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Life On The Edge Of The Sofa
I'm a 42 year old writer, living with my husband and a large collection of tarantulas in Essex. I have an adult son with severe autism and learning disabilities, I'm a media volunteer for Epilepsy Action, and - in spite of a disability preventing me from continuing in my career as a care assistant (I had also hoped to train as a staff nurse) - I give back what I can to my community by volunteering at the local library a few times a week. I am passionate about human and animals rights, and believe that all lives matter. I'm known locally as the eccentric Doctor Who fan who always wears fandom t-shirts and a smile. Oh; I'm also known as Spider Lady.
I enjoy baking, reading and gardening, and I have extensive ways in which to use garden ingredients for pickles and sauces. I've spent this year regaining my health after a near-fatal illness last summer, and encourage others to embrace life in every way they can.
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Monthly Archives: June 2012
I honestly believed that, in this day and age, people had become accustomed to and had learned a little about autism. Obviously I was wrong. Ignorance apparently still abounds, and no ignorance so obvious as this evening. D and I … Continue reading
Or, at least, that seems to be what I managed to do with this blog yesterday. Most of you probably remember this post about the Wedding Gown From Hades. Almost three hundred English Pounds ended up in recycling and not … Continue reading
On the way home from Cheltenham on Sunday, I finished my Kindle copy of The Grievers by Marc Schuster. Intelligently, sensitively written, the book is dark, thought-provoking, edgy, stark, bitter-sweet, melancholy and screamingly funny by turns. Others have already written … Continue reading
Disclaimer: I am not paid to post links to either Epilepsy Action or the National Autistic Society. The fact that I can create links to take people to sites that can offer the advice and support that they are looking … Continue reading
My husband and I just returned from a three hour stay in A&E because I had a seizure which rapidly descended into Status Epilepticus. The story and the photographs that you are going to see will not be pretty, so … Continue reading
I know little to nothing of Jenny McCarthy, save for the fact that she’s an ex Playboy Bunny and an idiot. She also happens to have an autistic son. Wait, what’s that? She cured him? It’s a miracle; won’t she … Continue reading
Look at the man in this picture. He is tired; he is stressed; he is isolated. He simply cannot take any more strain alone. He, like my husband, is a carer to someone – his needs ignored or put behind … Continue reading
As I wander around the Blogosphere I can’t help but notice that there are a good many bloggers with Facebook fan pages. I’ve created one now – it’s HERE, but now that it exists I have no idea what to … Continue reading
I was going to post something about eyecare in the United Kingdom, due to my having had an eye test yesterday and discovering that I now need the dreaded varifocals, but something far more important has caught my attention today. … Continue reading