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All Out Solidarity

It’s 11pm and I’ve just settled into bed. I can hear the comforting sound of Fat Sister turning in for the night in the room next door. I heard her shut the blind, giggling gently as we both said goodnight … read more

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Fat Sister Strikes Again

Fat Sister’s a specialist Registrar in a busy South London hospital. Like every doctor I’ve ever met she takes the oath she made to ‘do no harm’ very seriously. Her day and night shifts are always long, she … read more

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For the Love of the NHS and My Sibling’s Sanity

Fat Sister is a doctor. She’s been one for the last six years, and before that spent six years at medical school. Her whole adult life has been dedicated to medicine.

Anyone who knows Fat Sister will also know that … read more

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Brain Waving

This morning I took part in some research being conducted by the Movement Disorder team at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

This study involves collecting data from the brain using an electroencephalogram, more commonly know as an EEG. … read more

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It Seems I Had a Fit

Nearly every day for almost four years I’ve had episodes that I call ‘ticcing fits’ when my usual tics suddenly intensify and I completely lose control of my body and speech.

Although they look seizure-like and need similar … read more

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Taking the Piss

Several years ago I started taking a muscle-relaxant medication called Baclofen and from the very beginning I noticed that I needed to wee more frequently and urgently. My doctors didn’t seem surprised by this and apparently it’s not an uncommon … read more

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Where Is The Justice?

I’m on a train on the way back from Cardiff. I was performing there yesterday at the Unity, an amazing inclusive arts festival. I’ll write about it in more detail soon, but not going to be the subject of … read more

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“Cats Not Cuts”

On May 8th, in Brighton, I woke up to the crushing news that the Conservative Party would again be forming the next Government, this time with an overall majority. Straightaway I determined to turn my great sadness at this … read more

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Welcome Back Fingers

It’s been gloriously sunny and this evening Will and I soaked it up as we went from work to a pub in Brixton, with him pushing his bike and me pushing myself in my wheelchair. We were off to meet … read more

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The Longest Five Years of My Life

The general election’s just three days away and I can’t wait – I’ve never been so ready to vote. The last five years have felt like the longest years ever – they could’ve been five decades.

My life looks very … read more

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