Cat's Lockdown Entry

July 02, 2020

Well, I think we can all agree, the past 3-4 months have been very strange (to say the least!). I can honestly say I’ve gone through a rollercoaster of emotions, and I have to be honest, not all of them have been positive ones. Alongside CP, anxiety and depression are whether I like it or not, are big factors in my life. So sadly, I began to “go a little bit into myself” and did not feel like my usual self.

 

Over the past couple of years, I had really built myself up confidence wise and effectively had it all taken away in an instant. I know lockdown is a necessary evil to fight a pandemic, but I think most people would somewhat agree that lives have been put on hold.

I’ve also been without physiotherapy since a little before lockdown “officially started”. Most that know me would probably (wrongly) assume that I might not need as much physio as I do but I can safely say that these past months have proven that I definitely cannot manage without. Although my mum and I have been trying our best ourselves at home, it is just not the same. Pain levels have been significantly higher as has my fatigue.

 

One positive that came from lockdown was the time I spent decluttering my room and making it a happier place for me to be. Long before lockdown my mum thought I would really benefit from the companionship of a dog, mainly due to the element of responsibility ad exercise it would bring me. However the caveat of me being permitted a dog was that my room was clean and tidy. I’m happy to say that after a lot of tooing and froing between breeds and whether to adopt from a rescue or get a puppy from a breeder, my friend and I found a happy medium when she came across three long haired Chihuahuas that were in need of rehoming, we jumped at the chance as we already wanted sibling and 2 of them were half siblings! My best friend discussed with the lady and they determined that Beau (my dog) was the most suited for me, with temperament and personality being exactly

what I could handle as a first time dog owner and someone with a disability. My fried opted to take the other two Chihuahua’s, meaning they’ll all still get to see one another!

 

I’ve had Beau since the 16th June, and she’s been adjusting quite well and I’m glad she was already house trained at 1 year 9 months. She is beginning to play with me, and I aim to walk her twice a day. It’s already pretty clear she has adapted to my disability, for example, not passing me on the stairs and walking with me when I’m feeling slow (though I’m never sure if she’s just tired too)

 

My cat Cassie, at 18 years old currently tolerates her whilst Beau appears desperate to be his best friend. I’m also already finding myself better off with a routine and regular exercise. Having Beau to focus on has really given me motivation to “get up and go”.

 

I’m also back at my retail job as a supervisor. I am not entirely happy about it, but I really need the money. My modelling jobs got put on hold too so that was a huge let down for me as I really miss my creative outlet. Hopefully, I can get back to modelling soon as I really, really miss my friends.

 

Keep safe everyone.

 

Love,

Cat =^-^=

Gavin's Lockdown Entry

June 18, 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well and staying safe. I know many of you will be shielding and self isolating during this period so I just want you to know that I am thinking of you. CP Teens UK are running weekly catch-ups (in partnership with CP Sport) and running a number of virtual events - details can be found on social media. Please feel free to join in and spread the word to other service users who may be interested in participating. It's more important than ever that we stay connected with one another and help each other through this difficult time.

When I was thinking about what to write about for this blog, I was keen to share something which hopefully will be useful to you during this time particularly if you are student and wondering how your study might look like in the future...

It was this time last year when I wrote a blogged about finishing school. While the prospect of moving on to a new chapter in my life seemed exciting, I remember being unsure about what exactly would come next especially as I didn't really know what I wanted to do. This was why I decided to take a gap year to give myself time to explore the options available and also I had the World Championships in Dubai to train for - that had a pretty big influence!

 

Fast forward 12 months, I feel more assured about my plans for the future. I have recently decided to start my undergraduate degree with the online learning platform Open University this coming October. I have opted for the Open degree which allows you to personalise your degree by selecting various modules across the 3 years to suit your interests and needs.

