Claire and Cherry Pie

Author Archive: Claire and Cherry Pie

Milliner, amateur seamstress, mid-century vintage addict, craftoholic, singer, nerd and fancy dress fanatic who loves (most) animals great and small. Living a creative life with Dysautonomia and other chronic illnesses.

Write-ability salon for International Day for People with Disability

Today, December 3rd, is International Day for People with Disability and last night our Write-ability group had its second Salon evening for the year. The evening showcased writers with Disability and we had a wonderful lineup including Disability Activists Michelle Roger and Jax Jacki Brown.

Camperdown Cruise 2015 – with a little help from my friends!

I have a confession to make... I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). It can be all-consuming and anxiety-inducing. My dog has it too, although I like to think I manage mine better than he does 😉 The fact that my calendar seems to be quiet for a while and then have 3 things on the same time that I want to go to, like last weekend certainly doesn't help! I hear this phenomenon isn't exclusive to the chronically ill but sometimes I do think the calendar Gods are against me! Then the added element of having to miss out and cancel on a lot of things due to fatigue or not being able to get there and back under my own steam really doesn't help the situation.

Our Symphony for Science – with awesome photos!

A few weeks ago I posted about an upcoming concert to raise funds for Dysautonomia research conducted at the Baker IDI heart and Diabetes Institute. The concert was on Wednesday 30th of September and exceeded expectations! We had a full house and smashed our fundraising goal. Thank you to everyone who attended, I hope you had a marvellous night, I know I did!

Mental Health Week 2015 – My mental health story

On Monday night a very interesting episode of ABC's 'Q and A' was on, it was a special edition for 'Mental Health Week' and the panel consisted of psychiatrists, mental health advocates, and industry specialists. One thing that was discussed at length was the stigma attached to mental health. It's sad that there is still such a stigma because so many people have issues in this department.

A Symphony of Science for Dysautonomia

Are you someone who likes to join in or do you prefer to sit back and take it easy? Do you like to get up and be involved, find new friends and new communities, new things to do, new inspiration and new ways to have fun? I do! And this year I am getting involved by co-organising a concert to raise funds for research into Dysautonomia that is being conducted at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute - hope you can come along!