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Nike flyease trainers and SAFOs/AFOs

Do you struggle to find shoes to fit your AFOs? Do you find it hard to put your shoes on yourself?

I spent months looking for a new pair of trainers that fitted with my SAFOs (Silicone ankle foot orthotics). I had been holding on to a very old pair of trainers with a velcro strap for years, as everytime I looked I couldn't find anything. This also wasn't helped by the fact I have big feet! In trainers I usually need an 8.5 /9 to accommodate my SAFOs, and most women's trainers only go up to size 8.

I did find some shoes especially made for wearing with splints but they were not nice looking and bore a huge disability price tag. Alternatively, I found some shoes from America, in which I thought, what would I do if they didn't fit or were not suitable? It wasn't ideal.

Finally, I came across the Nike revolution 5 flyease trainers. I got them in October 2019, so have had them for 4 months now and I am very happy with them. I would definitely recommend them to others. T…
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My first few days of work experience

Just before Christmas I had my first day of work experience. A lot of people have asked me how I got on, so I thought I would write about it.

It was a big day. I might be 28, but because of being ill and disabled, I have never had a job or done any work experience. This also made writing under the subheading of 'Experience' on my CV tricky.

I secured this work experience through an event the company were hosting for White Lodge, which I was attending, in my ambassador role. I had literally just finished AAT level 4 at the time. Through networking the opportunity opened up. This was good as I feel they got to know me, in a social situation, rather than 'the girl in the wheelchair.'

Prior to the event, I was worried about how I would get work experience. Would people judge? Stereotype? Assume that because I am disabled, I am unreliable or always off sick? Be discriminative or not want me? I know I am not the only disabled person who worries about these things. Furthermore, I…

Helpful tips when talking to wheelchair users and disabled people

This blog is my collection of tips when speaking and interacting with disabled people. I wanted to check out with disabled friends and bloggers on their views and opinions, to make sure I was giving a fair and broad opinion. I wanted it to be a post that reflects most disabilities, and as I don't have a visual or hearing impairment I have asked others with these disabilities for their input, as well as those with mobility problems.

The main point that sums up everything is: Treat us and talk to us you would to able bodied people.  -Talk to us. Not the person who is with us. 
-Don't treat us as if we are simple or stupid. Just because part of our body doesn't work or we use a wheelchair doesn't mean our brain doesn't work.
-Please don't stare.
-Don't be afraid to talk to us and ask questions, except please don't ask what is wrong with us and whether we will ever walk again. It is such a personal question. Especially, as the first or second question.

2020 aims and goals

Happy New Year! 2020 has arrived!

What are my aims and goals for 2020?

There are so many things I would like to achieve or do. I am always over ambitious!

I want to continue my 6 months part time work experience and complete it. Hopefully then I can become MAAT (A full member of AAT).

I could/might start studying chartered accountancy...Well...Possibly!

After I have finished my part time work experience, I would like to get a part time job. My first ever job!

I would like to reach more people and make a bigger impact with my blog. Make a bigger difference. Promote equality. Disabled people are just as worthy as able bodied people.
I hope to continue my charity work, raising money for Starlight and doing more speeches raising awareness of disability and White Lodge. Furthermore, writing articles etc.

I would like to gain more independence and mobility.

I would like to learn to sing and become a better Christian, learn more about God. Mind you, I think they were on my aims and goals las…

2019- A year of achievement

2019 has been a year of achievement for me. I have not completed everything I set out to do, but I am proud of what I have achieved.

I completed my last AAT exam at the beginning of the year and then graduated with a distinction in September.

I spent a quarter of the year in The Wolfson unit for neuro rehabilitation. This was tough. Tougher than I imagined, nevertheless with fantastic specialist input I succeeded in making amazing progress.
I had the good news that 13 months post my major surgery to my femur in 2018, my femur had healed!
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Sibling grief

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One of the hardest questions is: Do you have any brothers or sisters? Especially, if you have only just met the person. If I say 'Yes' then it often leads to being asked: Are they younger or older? How old are they? What do they do? Do they live at home? Sometimes I go along with this, but it gets tricky. If I say I have an older brother, then do I give what his age would be now? Initially, I said that he was 24, the age he was when he died. However, now I am 28 I can't say he is my older brother and then say 24. If I say 'No' then it feels wrong, I end up feeling upset. I had and I still have a brother.  Sometimes, I say 'Yes' but then explain that he tragically died. This is fin…

Starlight Children's Foundation

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They do this in hospitals, hospices and in the community; through wish granting, pantomimes, escape days, distraction boxes, boost boxes and much more.

The wishes granted can be vastly different and only limited by a child's imagination! From being a policeman for the day, to swimming with dolphins, to being a princess for the day. The wish to meet a singer, celebrity or TV character, to going on holiday and everything in between!

The pantomime crew tour around many hospitals, bringing great pleasure to young patients. Entertaining them and distracting them from painful and unpleasant treatments they may be going through.

Starlight runs several escape days every year. They are days when families are given the opportunity to 'escape' and have some fun as a family. They normally involve a large number of activities on offer from …