I’m a 40 year-old Melbournian, from Australia! I’m the oldest of four children and an aunty of three gorgeous boys Declan, Quinn, Tyreece and three gorgeous girls Eve, Destiny and baby Olivia! They are my life and I believe as their Aunty it’s my job to spoil them rotten!
I was born with severe Athetoid Cerebral Palsy which is a physical disability, but intellectually I’m like any other 40 year-old. The simple description of my form of CP is that the signals from my brain to my body get muddled up, and the result is spasmodic movements and the lack of control over my body.
Due to my disability I’m unable to verbally speak so I communicate by using my computers. Actually people say I talk more than some verbal people! When I’m out ‘n about I use a portable eyegaze system which has voice output so I do have a voice.
Until using eyegaze systems (both on my home desktop PC and Surface Pro tablet) I used a headswitch with laptops during my high school and Tafe days. I had to use this form of typing for 24 years, so you can imagine how thankful I am to have my eyegaze systems and I’m so grateful to those who donated to raise funds to buy this amazing technology!
I went to both a mainstream primary and secondary schools. In 1997 I completed my VCE and three years later I completed my Diploma in Arts of Professional Writing and Editing.
Since finishing my Diploma I’ve had articles and poetry published in several magazines, newspapers and books including 2016’s From The Outer. In March 2008 I was accepted by Orble to start my own music blog then in 2010 I went independent and registered Gigs ‘n Interviews. For six and a half years I proudly showcased artists who normally wouldn’t be heard by the public. On the other end I was privileged to interview my idols like Diesel, Ronan Keating and my last-ever interview with Ed Kowalczyk through a hell lot of work and perversance. Unfortunately due to living with chronic pain and the increasement of pain meds, I made the difficult decision to stop Gigs ‘n Interviews. So I decided to concentrate on this little blog, to hopefully educate people about physical disabilities, then I might feel like I’m contributing to the society.
So I hope I fulfill this purpose.