At the start of my gap year, I wasn't considering doing my university degree with the Open University. I was very much focused on still going to a physical university, something that I had always wanted to do. Last September I had applied to a handful of physical universities to do International Relations. Despite being successful in receiving a couple of unconditional offers, I eventually reached the decision that attending a university campus wasn't going to fit in with my current lifestyle as I would have likely needed to move away from home, which I wasn't keen on doing, and I also had concerns about how this would impact on my training. As hard as it was to make this decision - walking away from something is never easy - I knew it was the right decision to make.

After deciding not to go to a physical university, I knew I still wanted to have the opportunity to complete a undergraduate degree and the Open University appealed as a great alternative. I have studied with them before when I was given the opportunity to enrol in a finance module as part of my sixth year studies. I really enjoyed being introduced to online learning and found it a refreshing change from the pressures of the classroom. What I like so much about the institution is the flexibility offered. Although an undergraduate degree is usually 3 years, you can take longer (up to 16 years) if required to enable study to fit into your schedule.

 

Recently, I have started a part-time job as a Sports Development Assistant with my local council so the flexibility the Open University will allow me to continue to work whilst starting my degree. As they often say, as one door closes, another one opens.

 

I would definitely recommend checking out the Open University to any student. It's not really an university option discussed in schools which is a shame because I think many people could benefit from this way of learning. I feel it's even more important especially during this time to make students aware that there's more than one way to gain a university degree.

 

Gavin

Maddy's Lockdown Entry

June 04, 2020

Hi Everyone,

 

I hope everyone is still keeping well and safe. I'm sure lots of new hobbies have been discovered during this lockdown. I've embarked on a couple of courses - photography and digital marketing - so I've been keeping busy.

 

I’ve also had a busy few months with preparing virtual speeches and job interviews. Currently, I was supposed to be in America as I had been offered a job as a Diving Coach in San Diego – when we were out there last summer, we met up with the diving coaches and they were very keen to have me go out and work with them. Sadly, this hasn’t happened but I am hoping I will be able to do it next year.

 

Speaking of last year…I can’t believe it has been a year since I finished University! Wow it has gone so quick!

 

I hope everyone is coping with restrictions having been lifted. We live in a very popular area on Dartmoor and at the beginning of lockdown it was peaceful and quiet, which meant I could go out for a walk every day without having loads of people and cars about. Since the lockdown got lifted a little bit, people have flocking in their thousands (no joke!) and disturbing us and the beautiful wildlife that have homes here. We have been in contact with the police so many times but they don’t care and won’t do anything. We are just left on our own and have to put up with the abuse we get if we see people parked on double yellow lines or moving cones out the way so they park in a space they are not allowed to park in!

 

It has been so dry on the moors without rain and people have been asked not to light BBQ's but the requests are ignored and we've had BBQ's lit and people swimming in the reservoir, which is actually for drinking water (yuk!). I cannot believe there are so many ignorant people about and social distancing is certainly not something they take any notice of as there have been so many parties around our beautiful reservoir and loads of rubbish left behind.

It hasn't been a great few days either as one of my Labradors passed away on Monday. It was all quite sudden but she died peacefully. It has come as such a shock to us as although she was 12, she seemed very fit and healthy. We are all heartbroken and her daughter, Roxy, who is 6 is missing her so much.

 

Maddy xx

Maddy's Entry

April 02, 2020

Hi everyone,

 

I can’t believe we’re on the 4th month of 2020! This year is going quite quickly. Christmas seems ages ago but we had a lovely time with friends and family.

 

At the end of January, I was back and forth to Birmingham for 2 weeks – I had adaptive ski lessons and I was so excited! As you have seen in previous blogs, I go skiing every year with my parents and a group of our friends and this year I wanted to try something a bit different. I’d come across Sit-Skiing when researching for my Dissertation at University last year and at the start of this year, we found that the Snowdome in Tamworth offered these lessons with Disability Snowsport UK. 

