My book in difficult times

Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm after the Storm’ – I use my experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change which are particularly helpful through these difficult times.

If everything feels big and scary, if you’re struggling to get your head around the Coronavirus, if you’re struggling to get your head around social isolation for any length of time, if you’re worrying about …

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25 Mar, 2020

Responsibility & closure

Having worked on my book for 3 years, outlining my experiences as they happened and leaving no stone un-turned, I am still left with a sense of foreboding.

I didn’t get my chance to have my say on my disability and the hardships I’ve endured. I could write another book putting a different slant on my experiences, and I would still have the same foreboding …

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15 Mar, 2020

A box of books

How did I feel receiving a box of books on publication day? Honestly, it felt surreal as though the books were being delivered for someone else, not me. Having them, brings up lots of emotions.

Touching the pages and looking through the book,  I am thankful. I never thought I’d get to know what my disability was never mind be able to write about it. It’s also tinged with irritability and sadness, but …

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13 Feb, 2020

Book Reviews

My book helps me understand my life, it brings clarity to a disability I didn’t know I had, it helps me find ways through issues I struggle to resolve. My book also helps me work through my stress, and anxiety.

As I take myself by the hand, I take the reader by the hand, so they don’t have to take their journey alone. That said, I thought it would be helpful for me to put out any reviews I get for the book, in the hope …

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29 Jan, 2020

My book brings acceptance

I remember not being able to peel my eyes off my odd-looking left foot as a child and next to now muscle tone and becoming irritated, seeing my other beautifully formed right leg and foot staring back at me.

I was never able to get past that. Fast forward to the present day and I can look in the mirror at my foot and my leg, without feeling irritated any more. The book brings order, understanding and acceptance …

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20 Jan, 2020

Breaking down barriers

Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: A Story ‘Finding the Calm after the Storm’ breaks down barriers not just around disability, but also in wider life. Sensitively written, it charts my journey page by page, breaking down barriers as I go.

Having struggled throughout my life to find a place living with a disability I didn’t know I had, I didn’t realise how stigmatised my life had become. Although things weren’t said, it became obvious from an …

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9 Jan, 2020

No apology necessary

Writing a book isn’t easy, particularly when you know what you’re writing helps you, but potentially isn’t something others close will accept.

I remember watching a documentary about Lily Allen, who was particularly blunt about her experiences, and her explaining in the documentary that her book didn’t go down well with her family. I have nothing …

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4 Jan, 2020

Signs that mum approves

With just under a week to go and with advanced copies of the book now in my possession, the day I received them will be forever etched in my memory.

The morning I received the books, I had a sign early on that mum was with me and that she approves the book. Sitting at the kitchen table the kitchen lights started to flicker for a few seconds, a sure sign …

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27 Dec, 2019

My struggles today

I’m not exactly sure why I’m struggling with the enormity of my experiences now, but perhaps it’s got something to do with my book being published in two weeks time.

I am irritated by the fact that my experiences were allowed to happen and that’s what I’m struggling to get past today. I know that without my life I could never have written the book, but those factors …

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19 Dec, 2019

Writing my memoirs

Growing up with a disability I didn’t know I had meant that I needed to find out. I needed to piece all my experiences together, get to know me, understand my difficulties and come face to face with my disability.

I would never understand my life, without going back to the beginning and writing my experiences down in the order they happened. Had I have known about my disability as a child, my life would have …

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16 Dec, 2019