Disabled is Not a Dirty Word!

Last week I was involved in the Disability Pride is Back! mural in Melbourne. This was a Melbourne Fringe Festival event. Over 50 people with disabilities contributed and pasted-up artwork (drawings, prints, poetry, images) to create a huge street-mural celebrating disability pride and culture. I'm sure that my involvement in this event has left some … Continue reading Disabled is Not a Dirty Word!

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7 Useful Phrases for Travellers to SickCity

As a frequent traveller to SickCity, I've compiled a list of my top 7 most useful phrases for communicating effectively with the locals (known as "medical professionals" or colloquially as "doctors" or "nurses"). To become a confident med-speaker, I recommend role-playing these phrases with a friend or in front of a mirror. 1. I refuse … Continue reading 7 Useful Phrases for Travellers to SickCity

Who Moved my Speedboat? Life with Chronic Crappiness

Becoming chronically crappy was a life-shattering event: life was splintered into a thousand little pieces that were impossible to reassemble back into the same pattern. No part of my life has been untouched by the experience and no part is now the same. Sometimes I feel as though my new life is lived in an … Continue reading Who Moved my Speedboat? Life with Chronic Crappiness