 

My first and second lessons was in a Sit-Ski, it took me a while to get used to it as I wasn’t used to the feeling and it felt very weird going down a slope sitting down. I was first being ‘bucketing’ down the slope – this meant that my instructor Liz was standing right behind the sit-ski and steering the Sit-Ski down the slope whilst I indicated the turns by leaning to the side. After a few runs of this, Liz attached a tether so that she wasn’t directly behind me and that it was up to me to create the turns, but she still had some control. This is found rather difficult as I could create small turns but when I created a bigger one, I would topple over as I didn’t have enough core strength to get myself back in the middle – the second lesson was better than the first as I didn’t topple over as much. 

 

For my third lesson, Liz suggested that I try Four Track Skiing – this is on normal skis but instead of poles, you have outriggers which have little skis on the end. Duncan was my instructor and I really enjoyed this type of skiing.

We then found a ski-school near St Anton in Austria where we go skiing at the beginning of March to teach me and Tamworth were very kind and lent us the outriggers as the Ski-School didn’t have them.

 

I had a great ski instructor – Gemma, and she improved my confident loads with the outriggers – I was skiing more parallel, I was more balanced and I felt more confident as well as going faster down the mountain!

 

My aim for doing this was to ski with the rest of the group and to try different runs. I had one skiing day with the group this year. The weather wasn’t always great so I didn’t venture as far as I would have liked plus I was still getting use to the outriggers.

 

Because the Coronavirus was in St Anton half way through the holiday, we unfortunately had to leave 4 days early – it was a nightmare getting out as the announcement that we had to leave was very sudden and we only had 2 hours! Still it was an amazing holiday with friends from the UK and Austria.

 

Now, I can’t ski, I can’t dive, I can’t work and events I was supposed to speak at have been cancelled. But I am keeping myself busy – writing blogs, I’m also writing a book and also looking for German courses online.

 

Hopefully this will be over soon and we can get back to doing what we love – can’t wait to get back on the ski slopes and diving boards! 

 

Stay Safe everyone!

 

Maddy xx

Georgia's Entry

March 06, 2020

Hello,

 

I hope you’re all well, I’ve turned 20 since I last wrote an entry. Turning 20 was a pretty big milestone as I’m no longer a teenager and on reflection, I have a few thoughts that I wanted to share with yourselves. As I’m getting older, I’m becoming more aware of the effects of my disability and therefore I have more of an understanding of what is classed as ‘normal’ for a person of my age…

 

 I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll never be totally independent and I’m fine with this I really, I am. But what will be my independent? I’ve previously started a new role-emerging occupational therapy placement and it’s been great for my confidence because a role-emerging placements works slightly different to a traditional placement and therefore, I don’t have my supervisor peaking over my shoulder all day every day, which I’m enjoying. On this placement, I am feeling a lot more independent - I mean of course I have to keep my supervisor updated with what I’m doing but most of the time it’s just me and I’m quite liking the control as it’s something that I’ve never experienced before.

 

Over the years, of course, my independence has improved for example I don’t need help putting my shoes on anymore and I know that I’m going to get more independence when I pass my driving test. But when I pass my driving test will that be it, will I have achieved my maximum independence? I mean, I only feel more independent on this placement because it is not as physically demanding as the ones I’ve done previously. If I get another physically demanding placement will my independence and confidence decrease?

When I move out and become a homeowner, I guess I’ll feel more independent. But this will be financial independence. I’ll still need someone to put my jewellery on and cut up my meal. Which is fine by me- 20 years of it, it no longer bothers me.

 

But, will going to work and asking someone to do anything physically demanding be my independent? 

