Just a couple of days ago, a spurious email arrived in my inbox. Its writer attempted to extort money for information he, or she, has about my supposed infidelity. In return for a payment of $950 worth of bitcoin, the would-be blackmailer offered to keep quiet.
Our British Airways flight from Madrid to Heathrow was beset with problems. First, there was a ‘technical issue’ with the plane. At least, that was the official explanation but one of the staff at the boarding gate revealed that a bird had got on board and was being removed. Then, once we landed in London, … Continue reading Our trip to hell – part 2 – Los Angeles
Hi everyone, sorry it has been so long since I last wrote but what started as a dream vacation two months ago, turned into a nightmare. A nightmare that has not yet finished. It will take me more than one post to let you know what happened. For now, I’ll just give you a brief … Continue reading Our trip to hell and back! Really? Back?
Police on your doorstep late at night is never a good sign. If their business cannot wait until the morning, it must be serious, right? And, so, it happened. Just before midnight, a car pulled up and two uniformed officers came straight to our house. No, we had done nothing wrong – they didn’t want … Continue reading Late night police visit to pick me up
Hi This is just a brief note to say that 50shadesofsun.com is up and running again. I know there has been a lack of posts for a few months, but the site is back in business. Regular readers will know that I live with multiple sclerosis, an unpleasant, unwanted, degenerative disease. It is oppressive and … Continue reading 50shadesofsun.com is back
Wheelchairs remain a fear in the minds of many of us who have grown up hearing the phrase “confined to a wheelchair”. While that is not part of our current language about disabilities, a fear still remains about needing to use one. In truth, however, a wheelchair is a tool that can make our lives … Continue reading Some thoughts on making your home wheelchair-friendly
It seems that the media generally has become somewhat fixated on the heatwave being experienced in various countries worldwide. As a native Brit, I am well used to everyday conversations including the topic of the weather. It’s a staple of chat, an icebreaker. And, in the UK I left behind, people will be complaining about … Continue reading Heatwave and MS, is 34C (93F) too much to handle?
My thoughts are in the pan today, prompted by an excellent article by Ellie B in Modern Day MS. In it, she addresses bathroom issues that many of us with MS encounter such as, but not restricted to, bladder problems. Ellie writes: Many of us know that MS comes with a whole slew of bathroom … Continue reading MS guide to ins and outs of bathrooms
Soon after I was given a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, I was told that only 25% of people with the disease end up in wheelchairs. Whether the figure is right or wrong is not what concerned me. The use of words ‘only’ and ‘end up’ had such negative connotations for me, and still do to … Continue reading MS: Don’t fear wheelchairs – users are not broken
This post is by guest columnist Patrick Young, an educator and activist. He believes people with disabilities must live within a unique set of circumstances - the outside world often either underestimates them or ignores their needs altogether. Patrick created AbleUSA to offer helpful resources to people with disabilities and to provide advice on navigating … Continue reading Creating a small business – How to balance work, parenting and disability