In one week’s time our production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Not I’ opens at Battersea Arts Centre in London. We’ve been in rehearsals this week and it’s been great getting back into the play. I’ve particularly enjoyed rehearsing with Charmaine, our … read more
I’m lying in bed, my soft duvet enveloping my exhausted body. This weekend the Touretteshero team’s been working flat out on Heroes of the Imagination at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival.
Over the last two days over 2000 children and … read more
I had a visit last week from my occupational therapist (OT) whose job is to make sure I have everything I need to be as safe and independent at home as I can be.
Over the last year or so … read more
In January 2014 I was having a tough time. I’d recently developed dystonia in my hands, which made it hard for me to use them. I had to learn to do things in new ways, like pulling my trousers up … read more
I’m not very well today, but acknowledging that, and saying I’m ill, is something I find hard to do.
I’m used to identifying as ‘disabled’ within the context of the Social Model. To me, saying I’m a Disabled Person … read more
Just after Christmas my friend Lottie told me about a product she’d seen at a trade fair – a wearable hot water bottle. She thought it might be useful in helping me to manage the pain I’ve been having … read more
Yesterday I wrote with pride about my stealthy stair-climbing skills as I crept past my niece’s room while she was asleep.
In the morning Fat Sister brought me a slice of peanut butter on toast. Because she’s my sister she … read more
Because lots of my support workers are still away after the holidays I’ve had a few more gaps in my support than normal. Fat Sister and King Russell have stepped in to help, and last night I went to stay … read more
A couple of days ago I got an unexpected call from my Local Authority’s Adult Social Care Community Review Team (what a mouthful!) The woman I spoke to was very friendly and explained that she needed to visit me to … read more
Because of the chronic pain I’m experiencing, which I’ve written about a lot recently, I’m under the care of my local pain clinic and my GP, and I’ve got a range of medications to help me manage the pain.
There … read more