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New to living with a disability? A guide

In the 3 years since I “became” disabled – (this is not as definitive an event as one might think given that I’ve been pushing through fatigue, injury and autonomic dysfunction since forever), since I started being unable to stand and walk without pain – I have often thought “if only there were a walk-through of advice on adapting to this existence that bears little resemblance to my “previous life”.

The reason for this absense of information is almost certainly that every person’s experiences of becoming disabled/unwell is different and will depend on factors as far ranging as geographical location, source of income and existing familial situation all the way through to specific symptoms, the training of the healthcare practitioners encountered and their biases (conscious, or unconscious). All of these things and many more will impact on an individual’s journey.

Of course, there are commonalities too. Humans often follow similar patterns when grieving a loss, or when socially isolated or hurt…

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Corn Chowder

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This simple, warming chowder is just what you need when the autumnal feels start creeping in. Birdseye chillies, cayenne and black pepper all give it a kick. It has a creamy, salty flavour from the stock, nutritional yeast and salt. The seasonal, root vegetables have plenty of time to absorb the flavours of the seasoning.

It’s also great on a budget and is freezable. It works great alongside cornbread or crusty tiger bread…

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