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FACING FEARS

FACING FEARS

People often describe me as fearless which is obviously not true. I understand why this trait is attributed to me, but I would say not risk-averse or courageous are more accurate descriptors. As an actor, writer or any kind of self-employed creative professional, it...
JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

JUST LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE

It’s just like riding a bicycle is a phrase used to determine something that is almost impossible to forget once it has been learnt. As an expression, it is all well and good. Unless, of course, you never had the courage to learn to ride a bike in the first place like...
SAFETY IN NUMBERS – COMFORT IN FAMILIARITY?

SAFETY IN NUMBERS – COMFORT IN FAMILIARITY?

Elephants move in herds. Fish swim in shoals. Lions hunt in packs. Birds fly in flocks. Bees move in swarms. What do they all have in common? They are all groups of a single species, travelling together to reach their desired destination. It is not only humans who...
ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

I am finding it hard to believe that the elephant and I have been inseparable now for exactly seven weeks. For anyone who didn’t meet the elephant when I first outed him (it feels like it’s a he; don’t ask me why) let me explain. The elephant is my naso-gastric tube –...
SOME THINGS WE CAN’T ESCAPE

SOME THINGS WE CAN’T ESCAPE

This January, we are doing something we have never done before, and going away for some Winter sunshine (we hope) and relaxation. Lovelyman and I took advantage of a ridiculously bargainous offer with Monarch, and booked return flights to Gran Canaria for next to...
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

George Benson made this song a hit in 1977, with Whitney Houston reviving it, and making it an even bigger chart topper in 1985. Anyone of my generation has sung along to the backing track at a bad kareoke night. My middle sister and I actually used to duet that...
A CREATIVE ESCAPE

A CREATIVE ESCAPE

A feeling that is all too familiar to anyone with a chronic illness, is the sense of detachment from reality. I have no doubt that plenty of others know this sensation too, but I speak from personal experience when I say that for me, Crohn’s Disease and it go hand in...
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

I’ve always liked the expression the elephant in the room, but I’ve never been curious enough to explore its origins before now. Its first globally published use came in 1959, when a journalist wrote a very literal statement in the New York Times, comparing the...
STAYING SUNNY

STAYING SUNNY

A lot of people say to me that they ‘don’t know how I do it.’ Even LovelyMan sometimes marvels at how it is that I manage to stay sunny and bright, keeping my chirpy disposition for so much of the time, when I am often in excruciating pain or fatigued beyond belief....
WHAT DOES HEALTHY REALLY LOOK LIKE?

WHAT DOES HEALTHY REALLY LOOK LIKE?

The big question on my mind right now, is what does healthy look like? It is something I have been asking myself over and over again in recent weeks. It baffles me how many people keep telling me I look well, when I am, in fact, nearing the end of year five of being...
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