In Memory of My Friends

Tomorrow it will be ten years since the death of my close friend, Emily Collingridge.  Can it really be so long?  Attaching time to loss often feels strange: it implies distance from an event that, in reality, is always present.  Years may have passed, but it is always ‘today’ that a loved one is missing.  … More In Memory of My Friends

What It Means to Be Clinically Vulnerable in a World of Covid

From the darkness of the pandemic, the world is reawakening.  Previously empty streets buzz with life.  Friends and families are reunited, and people once again travel the world.  It’s like seeing spring burst into unimagined life after the harshest of winters.  Almost two years have passed since I published Life in Lockdown: What Matters When … More What It Means to Be Clinically Vulnerable in a World of Covid

The Truth (and Myths) About Positivity and Determination

Can illness and disability be overcome through the power of positive thinking?  One could be forgiven for thinking so.  In newspaper and magazine articles, social media posts and television programmes, a powerful message is constantly delivered: physical impairment need not be a barrier to dreams.  You can be whatever you want to be.  A familiar … More The Truth (and Myths) About Positivity and Determination