As you are aware, we are not JUST all about disabled parking bay abuse, although it is the primary reason we are here, we also aim to be an encouraging and inspiring resource for people from all backgrounds, and with all types of abilities.
We often get emails from group members or from people who’ve stumbled across us via the ether of the internet, expressing thanks and briefly telling us their story. Of course, we have also outright asked for these stories about your passions and how you feel you could inspire others too!
With this in mind we are delighted to announce an official partnership with the Facebook page ‘Invisible illness’ and Kate Langwine-Cooke who single handedly runs the page.
Without further ado, we’ll let Kate give you the low down on who she is and what she’s bringing to us:
Hello, my name is Kate and this is my introduction to what I am sure is going to make for some interesting reading for you all.
Since being diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the age of 21 my life has become a surreal roller coaster of extremes.
I am a fighter, I am a survivor, I am determined.
My MS is so aggressive I now have to live my life minute by minute; debilitating symptoms from speech difficulties to violently tremoring limb have a rapid onset and I never know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next. I am living in constant pain so I can more than empathise with the chronic pain sufferers out there.
MS is a massive part of my life but I don’t know if people realise how time it takes up being disabled but I make the most of every minute, I live the life I live because of my MS and I like to think from time to town that my suffering is in some way a blessing, since the age of 21 I’ve known what is truly important in life; some people spend their entire lives trying to figure what they actually want.
Living my life the way I do I achieve my goals, I push the boundaries and more than anything I challenge the stereotype of what disability looks like! MS in many ways is an invisible illness, this can be a positive and a negative; I will speak at length about this no doubt. After being challenged by a fellow blue badge holder to prove that my blue badge is indeed mine I decided to take stand for those of us who are living and suffering with invisible illnesses.
Enjoy my blog, happy reading!
Chris says “I am delighted that Kate has joined the ‘Want My Space? Take My Disability!’ family, she can offer all of us a unique insight in to something we’ve heard of but really don’t understand unless we have personal experience! I am sure that Kate’s wit and sense of humour will also been seen in her articles, along with her highs and lows. She is very welcome here.”
We are all, genuinely, super excited to read Kate’s accounts; she’ll have her own section here on the website with regular insights and updates, and they stand alone hand in hand with what she is achieving on her fabulous Facebook page. Together we are stronger!
If you also have ideas, stories or plenty to say that you too feel can encourage and inspire other carers, disabled drivers, or disabled people, then please do drop us a line via our ‘contact us‘ page. We are looking forward to hearing from you.