• 2016,  honesty,  mental health,  perceptions,  personal,  Self-Care,  sharing,  Things I am proud of,  twitter,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Safe Space

    A couple of weeks ago, a new collaborative blog – Safe Space – was launched. For the past year or so I’ve been unconvinced by the concept of “safe space” on the internet – a space where people can be free to share/be who and what they are completely without fear of abuse, hate, ridicule, triggers or trolling.  It seems like too big a goal both with how massive the internet and it’s trolling problems have become and the fact that for some people what is acceptable and OK can be what’s triggering, abusive or upsetting for others. Online (and in person) safe spaces are a worthwhile goal and one…

  • 2013,  achievements,  C-A-B,  personal,  success stories,  Things I am proud of,  things people say,  Uncategorized

    Thank You

    I’m quite well known for not noticing people waving to me when I’m out and about. Or not knowing who people are when they know me. Part of that has to do with the fact I meet so many people through things like CAB. I’m usually the only person they deal with but depending on if I’m doing appointments of gateway (10 minute triage like interviews) I might see up to 4 people in one session. The big thing in training for CAB is confidentiality. One of the points made about it is that due to that you shouldn’t acknowledge clients outside the bureau. That’s easier than it sounds because…

  • disability,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >I Come With Wheels

    >I originally wrote this in September 2003.  I just found it and re-read it and wanted to share it here.  It has some relevance to the entry I am writing for the next disability blog carnival which will be posted within the next hour or so, most likely.  I consider this to be the first time I wrote a “disability essay” and wrote truly and honestly about my disabilities and what the had meant and did mean to me rather than writing something negative out in the “heat of the moment.” I come with wheels Crippled, disabled, spastic, stiffy, handicapped, weirdo, diplegic, cerebral palsy sufferer, abnormal, disabled, freak. A whole…

  • General Life Stuff 2006 - 2008,  quotes,  sailing,  Things I am proud of,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    >Lose Sight of the Shore

    >This is the 700th (public) post on this blog. The post below is a paraphrased version of part of what I wrote in a card to a good friend. As she received it yesterday I will share the thoughts here. It’s not word for word as I didn’t think to note them down before I sent it. *** “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gilde The above quote came to mind a lot when we were at Rutland Water a few weeks ago for the regatta. Not the exact wording, I had to look that up. But the…

  • 101 in 1001,  achievements,  Race for Life,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >Race for Life 2008

    >I want to try and get some more down on “paper” about the Race for Life and what it was like as an experience before it fades too much more from my memory. I’ll do a photo post in a few days – the best photos are on my mum’s camera and she can’t find the lead for it right now but hopefully she will soon. It really was a wonderful experience and I am so glad I did it. But I do feel a little deflated now so I’m hoping to get it all down and share the full story now. Race for Life is a women only event…

  • disability,  fun stuff,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >”yeah, well, I’m not normal.”

    >I did the most wonderfully outrageous and somewhat drastic thing this afternoon.  I had my hair chopped off. It was just below my shoulders and now the longest bits are chin length with lots of shorter bits.  And it totally rocks.  Pictures soon, promise. Basically I went in and said to Lizzie (hairdresser) that I was thinking of going short and what did she reckon.  I did say no to shaving it all off but other than that gave her free rein, specifying that I meant *short* short.  It’s what she describes as a graduated bob but funkier. And when she was finished she went “you do NOT want to…

  • blogging,  influences,  Things I am proud of,  thinking,  Uncategorized

    >7 Years

    >Today marks my 7th anniversary as a blogger.  I just realised that late last night. Obviously not all of it is on this site.  And some of my older blogs are lost forever.  That’s not really a bad thing.  When I go back and read some of the older stuff (some of it is saved on my hard drive) it makes me cringe to see what I used to write about and how I used to write.  But it’s also nice to have that record. Even going back to September this year (just for example) if I were to read my entries again I would find things that I had…

  • achievements,  sick crip,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >112 Days

    >I just realised that today is the 112th Day of the year. And I have taken my medication on every single one of those 112 days. For the girl who spent most of last year maybe taking the pills once a week? Hell, the girl who sometimes took them once a month if she was lucky? Simply unbelievable. I know a lot of people won’t understand why taking my meds is so hard for me and why this is such a big deal. I don’t truly understand it myself. But who cares? I’m calling this an achievement. All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • 101 in 1001,  achievements,  NEED EDITING,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >Look what I got!

    > This is my new Tattoo which I had done today. It’s my first and despite the words of Klunky (the guy who did it and who assures me that I will want more) I don’t feel any great desire to get more. I wasn’t put off getting more but I didn’t leave all addicted to tattooing and desperate for another like he said I would. There were a few other designs I liked but I knew before I went what I had to get and as soon as I saw this design knew it was the one. It was about halfway through the first thing of designs I looked…

  • awareness,  C-A-B,  CP related,  Things I am proud of,  Uncategorized

    >My wheelchair is…

    >When I e-mailed the manager of CAB about yesterday’s event (she was off sick, bet she loved coming back to that e-mail) I used the analogy that my wheelchair, and to a lesser extent my walker*, is my legs and told her that a huge part of my freaked outness was because if it had of been broken by that bloody brat of a child I literally would not have been able to get home. I wasn’t sure she would understand that but she said she did.  And she said she’s sorry it happened and she’ll get back to me about the question I raised about insurance. Anyway I thought…