Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Month

It’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Month. Only I prefer to call it Rheumatoid Disease. ‘Arthritis’ simply means inflammation of the joints. There are over 70 different types of ‘arthritis’. RD/RA is something else. It can be severe, crippling and extremely debilitating. It’s a whole lot more than joint pain.  So what else is it? Well, as […]

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On ‘Toxic Positivity’

Look, I get it. We are living in challenging times. And we do what we can to cope. I regularly do yoga because it helps me cope with life, both physically and mentally. I practise mindfulness because it is helpful to count one’s blessings, especially  when feeling overwhelmed. I have a collection of crystals because […]

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How disability advocates helped my self confidence: Inform Online

This was published in September 2019 at Inform online. Thanks to editor Kirby Fenwick for the opportunity. There are a few things in here I wish I’d known decades ago, especially about other people’s ableism. https://www.informonline.org.au/how-disability-advocates-helped-my-self-confidence/   How disability advocates helped my self confidence Blog Liz Hall-Downs has learnt a lot from disability advocates. Here, […]

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Living with an Invisible Disability 101: Effing Ableism!

WARNING. ANGRY RANT ABOUT INSENSITIVE KNOW-IT-ALLS AHEAD! (This was a personal social media post but the response from disabled friends has prompted me to share it more widely. Thanks to all who commented.) Featured photo from healthline.com I had a really awful experience of Ableism recently.I went to a new exercise class to try it […]

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Rebecca Watts, Gary Longden and Me

Header Photo:  ‘Apples and Snakes: Raw and Biting Cabaret Poetry’, Pluto Press, London, 1984;  ‘In the Pink: the Raving Beauties Choose Poems From the Show and Many More’, The Women’s Press, London, 1983. A year ago I had a very nuanced and worthwhile discussion online with the British Poet Gary Longden. Gary had responded to a […]

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Writing your Truth, Staring Down Censure

Recently, in an online women writers’ group I frequent, someone asked if others had experienced friends and family members becoming upset at things we had written and published, even when it made no mention of them, or anything directly affecting them. This sounded all-too-familiar, so I wrote this response: TRUTH IS … Before we couldn’t […]

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