 

I don’t really know what my point is as you can tell by the multiple questions in this post.  Whatever my ‘independence’ is I’ll be ok with it - I mean this time 3 years ago I didn’t think I’d be able to drive so who knows what the future holds and you’ve got to be optimistic. But I also need to be realistic with myself, I’m never going to be able to live totally on my own or be the greatest at manual handling. This is completely fine. I’d be lying if I said it’s something that doesn’t cross my mind in terms of future relationships I mean, imagine, going on a blind dinner date and then having to ask them to cut my food up - I hope that this never happens. I guess my point is that I don’t have to be totally independent to be satisfied with my independence. I know I have the potential to become more independent in terms of driving and my career, but I probably won’t gain a lot more independence in terms of my self-care occupations. But I’m happy with this and I know it won’t be much longer until I achieve my own state of independence. However, it can be hard to picture what this will look like as who knows what physical demands and unexpected battles, I may face…

 

Thank you for reading,
Georgia 
@GeorgiaVineOT

Gavin's Entry

February 21, 2020

Hi everyone,

 

Happy new year! I can't believe we're now in 2020.

 

If you follow me on social media, you may have seen the odd video of me skiing. Other than that, I haven't really posted much about my skiing. After seeing the videos, a few people have asked me about it. So for this blog, I thought I would explain how I ski and the progress I've made.

Like RaceRunning, I got involved in skiing by chance. I first got the opportunity to try it whilst on a school residential trip during my last year of primary school. Skiing just happened to be one of the activities on offer.

 

While I was apprehensive about trying it, I was keen to give it a go. Even though I had some reservations (mainly because I had no idea whether I could actually do it without skiing into everyone and everything), I agreed to a taster session with a disability instructor that my school had arranged. To my surprise, I stayed upright for most of the session. I had so much fun. So much so, I wanted to have another go when I returned home.

 

From there, I started going for lessons at my local indoor ski slope. To begin with, it was a bit scary because it was my first time on real snow as it was a dry ski slope for the taster session. I wasn't very good. Also I fell numerous times (which didn't help!) but once I became more confident on snow, I remembered how much fun it was and I was able to progress to gain more independence.

 

I ski standing up. I was given the option of whether I wanted to stand or sit to ski. I chose standing as I felt I was able to do so however there is the option to sit ski if that is more suitable for you depending on your disability. Although I ski standing up, there is some equipment I need to enable me to ski.To begin with, reins were attached to my skis to allow my instructor to guide me down the slope whilst I gained confidence. I still could control my turns but the reins gave me the reassurance that if I got into trouble, which I frequently did, my instructor could take over and guide me back to control. I also have links which joins the front of my skis together to help me make a snow plough shape. Then there's the spacer bar which I use for going up the poma lift. This goes under my boots and keeps my skis parallel as I go up the poma lift. Finally, I use outriggers which are crutches with mini skis on the bottom of them. I didn't use outriggers when I first started but I tried them once and found they really helped balance me and made a massive difference to my skiing.

 

Gradually, I have been able to be not so reliant on the reins to guide me down the slope. If the snow is really good, I am able to ski without the links that holds the front of my skis together which I know is a scary thought but I have managed to do it a few times.When I first started, I never thought I would get to that stage.

 

It has become more difficult to ski as my training has intensified. Skiing compliments my winter training well: my core and balance has got much stronger as a result. However, I have to be careful that I don't injure myself and we take as many steps as possible to minimise those risks.

Skiing was never a sport I ever thought about trying. If I hadn't had the opportunity to try skiing on the school residential trip, I probably wouldn't have discovered it was a sport I could do. I'm really glad I did though!

 

If you are interested in trying skiing and live nearby a slope, please get in touch with Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) for more info.

Abbie's Entry

February 07, 2020

Firstly a Happy New Year to all readers. Into the 20's and a Paralympic year!

 

I had a really busy final quarter to round off the year. I had decided that I wanted to create a range of crafted gift items to be sold at Christmas Craft Fayres in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity for whom I am an Ambassador.

 

Imagine Father Christmas’s Workshop and you will have a pretty good idea of what we looked like as my PA's and even my Grandparents all got involved in making and wrapping.

 

My Dad supported me in the second Fayre and had some really great ideas about visual merchandising which has inspired me to look at doing some more Fayres in the Spring and Summer.  He also suggested that the school children and their parents would be inspired to buy from a Paralympian so I wore a bit of kit!

