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The reality of being disabled

I don’t go on about being disabled; my condition is caused by a genetic flaw, and there is nothing I can do about it. Within the next year, I shall be in a wheelchair.

Me, at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol- June 2011

I’m not complaining, after all the injury that caused my left tendon to tear was done over 40 years ago when I was in the Royal Air Force. I have had a reasonably good life since then and seen many things I thought I’d never see.

Because of my bad genetics certain parts of my life have been denied me. I can not go for the walks I once enjoyed, even short walks tire me quickly. I don’t hide the fact that I wear a leg brace – I wish I didn’t need it – but it’s part of my life and until two weeks ago I never considered myself a public health risk.

Like many fellow sufferers, living with the thought of a wheelchair is a reality not a cheap and tasteless publicity stunt, Kylie Jenner.

Even if we are in wheelchairs, that doesn’t mean we can’t be seen as attractive to the opposite sex. If all you see is our disability, then YOU are the person with the disability, not us.

I looked at your photos, and my first thought was not about the wheelchair or the sexuality of the pose. My first thought was about the model. My first thought was that you were a mannequin, not a person. The expression on your face was so lacking appeal, I have seen sexier plastic dolls.



I ‘ve had a Goodreads page for a few years, but it never did me any good. One person I knew couldn’t leave the trolls alone and did endless damage to our sales for the charity books. Many of my friends were associated with the man and had books trashed by these people, who start a conversation with I never read the book, but.


What works for me

There is no certain combination for success, over the past four years I have tried many sites and sales platform, and came to the conclusion that for me, this is my winning combo.


The Peacock Writers

The Peacock Writers are a group of friends who write books for charity, as such we never see any monies from the sales of our books. We get the joy from writing for charity, and knowledge we’re helping people.

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