My Unique Story

Writing blogs for The CP Diary, was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences. Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ was the other part of the process. Up until that point, I didn’t understand what my disability meant in any detail, what my symptoms were, or how I presented.

Finding out about my disability at the age of 46, and writing about my experiences in a self-contained place, so I could finally come to terms with everything that’s happened, makes ‘my story’, unique. Also …

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24 Jun, 2021

Children and Exercise in Covid-19

Experts are extremely concerned that the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on children’s physical activity levels. New figures from Sport England show the majority of young people failed to meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise in the 2019/20 school year.

There were 2.3 million children classed as ‘inactive’ as a result of lockdown restrictions, which means they were not doing even 30 minutes of exercise per day. The survey showed the pandemic has also …

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23 Jun, 2021

The Psychology of Expectations

Expectations are things you want to achieve, or things you believe life should grant you. Society, institutions, have a habit of placing expectations on us.

When we’re small, institutions like school expect great things. Children are expected to do well, and questions asked if they don’t. As parents we also place expectations on our children so they will grow up to be …

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22 Jun, 2021

Going out for the first time

t’s been 15 months now since the UK initially went into lockdown in March 2021 due to Covid-19, and with the outside world feeling beyond my reach mentally and emotionally, today is a pinnacle moment. I managed to go out.

Yes, going out for the first time to a grocery store, I feel as though I have reached the top of a mountain and I couldn’t be prouder. I hope I can continue to move forward and feel confident about going out as and …

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20 Jun, 2021

Autism and fear

When it comes to informative blogs such as this, I research the facts to make sure that what I know is what the facts recall. The pandemic felt massive, I had no control over how I felt, how I saw it. The principal emotion of autism is fear. It is because I deal with autism that I have fear. There is no getting away from that.

Writing about autism in my book Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm After the Storm’ understanding how I think and what my struggles were, adds a different perspective to the book, one that I …

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19 Jun, 2021

Exposed to different elements

Mental health is the umbrella term used to describe “a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.” – Google.

When we’re small we’re exposed to different elements and those elements may become a problem around our mental health. Being exposed to the different elements starts when you’re undervalued, under loved …

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18 Jun, 2021

Growing up with a determination

Had everything come together, and everyone done their job with my disability and learning difficulties, I would have been put into a special school, so my life would have been worse in that respect, but I still never grew up the way I wanted to.

Although ignoring a disability must never be something society ignores or condones, in my case growing up with no mental or emotional support, over the years I became more determined to find out about my …

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16 Jun, 2021