Education

Thesis dreaMS Part 1 – reflections of a slightly mature, disabled PhD Student

Preparations Over the last few months I’ve looked back at my decision to apply to do a PhD as an act of momentary insanity. As the start of school approaches, nerves have grown and preparations have been intense. Back in… Continue Reading…

MS

My 11th Cake Day

Today is my 11th cake day – the 11th anniversary of the day my MS started. I choose to celebrate it, by eating cake, and taking the time to look back over the past year. This year has certainly not… Continue Reading…

AdvocacyDisability Rights

Why don’t you see us?

In a recent episode of Will and Grace called “So Long, Division”, Jack, the gay guy, was arguing with his boss, a black guy about which of them was more oppressed as a minority. Over time, the narrative built to… Continue Reading…

ActivismDisability Rights

Straws – just like single use plastics, the debate just isn’t going away

Over the summer I met with the two MPs that cover the Central Okanagan – Stephen Fuhr, the Liberal MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, and Dan Albas, the Conservative MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. Amongst other things, I made them aware of… Continue Reading…

MS

Ten years ago

Ten years ago today it was the Thursday of the first week back at school. As an elementary school principal, it was a very busy week, but my body seemed to be flagging. On the Monday, Labour Day, the day… Continue Reading…

DisabilityMobility

Permobil M3 Corpus – my review

In January I got a new wheelchair – a Permobil M3 Corpus. It’s taken me a long time to write this review, because every time I went to do it, something happened, either to me or to the chair! Getting… Continue Reading…

ActivismDisability Rights

Straws: it really means accessibility and respect

This is a long post, but I really need you to read it. It’s about straws, again. Yes, straws. But it’s not about plastic versus paper, or the environmental impact, or which multi-national conglomerate is changing their straws, or which… Continue Reading…

ActivismDisability Rights

Let’s Ban Everything – and damn the consequences!

Concern for the planet, and the oceans particularly, has led to calls for single use plastics to be limited and/or banned. The poster child for banning stuff, at the moment, are plastic straws. Some municipalities are moving ahead with a… Continue Reading…

AdvocacyMS

Catching up – a day at the legislature

It’s been a long winter, with lots happening in our personal life, and not much time – or inclination – to blog. I’m hoping to catch up with a number of things now, though. Let’s start off with my latest… Continue Reading…

AdvocacyMS

MS Awareness at the BC Legislature

On Monday May 7th, I was part of a team from the MS Society that went to the BC Legislature to spread the word on our priorities to the MLAs. At the same time, my mum was visiting from England!… Continue Reading…

Michelle in wheelchair with lightsaber fighting Dart Vader

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