I’ve had many of these about me type pages over the years and I figured it was about time I had one here.
I’m Emma Crees. I’m 34 and from the UK.
I’ve been blogging in a variety of different places and under a variety of different usernames since November 2000 when I was not quite 19 and in my first term at university. If that sounds like a long time it’s because it is, it’s a life time. This is usually the point where I write “most of those earlier blogs are missing, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not.” But I just went on a little hunt and discovered that actually a lot of them are still online. Not that I’ll admit to wear.
Over the years I’ve been referred to as a disability blogger and also as a book blogger. Both are true but I prefer to just be called a blogger because I blog about my life.
I blog a lot about books because reading is one of my real passions in life. I’ll read pretty much anything apart from horror. I’m very rarely without something to read on me – especially now I’ve a smartphone with the kindle app. I review books on this blog.
Having been disabled my whole life I have a lot to say about disability issues from the annoying, funny, scary to the happy ones and anything inbetween. I use a wheelchair (specifically I have an Action 3 manual chair with a jay3 backrest for indoors, very short distances outdoors and/or when someone is with me and a Quickie Jive M Hybrid powerchair with a jay comfort back for everything else) . I seemed to get asked a lot by strangers whether I’ve got MS or if I had polio. One guy assumed I’d had an accident and even asked “from which point down don’t you work.” I couldn’t exactly answer that question. What I’ve actually got is CP aka Cerebral Palsy. and for CP geeks, those in the know and anyone else who might be interested I have spastic CP and it’s either diplegia or quadriplegia depending who you ask/what definition of diplegia you use. Basically it’s pretty much mostly my legs and but I have some hand/arm involvement cue arguments about whether that makes me quad or not (I always thought until a few years ago it didn’t).
I do voluntary work for a couple of different organisations including my local CAB where I spent one morning a week seeing clients and another morning a week working with a colleague on our social policy (campaigning, usually gathering/writing evidence for others to base their campaigns on) work. I love to write and dream of one day having a book published. At the moment I contribute to a couple of other sites on either a regular or occasional basis.
I also enjoy sailing and am quite crafty. Or at least I’m good at starting crafts. I officially suck at finishing them!
I’ve been known to tell people that I’m “so much more than ‘that girl in the wheelchair’ ” – a phrase I’ve heard many times (often from CAB clients who’ll pop back in and say “I don’t know who I saw it was the one in the wheelchair?” annoying as this is it does mean the receptionists and supervisors always know it’s me they mean!). I hope to use this blog to show that.
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