• 2012,  disability,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  Save DLA,  Uncategorized

    >REPOST: My Submission To The Consultation on DLA Reform #spartacusreport

    >I originally wrote and posted this in February last year. It’s the text I submitted to the consultation on DLA reform that happened then. I am reposting it today as a part of my support of The Spartacus Report. I am lifelong disabled. Always have been and always will be. Specifically I have cerebral palsy (CP) and use a wheelchair 95% of the time. I’m able to stand and take a couple of steps, enough solely to move between bed, wheelchair, toilet, powerchair etc. I also have clinical depression and anxiety. This was not caused by my physical disability but is made much worse by it. I was diagnosed with…

  • Disability Now,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  success stories,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >I am A Writer In A Wheelchair and In Print (Again)

    >I have an article in this months Disability Now! It’s called Triumph Over Cuts Tragedy and it’s about the One Month Before Heartbreak campaign.  Mostly about the sense of friendship and community we managed to build.  To me that’s probably more important that what we did fighting the cuts. Please comment and let me know what you think of it – I love getting feedback and it’s all really useful. Finally, I’d just like to take this opportunity one more time to send huge huge thanks to everyone who took time to write, tweet, video, comment, facebook and so many other things as a part of One Month Before Heartbreak.…

  • Attempts at World Domination,  links,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Some Writing Links

    >As my mum commented in an e-mail yesterday I seem to be everywhere at the moment.  A slight exaggeration but I have had some success and exposure lately. I was asked to write for Community Care’s Service User Blog about One Month Before Heartbreak as a promotional thing.  One Month Before Heartbreak: You Can Speak Up For Disabled People Too The Guardian have been great with supporting One Month Before Heartbreak and they’ve mentioned us several times.  This Society Daily article pulled out several OMBH contribution to highlight including one of mine (my This is Disability image) I’m now a contributor for Where’s The Benefit?  The first piece I wrote…

  • me me me,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  Uncategorized

    >Several One Month Before Heartbreak Related LInks and News

    > (I’ve just posted the majority of this on the One Month Before Heartbreak blog but there is some extra more me related stuff at the bottom here) Today has been amazing for support for One Month Before Heartbreak. Sue Marsh (Diary of a Benefit Scrounger) wrote a piece for The Guardian which appeared in Comment is Free.  We’ve been mentioned by The Guardian several times but getting a piece in Comment is Free is huge.  Amplify the eloquent voices of the disabled protesters is Sue’s piece and it’s really good.  It contains many links to specific posts on the One Month Before Heartbreak blog.  Also that article has received…

  • disability blogs,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  Uncategorized

    >A Few One Month Before Heartbreak Links

    >I am very tired and need to go rest (waiting for my dinner to finish cooking and my mum to pop round or I’d already be in bed with a book or in a heap in front of the TV).  But I just wanted to highlight how amazing One Month Before Heartbreak has been.  I’m completely and utterly blown away by what we’ve done and the support we’ve had.  If you google “One Month Before Heartbreak” you get more than 13 thousand results.  13 THOUSAND.  that’s seriously mind boggling. I’ve not had time to share very many links or to do more than skim the posts that I’ve been scheduling…

  • One Month Before Heartbreak,  personal,  Uncategorized

    >Emma’s Story

    > Many of you know that I’m the one who had the idea for One Month Before Heartbreak.  You know my name is Emma Crees, maybe that I’m FunkyFairy22 on twitter and perhaps even that my blog is A Writer In A Wheelchair.  But a lot of you don’t know very much about me.  I’ve not had time to read many of the contributions.  I will have to take several hours once this event is over to read them.  Spread over several days most likely. I’m crazy busy with all this but loving it.  I’ve not had time for writing yet couldn’t sit by and let so many of you share such personal…

  • One Month Before Heartbreak,  Poetry,  Uncategorized

    >Just Trying

    > I wrote this poem back in 2005 and thought it would be worth fishing out and sharing as a part of One Month Before Heartbreak. I’m just tryingTo be meSo much more thanThe girl they see I might have this thingThey call CPBut that isn’tWhat defines me. I am different from youBut I think I have it bestI need a wheelchair and always will. Now I am differentBut eventuallyYou will beThe same as me. Thanks to the great equaliser called lifeOne day you too will experience this kind of strife When you are oldYou will understand what you’ve been told But for nowI will try and explain it somehow.Yet…

  • disability,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  photos,  Uncategorized

    >This is Disability

    >This is a post for One Month Before Heartbreak This is an image I made several years ago in an attempt to show that I’m so much more than just a “disabled person.”  It has various small photos of me doing different things all round the ages.  Then it has words next to them describing who I am.  Including (not an exhaustive list of what’s on the image) sister, passionate, graduate, procrastinator and colourful. Others of the words are things I like.  For example writing, reading, swimming and sailing.  In the middle is a big blue box which has This is Disability written on it with the ability written in…

  • disability,  One Month Before Heartbreak,  The Broken of Britain,  Uncategorized

    >More One Month Before Heartbreak Details

    > With just a few days to go before One Month Before Heartbreak I’m sure everyone wants to know what will happen on the day.  I know I do and I’m running it! This is a work in progress so please bear with me/us. There will be a master links list on The Broken of Britain Blog.  So please let us know where you’re post is so we can include it.  A brief idea of what it’s about is also useful (just topic not details).  You can do this in the comments on the blog or on twitter. We also have a One Month Before Heartbreak blog where we hope to cross post as many submissions as…

  • One Month Before Heartbreak,  Uncategorized

    >Less than a week to go – One Month Before Heartbreak

    >I need to write a post with some more details of One Month Before Heartbreak, I really do.  Hopefully if I don’t get that done tonight (I’m off out in about half an hour not sure for how long) I will get it up tomorrow. But one really, really great thing you can do to help us promote One Month Before Heartbreak is to use this image that Lisa (@IconicImagery) made for us.  Put it on your blog.  Use it as your facebook profile pic or your avatar on twitter.  Or some other site that I either can’t think of or don’t know about (if you do think of another…