  

 

I juggled the Fayres with my usual training commitments and traditional run up to Christmas with chutney making.

 

With my bedroom mural completed by local artist Dean Rush I have started to add my own embellishment giving it my own stamp by putting on some more Disney and Harry Potter characters.  It has been such a great project to be involved with.  I have really enjoyed sourcing bedding, lights and soft furnishings and have definitely got the bug with my guest and PA room in my sights for decorating projects this year.

 

'Work hard, play hard' is definitely my motto so I have been thrilled to have had the opportunity to be involved with the design and install of a new chill out sensory space at home. I worked with Chloe at Sensory Guru who has delivered on taking the same equipment that you would find at Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity and putting an adult spin on it to create a gorgeous sanctuary.  It’s my safe space to be alone and chill with lights, bubble tubes, mood lighting, gentle music and visuals but it is also a place to invite my mates, play Wii or snuggle for a film.

 

I am so grateful that everyone bought into the concept.  Private space has been a virtual impossibility for me up to this point.  PA's are always around me – eating, drinking, personal care – even a bath I am always monitored – even asleep there is a monitor.  So, this private space that I can access alone, that I can shut the door on the world means everything to me.

 

With Fayres done, the mural in my bedroom complete and the Sensory Room down to snagging I was more than ready to let my hair down and party.  I did just that at the Mamma Mia Party which was the best Birthday present from my Grandparents and Uncles and Auntie.  It may have been a chilly December night at the O2 but inside were at a Greek taverna boogying as Dancing Queens. It was absolutely brilliant and if you get the chance to go, you must.

 

 

From Mamma Mia to Oh Mumma with a night out to see Magic Mike at the Hippodrome.  The Show was fantastic but access was a nightmare with broken lifts and no ramps.

 

Christmas was really special this year with my paternal family coming to have a pre Christmas meal as close to the day as possible on the 23rd December.  I was really pleased with a couple of new recipes an Aubergine Nut Roast and a Sprout Gratin.  I followed this with a showstopper trifle and chocolate roulade.   By early afternoon on Christmas Eve I finally shut the doors to the outside world and my parents and I enjoyed a couple of days with the finest steaks, seafood and cheeses – all my favourite things.

 

We celebrated New Year with friends and this was closely followed by my first photography exhibition which was held at a local microbrewery.

  

 I am straight back into training but my work as an Ambassador continues.  I was deeply honoured that my Parents and I were invited to the Royal Albert Hall to see a new portrait of Dame Vera Lynn unveiled in collaboration with the Royal Mint.  A wonderful afternoon which was concluded in such style with Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery.

 

I have already got my eye on a couple of dates for Friday fun down at the charity and I have just booked the first Summer Fayre.  Another of my favourite sayings is ‘Seize the Day’ or my version ‘You snooze you lose’  that early bird gets jobs done whether it is training, photography homework or booking your Summer Fayre to ensure you get the best pitch!

Georgia's Entry - 2019 Round Up

December 30, 2019

As I sit here writing this blog there is 4 days of 2019 left, and what a year 2019 has been. Where do I begin? This year I have achieved a lot in terms of blogging, and I have got many memories with CP Teens. 

First let’s talk about becoming an ambassador for CP Teens in June, this has got to be one of my best achievements this year I have been wanting to become an ambassador for CP Teens for a while and I did not think that I would become one in 2019. But here we are 6 months in, and I’m absolutely loving it! CP Teens has been a big part of my life this year and I honestly believe that they have helped me to become the person I am today who isn’t phased by her disability in the slightest. I’ve always been up for any challenge that comes alongside my disability and have never been negative about it, but this year has made me realise that my disability is the best part of me as without it I wouldn’t have had half as many amazing memories that I’ve had throughout 2019. This year I have been on many CP Teens events such as bowling, the sponsored wobble and let’s not forget the ball! From these events I have met new people and made new friends who I know will be friends for life! 

