As mentioned in my last blog, I moved out of home! I moved at the beginning of the year and I am 10 minutes from the city and work which is way better than an hour. It was not really hard to decide as I wanted a change and it was an opportunity for me to become my own person.
Meet Simone Burke, the new Invacare Queensland Territory Manager and Key Account Manager. Simone is a Physiotherapist and brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to the Invacare team.
"Clinical and personal experience has made me passionate about the importance of quality, user-friendly, patient-centred medical equipment."
I am a sucker for a good chick flick that portrays love as a simple process. However the reality is love is tough, and having a disability it sometimes can be a little tougher, due to barriers that are real or even perceived in our own minds. I long for the day I find my Mr Right and live happily ever after. I believe that there is someone out there for everyone but often the challenge is finding where that someone is.
As a wheelchair user, I see my needs as being no different to anyone else’s in the wider community. In the same vein, living with any disability should be of no difference to anyone else’ living in the wider community either. Sadly, even appallingly, this is often not the case. So, when it comes to access to a bathroom, toilet, latrine, lavatory, restroom, commode, W.C., can, head, little boy’s/girl’s room, powder room, privy or any other name you wish to call it, why can’t we disabled people get a break?
Returning to university was never my plan until the Pandemic hit. The restrictions on travel and competition cancellations forced me to think about my life without sport. During lockdowns, I signed- up for free online courses* which really sparked my interest in pursuing formal study again. Hopefully, I have many years left in my sporting career, but planning for the future and life after sport is always a good idea.
On November 29 2020, I wheeled into the office for my first day of work, nervous? Oh yes, that and anxious, I was remembering what happened with the last job and so yes I was trying to keep myself calm.
I need not have worried, my colleagues were and still are amazing people, and just quietly between us, I think they are glad I am there, to be honest.
I’m new to Invacare, but not new to disability. I first started experiencing chronic pain when I was around ten years old. Little things at first - it hurt to sit on the floor at assemblies and kneeling at church was torturous. It was originally put down to growing pains, but over the years I collected an assortment of diagnoses that explained what I was going through. From Complex Regional Pain Syndrome to fibromyalgia to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. My friends used to joke that people with chronic illnesses should get a ‘Spoonie’ passport with a new stamp at every new diagnosis.
I have been given the great pleasure of writing Invacare's 60th community blog. That is 60 pieces written by disabled people for disabled people. Pieces where we could be learning from each other, we could be imparting knowledge which is common sense to a disabled person onto the 80% of the population without and ideally a little of both.
As a person with a physical disability and being non-verbal it is essential I have the right equipment to enable me to live in essentially an abled-bodied community. Literally, my day stops if the equipment is not available. The flip side of this however is that with the right equipment the world is my oyster and I can get on with living my life. While I (and many others) advocate for the world to catch up with universal design the reality is the equipment we have can allow us the opportunities we may not have access to without.
Who has already given up on a new year's resolution? Are resolutions we make helpful or harmful?
Each year many of us dream of the clock striking midnight and a new way of life with goals, dreams and ambitions kicking into overdrive. Are these resolutions helpful or harmful? Feeling like we have failed our new year's resolutions can be disheartening. It can make us feel like we just can't do or achieve something. This isn't actually the case. Often the issue isn't that the goal is too hard or too big but we have just not set ourselves up to succeed.