14 years of health & 14 years of disability

I turned 28 at the end of February and now the beginning of March, marks 14 years since my injury. 14 years of being unwell and disabled. Half my life. 14 years of being able bodied and 14 years of being ill.

It is emotional to think about it. To think of everything that has happened in those years. To think where those years have gone.

To think how my life would have been. It is so very different. It is hard. I have not had the general course I would have taken, that my friends and peers have. I have not gone to university, achieved a great career, met the love of my life, got married, had my own place or started a family.

Although it is unfair to generalise and I am only 28, there is still the potential for some of those things to happen, there is more uncertainty, due to my health and disability, than there is for others.

It is almost like going through a grieving process. You are grieving for the life you have not had, or missed out on. Although, nobodies life goes 100% according …

Why are people so quick to judge?

We all do it. Judge each other. Often, not even giving the other person a chance. Despite the famous saying: Don't judge a book by its cover. We do. Generally, we barely let someone walk into a room, before we have made up our mind and formed a conclusive opinion.

Why are we so judgemental? There is so much more than meets the eye. Personalities, kindness, friendliness, love, experiences, health. They say that first impressions are made in the first 7 seconds of meeting someone. But is that really giving people a chance? Even after a day you can't really judge as that could be a bad day for the person. They may not be feeling well, had a bad day or just not be in a good mood. We can't be perfect all the time!
How well do you really know the person? Nobody really knows what people go through in their private life. Health or mental health struggles, financial struggles or family worries to name a few. Some people may have a certain insight, while others may not. Some people …

What is AAT?

AAT stands for Association of Accounting Technicians and is an accounting body.

There are three levels of AAT. Level 2-Foundation certificate in accounting, level 3-Advanced diploma in accounting and level 4-Professional diploma in accounting.

Once you have completed level 4 and the relevant work experience, you are a AAT accountant. You can become a member of AAT and have MAAT after your name. After 5 years of work experience as a MAAT, you can become a fellow member of AAT and have FMAAT after your name.

What does it mean? 'An AAT Accountant (MAAT) can perform the same accounting tasks as a chartered accountant, however they are unable to sign off an auditor's report.'
'An AAT Accountant can sign off the accounts for companies up to the audit threshold, where a company does not have a turnover more than £6.5 million and its balance sheet total is not more than £3.26 million.'

If you want to take you career further, then there are exemptions from all of the UK char…

2019 aims and goals

Happy New year!

What are my aims and goals for 2019?

I hope to write blog posts more regularly. To reach people who it is relevant to, it can help and encourage or give strength as well as raising awareness.

I hope to finish off my accountancy (AAT) exams and become a qualified accounting technician. I have one exam left, Personal Tax, so all being well this should be possible.

Maybe then try and some part time work experience for maybe 3 hours or so a week. I will have to see how I go and what I can manage.

I always said that in 2019, once I have finished my exams, I would have singing lessons and learn to 'sing' properly! I find singing quite powerful and uplifting. However, I would like to sing 'in tune' as such! I sound amazing to myself. I know however, if I recorded myself I would probably be horrified! Isn't it strange how to yourself you sound okay even when you are not?

Inpatient rehabilitation will hopefully happen. I don't like this. Another stint aw…

Looking back on 2018

2018 has been a good year.

What have I done or achieved?

Firstly, I started my blog. 'Hannah's Hope' was created! It has been a busy year, so I have not posted as often or regularly as I hoped to, but I have got started and had some positive feedback. Hopefully, in 2019 my blog will continue to prosper.

I turned 27 years old in February.

I have passed all my Accountancy (AAT) exams that I have taken so far. Hopefully, I am not going to jinx my business tax exam results, which I think I should get at the beginning of January!

I had major surgery on my femur at the beginning of July, and spent 5 weeks in hospital. Followed by several months recovering. It took me a long time to get back to my 'base line' from before the operation. Unfortunately, my leg is not really healing so it is more or less still in two pieces. We are hoping that I will get funding approved for some specialist injections, to help with the bone healing. On a positive note, however, I have made so…

The perils of being a wheelchair user

There are many situations I have been in that have shocked me, or things that people will say or are happy to say in modern day. 2018. The 21st century. Below are a few examples of sadly the many experiences that I am not alone in experiencing.

A lady in the supermarket car park said to me: 'It is such a shame, you are too pretty to be in a wheelchair.' Would it be alright then if I was not pretty? It is kind of her to say that I was pretty, but disabilty is not selective in looks. It does not care who it strikes.

Another example is a few weeks ago, I went to an event, that should have been set up well given the audience it was intended for. It didn't start well. The steps were so steep. I didn't think even if there was a ramp, my wheelchair would have been able to make the gradient up, so I thought I would have to listen from outside. However, they got a long ramp out and eventually, after having it the wrong way up and then upside down it was in position! I then relu…

What makes me?

How would people describe me? Those who do not know me would probably say 'the girl in the wheelchair'. However, there is more to me than a disabilty. Although my disability is part of me; the experiences I have had as a result have made me a better person. I am still a person. I am Hannah!

When I was thinking about what makes me me, I thought there are some facts and some opinions maybe I will include some of both!

My hair

I have unbelievably thick, firey ginger, curly hair. Although, due to many years inside in hospital it is more auburn coloured now due to the lack of sunlight. It goes into tight ringlets after being washed and it looks as if I can be in the Lion King without a headdress once it has been brushed!

My eyes, face and skin!

I have a very pale completion that makes anyone look tanned next to me. I rarely wear make up except for special occasions, birthdays and weddings. I don't have enough time to do it and am quite happy going for the natural look! I hate i…