I have also had a crazy year with my own blog Not So Terrible Palsy that I started in January, a year on and I cannot believe the opportunities that it has already given me. I did not think a year later that people would still be reading my material I’m still taken back every time someone leaves a positive comment on my blog. I still have a long way to go with my blog, but I like where it’s heading! 2020 is going to be a big year for me and my blog as I have my first conference coming up in June- I’m feeling very nervous but I can’t wait for the year ahead I would have never have dreamed that I’d be in this position when I started my blog at the beginning of 2019. Just before Christmas I had a few meetings to discuss my plans for the conference and other projects that I’m working on (that will be released in February) and I’m just in ore that I’m in the position that I’m in. 

 

I also have events with CP Teens 2020 that I am looking forward to! In January 2020 I am co-hosting bowling with CP Teens which is mental just last January I went to the same event as a ‘CP Teen’ myself so to be co-hosting this event as an ambassador just a year on is beyond anything I would have thought. Thank you to Ellie and the rest of the crew at CP Teens for having me as part of the team I really am honoured! Not only do I love CP Teens so does my family at the sponsored wobble in May I brought quite a big crew and we all loved it so much it was one of the best days of the year, my family love this charity so much and will go to great lengths to help raise money for it as long as we can. 

 

Thank you for an amazing year CP Teens and thank you to all those that read and continue to read my blogs on both CP Teens and Not So Terrible Palsy.

 

I wish you all the best for 2020, 

Georgia
@GeorgiaVineOT (new Twitter handle-very official, lol)
@georgiavine4213

Maddy's Entry

December 09, 2019

Hi Everyone,

So on Thursday 24th October I graduated from University – I was so nervous! In July I had been asked to be the Student Speaker and I had said yes! Thursday came around quickly and I was feeling nervous and excited. The week before I had been practicing my speech on friends and neighbours and rehearsing it when I could. 

 

Thursday was an early start as we had to be in Plymouth by 9:30am, I arrived at the Guildhall and registered where I got the tickets for my parents and friends that we had invited to come. I then went to be fitted with my gown and I was able to have a quick look inside the hall so that I could see where I was sitting on the stage and test out the walk to the lectern and back – this was helpful as we found that the stage had a bump in the middle of it so I could practise avoiding it!

 

After that, we went to have photographs taken. By 10:15, I made my way over the road with my guests to the VIP Room to chat with the VC, lecturers and the Student Union President before we all went over to the Guildhall. At 10:50 my guests left to be seated in the Guildhall with all the other guests and students (my parents got front row seats!) and then it was the stage party’s turn at 11:00. We formed a line and were ready to go when a member of staff in marketing who was in charge of getting us all ready, received a message from a member staff in the Guildhall to say the fire alarm had gone off! So for the next 5 minutes we were hanging around waiting to see what was going to happen – thankfully false alarm but my nervousness was getting worse with the wait!

 

We received the all clear that everything was ok and we set off to the Guildhall. Walking into the hall was very nerve-racking with everyone looking at you, plus I hadn’t told any students that I was Student Speaker. We walked up on stage and took our seats. The VC opened the ceremony and the first half of students went up on stage to collect their awards, this included me. Next was a presentation of an Honorary Degree to Honorary Graduate Debra Searle. Debra is an Atlantic rower, television presenter and author – and she used to go to the school I went to! Her speech was amazing as she told her story of rowing the Atlantic alone. The second half of students went up on stage to collect their awards and then some lecturers were called up for receiving awards which included my tutor for getting his Doctorate. 

 

Then it was my turn to speak.

 

They announced me and I was so nervous – I got up and after nodding at the VC, I made my way to the lectern (avoiding the bump in the floor!) After being so nervous throughout the whole ceremony because I was the 2nd to last person to speak, I actually loved doing my speech! I’m not going to lie – I was shaking the whole way through and I was little nervous but I soon became confident and I enjoyed telling people about my 'journey'.

