• 2013,  acceptance,  antidepressants,  courage,  depression,  difficulties,  fluoxetine,  guest blog,  meds,  mental health,  normal,  Sertraline,  sharing,  treatment,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Talking, Ten Years Later

    It’s that time of the month again when I mosey on over to Bea Magazine and share what I’m thinking, feeling, doing, whatever with them. I don’t like February. There have been a lot of tough times in previous ones and there are several anniversaries now in a short time. It’s been long enough now that most of their sting has gone but still it lurks. This year I remembered the dates but it wasn’t until several days into the month when I wondered why I felt down and put it together that its often a time I struggle. Yesterday marked 10 years since I was first diagnosed with depression.…

  • 2012,  acceptance,  advocacy,  Attempts at World Domination,  CP related,  disability,  disability normal,  disablism,  discrimination,  influences,  normal,  perspective,  Uncategorized

    Happy Tears

    I was asked to speak at an equality event today. About the access group (AFA) I’m chair of and a bit about my own story as a disabled person. I think it well. I didn’t write a speech, I had a few ideas but wanted to just talk off the cuff. It helped that this is I think the third time I’ve explained to people what and why AFA is (although previously I’ve only done so in informal settings). The very first idea I’d thought of when thinking it over I forgot to use. I talked about how I don’t suffer from CP because it’s all I’ve ever known. How…

  • disability,  disability normal,  normal,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    >Disability Normal – The Twitter Version (Part 2)

    >Last night I wrote a blog entry – Disability Normal – about a new friend’s comments about getting an insight into my life and what her insight made me think.  It sparked quite a conversation on twitter this morning and I spent some time gathered the tweets together.  Those can be found in Disability Normal – The Twitter Version.  I then went up to my parents house for a Mothers Day barbecue (in the rain) and returned to discover in the several hours I was out it had continued.  So this is part two.  I rather suspect I might end up doing part three as well/.people think because you are…

  • disability,  normal,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    >Disability Normal – The Twitter Version

    >My previous blog post has inspired quite a lot of chat on twitter with various people sharing their own disability normal things. ┬áHere’s the list: (I’ve not linked the accounts because it would take FOREVER but you can search for them on twitter using the names listed or by searching #DisabilityNormal Falling up stairs – SpazGirl11 Spilling food – SpazGirl11 Not being able to find a coffee shop without a step – Batsgirl On the bright side, orders brought over to my table in Starbucks rather than standing around waiting – Batsgirl filling in a form within an hour of it dropping through the door – but having to wait…

  • disability,  friends,  normal,  Uncategorized

    >Disability Normal

    >On Tuesday I bumped into a new friend in town and we went for a drink.  We chatted for quite a while about this and that.  It was fun.  She’d mentioned maybe going to Bicester Village sometime and said it would probably be short notice. I didn’t expect it to be quite as short notice as it was (one hour) but we went Wednesday along with two of her daughters.  That (Wednesday) was I think the fourth time I met her.  I got some sailing gear (which unfortunately doesn’t fit) and a few small silly bits in Accessorize.  I think realistically there isn’t much at Bicester Village for me –…