• Entrepreneurship and Disability

    Are you dreaming of starting your own business but don’t know how? Want to make a difference in the world yet struggling with illness? I’ve been there, and in the face of multiple disabilities, I not only consistently defied my prognoses; I overhauled my diet, earned a degree (with honours), built a global business, & launched a worldwide non-profit foundation. When you have a change-the-world-build-a-business dream and want to see it become a reality, then head this way. Too many of us are held back by the illness/no time/no money struggles and the world needs what you have to offer. I want to help you live your business dreams too, that’s…

  • Dear Grace Q & A: Building a Life with Disability

    Question: “What can people do, who don’t feel they can start their own business or aren’t able to work in their circumstances? What kind of projects could they get involved with? What kind of things can they build their life around, if they currently lack focus? What kinds of hobbies can ill and disabled people take up?” Answer: The real answer, of course, is to find your passion and then make it accessible. Just as you’d build a life without a disability. What do you want to do? What do you love? If you don’t know what you love, can you explore? But I do have a list of accessible options and…

  • How-To Guide for Stylish Accessibility Aids: Disability Equipment & Mobility Chic

    I believe stylish accessibility aids, dreamy disability equipment and cool mobility chic can be empowering and allow us to reclaim our identities in the maelstrom of loss, pain and medicalisation. But this is still a radical view. (Like this? Pin it for later!) I think I annoy my health professionals. I sometimes get the feeling that they see me as a little ditzy or superficial (until I start on about pH balance or calcium absorption, then they just seem bemused). This may be because, whenever we are talking about mobility aids, crutches, splints, slings, hoists, adaptions – anything really, my first question is generally “What colour is it?”. This is…

  • How I Manage Business, Wellness and Life

    As a wellness provocateur and disabled entrepreneur I’m often asked about how I manage business, wellness and life. I am sharing my answer here (with permission from the person who asked). Q: When personal matters grow overwhelming, how do you refocus so that you can effectively run your businesses? This has been on my mind lately; I have more clients right now than ever, which is exciting, but I’m also feeling my symptoms worsen. And I’m not in crisis mode, either, so am not sure of how to proceed.  A: It’s challenging that more clients can come, but bring more pressure too. It’s not often talked about, but it’s totally a…

  • Diagnosis: A New View

    It is the moment which changes your life. Sometimes it feels like it is the moment which ends it. The life you knew is gone, you are AD – After Diagnosis, your own new millennium. Diagnosis can feel like your carefully planned and treasured life burning up around you. That you can see things changing, feel them shifting, but are helpless to stop it. Diagnosis feels like a fire moving through our lives, consuming all we hold dear, burning our very selves, our image, who we are, and leaving us with little but pain and ash – where there used to be hopes, plans and a maybe not perfect, but…

  • What to take to a hospital/doctors appointment: the 7 essentials you’ll be glad you packed

    Is it a routine check up that’s giving you the jitters or are you struggling with a hard case of the wait-and-see’s while you wait for test results? Hospitals can be hard, especially when you are ill. I know they are there to help us but they are often places where painful things happen, or where we’ve received difficult news. No matter how many times an appointment goes well, we always remember the ones we got bad news in. I was at the doctors last week and felt anxious as soon as we were in the doors. It was the smell of the place that reminded me of every other…

  • When You are Waiting for News

    I know we want lovely long lives, and isn’t it funny how time can stretch? Although often only the difficult bits seem to be the ones that go on and on. The books were right, my wedding day was a bright sky rocket flash, and seemed far less than 24 hours, but waiting for blood test results – those two weeks stretch out into agonising millennia more times than I care to count. Waiting; be it for test results, surgery, to find out if a diagnosis is something serious, waiting at all can feel more agonising than the problem itself. If there is a feeling of dread, and wanting to…

  • Date Night Ideas For When Energy is Low

    You have a lot going on. Children. Business. Travel. Fatigue. Chronic illness. Pain. Whatever your problem du jour, it can feel like it’s taking over your whole life. Having fun, creating memories and strengthening relationships can  easily fall by the wayside, and yet, nourishing these essential aspects of life enrich it beyond measure. Date night fits the bill. Be it with your spouse, your friend, loved ones or your spectacular self, making space for good ol’ fashioned quality time together – even when your energy is low, or your health is suffering – is important, necessary. Unfortunately, it rarely makes room for itself. It’s up to you to create that…

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