 

After my speech, it became a blur. I walked back across the stage to my seat and as I did, I saw the lecturers stand up! I then saw all the guests and students do the same - I was the first Student Speaker ever to receive a standing ovation! I felt like crying! I actually had to sit down because my legs were shaking so much!! Once the clapping and whistling had died down, the VC went to the lectern to close the ceremony.

 

After the ceremony I had students, parents and lecturers (some who I didn’t know) coming up to me to congratulate me on an amazing speech, saying that they cried and that I should be a motivational speaker (maybe I need to think about changing my career choice). I had professional photographs taken with the VC, my tutor and the Student Union President and then had lunch with the VIPs. 

 

In the evening we went out for dinner and the next day I had gone viral on Twitter, been approached by the BBC for an interview and been approached by a school to go in and speak next March – more exciting things to come hopefully!

 

I thank everyone at Marjon for giving me the confidence to be the Student Speaker. I hope you all enjoy the video - you might need tissues! https://www.facebook.com/MarjonUni/videos/1010353799309065/

 

Thank you,

 

Maddy x

Cat's Entry

November 29, 2019

Hi guys! 

 

This month has been an interesting one for me! The beginning of the month saw a return to the CP Teens Ball that I was so excited to attend with my mum and meet up with so many people I often only get to see once a year! It was a fantastic evening with lovely food and some great 90s throwbacks on the dance floor! I love attending this ball, and it’s something my mum and I look forward annually together! I’m always happy to see everyone so well and finally put faces to names I’ve spoken to on the internet over the years.

 

I’m not sure if any are aware, but I’ve worked retail for the past 6 years - week after week. I had unfortunately become so familiar with my role that I was becoming pretty bored with my role. Therefore, back in September I applied and interviewed to be the new supervisor at the weekend!  3 weeks ago I had gotten the news I’d been both apprehensive and crossing my fingers for - I had aced the interview and was indeed the new supervisor on a Saturday! I’m thrilled to have the chance to do something different and I’m pleased to say it’s been going so  well thus for! The funny thing about my new role is my name badge, officially it reads “Cat Supervisor" which makes it seem like I supervise actual cats. In the past I’ve struggled to find my place and I’ve felt “held back" by my employers specifically because they have not seen past my Cerebral Palsy or valued my abilities so I’m excited to prove them wrong and support my colleagues. After all I’m quite used to asking my colleagues for assistance with certain duties on the job, such as folding or repackaging items.

In other news my modelling career seems to be going quite well. I got to complete my ultimate dream of a photoshoot with OWLS. Their names were Thor, the Eagle Owl and Luna the Barn Owl. This shoot has such a significance to me. I never met my grandmother, but she collected owls unbeknownst to me. It was such a shock when my dad told me as both my cousin and I had a large owl collection too. I also got some amazing news about this shoot - the photographer is going to get the images published and I’m so so excited! These images give me so much confidence and I feel positive about myself when I see them being appreciated by other people! 

 

I'm also feeling better too, after restarting my anti depressants that also have muscle relaxants. I know medication is not the answer for everyone but I’ve found they have really helped me get back to my normal self.

December is very nearly upon us and I’ll be turning 23. I’m going to try my best to make this my best year yet! I think this is my last entry of the year so I wanted to wish everyone my best and hope they move into the new year in high spirits. Things are looking up!

 

Lots of love,

Cat =^-^=

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DISCLAIMER: This organisation & website is run by people with Cerebral Palsy, for people with Cerebral Palsy (and other disabilities). No medical experts or professionals on Cerebral Palsy, or any other disability, were involved in the making of this website.

CP Teens UK

Office 7

The Community HUB

East Stand

Proact Stadium

Sheffield Road

Chesterfield

S41 8NZ

office@cpteensuk.org / ellie@cpteensuk.org