Claire and Cherry Pie

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Disability – What’s in a name?

How do you define Disability, what does it mean to you and why? I mostly saw disability through the eyes of an able person with little experience of that world until I realised I belonged in that world. I thought disability would be obvious; there would be things like mobility aids, Auslan interpreters, white-tipped canes and service dogs - I thought that disability was something you could see, which meant that chronic illness was illness, not disability.

Living Library

I love books - a good book can transport you to a different place or teach you something you want to know. I used to be a book addict, I devoured them in their hundreds and always wanted more. Books help exercise the imagination and stimulate a hunger for knowledge. I could never get enough, but I guess that's the thing with living with chronic illness and having an insatiable appetite for adventure - you have to live vicariously through the tales of others.

More precious than gold

This week I officially joined the ranks of the Australians who receive regular infusions of a blood product to help improve their health. There are thousands of Australians who require regular infusions of human blood products, to help treat many different, and often serious conditions. 1 in 3 Australians will require blood in their lifetime and according to the Australian Red Cross; "Currently only 1 in 30 people in Australia give blood"

Them feels

I've been in a bit of a rut lately; a writing rut, a brain rut and a life rut. Still, life did go on - I went on a lovely holiday with friends to Adelaide where we met a fabulous Facebook friend in person for the very first time (the power and reach of social media is amazing and can be a great resource when you can't leave the house that much). I had a wonderful time despite my frustrating body not really wanting to participate - I think pneumonia affected it more than I originally thought, so it was a bit of a surprise. But holidays end and things go back to normal.