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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

Simultaneously, I work as a Disability Member of the First Tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber sitting on disability benefit tribunals on an ad hoc basis.

As a writer I specialise in writing about disability and health.

My articles have been published in the Guardian, Times, OUCH! [BBC disability website], Disability Now, Broadcast, Lifestyle [Motability magazine], The Practising Midwife, 'Junior, Pregnancy & Baby', Writers' News, Able, Getting There [Transport for London magazine], Junior, Community Care, DPPi [Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International]. I have also had articles commissioned by Daily Mail.

For more information about me and for examples of my writing please see below.

If you would like me to write an article for your publication, about any aspect of disability, please do get in touch:

Monday, May 26, 2008

Honest to blog

Someone sent me a link to a blog by a man with leukaemia the other day, it was so honest and open that it was impossible not to be moved by it:

It made me think that in order for my blog to be more constructive perhaps I should be more honest and open about the issues I face especially the issue of having a child with the same disability as me.

But it's SO hard being honest with myself about the whole thing sometimes.

One of the issues I'm currently thinking about after a recent visit to the consultant is how far would I go to prevent Archie getting the same curved spine [lordosis] I have, a symptom of having Kniest. My problem is that perhaps the one thing I've always hated about having Kniest is the curved spine aspect of it - it made me semi-suicidal when I was a teenager.

But even if intervention is possible [and I currently don't know if it is because the consultant we actually went to see was "on a course", great] it will involve spinal surgery which is obviously not without great risk.

Would I be wrong to persue this option or wrong not to?

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