2016 Round Up: Believing in the Impossible

Hey everyone,

I’m back. Just thought that as we’re coming to the end of 2016 I would do a round up and show myself in the blogging world again. 2016 has been one unusual year, filled with lots of ups and downs (like all other years, I guess), but I’d say it’s ending on a positive note.

I don’t want to talk too much about politics, but I guess I couldn’t write this blog without mentioning the shocking events of June and November with Brexit and the new President Elect and what that means for those of us with ‘disability issues’ (as it’s affectionately known between my friends and I). I’m nervous about what the future holds for those of us who use wheelchairs or are just in some way ‘different’ (though surely that’s everyone?), but for now, I’m trying not to think too much about it. Thinking about the title of this post, maybe that was the impossible happening 😦

I also received my long-awaited letter this week from DWP telling me that DLA was stopping and if I wanted to continue with disability benefit I should call up to be put on the list to claim for Personal Independence Payment. Merry Christmas, Lou. Now, as much as I would like not to have to claim benefits, I would not be able to afford my car without it, and my car is my pride and joy! Over the last 3 years it has given me independence that just  a few years ago I could only dream of. Try taking my car off me and I will fight with every bone in my body to not let that happen!

I have to talk about the Rio Paralympics. Wasn’t it wonderful?! I’m lucky enough to know a couple of the competitors, having studied at Loughborough University, so  I have just a slight insight into how hard they train and work during the 4 year cycle. And they came away second in the medal table! SECOND! They totally believed the impossible was possible. I was (and still am) so proud of ParalympicsGB and TeamGB. It gave us something positive to talk about for the summer months amongst all the sad news around the world. For about 2 weeks I was even motivated to exercise again. Unfortunately that didn’t last long, a 2017 resolution for me maybe? Watch this space…

“Believe in the Impossible” was a titled inspired by a quote from one of Tom Fletcher’s Vlogs. In case you don’t know, I’m slightly obsessed with McFly/McBusted and also love watching Tom, Gi and Carrie’s Vlogs. Tom has recently written a book, ‘The Christmasaurus’ and I was SO excited when I realised that the main character (a young boy) is a wheelchair user. I can’t think of any other books that have this (let me know if you can think of any) and it made me so happy. Maybe this will help young wheelchair users feel more ‘normal’. The Christmasaurus Live is also happening in the theatre next Christmas and I was also really happy when a friend informed me that the actor playing the main character is actually a wheelchair user. Raising the profile of young wheelchair users, this can only be a good thing! Thank you, Tom 🙂

I’ve been really busy with work and university. I’m an MSc student now and although it’s only part time is taking up most of my time. Will be starting a counselling placement in January. Nervous, but excited. 2017 will be busy, but I’m looking forward to it.

Well, I’ll sign off now. Thanks for reading.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017,