I, Daniel Blake meets haters Camilla Long & Toby Young

This post has been republished for the UK General Election 2017 here

I, Daniel Blake hit closer to home than any other film in my lifetime. However, reviews by Camilla Long, Sunday Times film critic and Toby Young, Daily Mail, mock the disabled and vulnerable people caught in the catch-22 welfare system in this powerful and beautifully honest film. To me that rings alarm bells about the UK psyche. Continue reading →

TFL ‘Please Offer me a Seat’ Trial

Last month I was selected to take part in the Transport for London Please Offer Me a Seat trial which is the first of its kind on TFL to alert passengers to those needing a seat. Badges and cards were given to qualifying people with disabilities and/ or ‘hidden illnesses’ i.e. that were not ‘visible’.

Personally I hate the term ‘hidden illness’ as I’m not hiding anything. It’s suggests something other than ‘proper illness’. It is a term that has been coined to basically describe ‘biology’ to the ignorant. But we shall have to continue to use it until we have equity. Continue reading →

My birthday trip to A&E

I often get told I ‘look so well’. This is a story about how a birthday dinner can quickly turn into a trip to A&E when you have an autoimmune condition (or in my case several).

I don’t always organise something for my birthday but this year I thought I would. I have to admit though, by the time the date came around, I wasn’t in the most sociable of moods as another autoimmune condition of mine Continue reading →

How Brexit affects my health, your health, the health of the UK

I woke up in what seemed like a parallel universe on the morning of Friday 24 June. First, Facebook told me the Brexit vote had won with a referendum result of 52% to 48%. A few minutes later David Cameron was resigning, next I saw a clip of Donald Trump arriving in Scotland to open a golf club! What was happening?😱 Don’t get me wrong I’m glad Dave is out but I wanted to have the opportunity to vote him out democratically via a general Continue reading →

Don’t Take Chemotherapy, Eat This Apple Instead

As I sit here taking my weekly chemotherapy, I have just finished reading an article by Chanel White Dear Person Giving Me Unsolicited Medical Advice. Chanel has previously written an article raising awareness of the many autoimmune illnesses which are treated with chemotherapy. She initially wrote this article because she was fed up of people telling her she didn’t need it or that it couldn’t possibly be proper chemo because she didn’t have cancer! Continue reading →

Cobbled Bones and Blue Badges

Hi all! Apologies for my absence over the last couple of weeks but quite frankly I have been feeling pretty rotten, my RA is all over the place, the pain in all my joints, muscles, tendons, head and face is a little bit ridiculous as if I am carrying an obese baby hippo on my back night and day. And it isn’t even a cute baby hippo. Continue reading →