Author: Gem Turner

Dating and Disability | The Types of Men I’ve Met

Buckle up cause the goss you’ve been asking for is finally here. As you may know, a few months ago I announced I was officially dating. I’ll let you read the post but it was a big deal to me. It felt scary and overwhelming but I’m so glad...

How people can actually help me as a wheelchair user

The most common question I get when I meet people or in my training is, “how can I help disabled people” – which is a funny one because there’s an expectation that disabled people need help, which isn’t always the case. I wrote about this previously but this time...

Have a little patience | disability and door knocking

Random title I know! But, here’s a snapshot of my life today. I’m expecting some kind of “fire hazard check” for our building. We’ve been told if we don’t allow access we get charged for them to come back again. It always takes me longer to get to the...

Was this a missed TV opportunity?

A little secret about me, I love daytime tv. So much so that after work for years I’ve YouTubed many clips from daytime tv from the current day, watched endless debates, tv segments and interviews – it’s just what I enjoy. I think it’s something to do with the...

The line between celebrating little wins and being patronising

I remember the first achievement I did when I was a child and that was to zip up my yellow raincoat. My dad had taught me to hold the two bits together (which was physically tough in itself) then I had to somehow hold the bottom of both while...

First Impressions is Back!

Hello! Just a quick one. It’s certainly been a while, so I thought I’d explain it all with season 2 of my podcast. Here’s the link. I really hope you enjoy it. One thing I mentioned was that podcasts were a massive part of getting through this (ongoing) pandemic,...

Common Reactions Booking a Viewing as a Wheelchair User

So whilst I’m on the road of sharing my journey with you on how I finally got my own place, I thought I’d share the (really) common reactions I would get from the very people who we all look to first when wanting to find our home 🏡 Image...

I’m a Homeowner! [Video Update]

I’m so happy to be sharing that I’ve officially got the keys to my own accessible home. However, it’s taken a LONG time to get here – so before I get into the exciting stuff, I wanted to give you the back story on what it’s really like finding...

How I’m Tackling January

Last night my chair suddenly (probably not suddenly but it’s lockdown and who’s actually charging their chair for adventures) became low battery with one flashing light. I was just getting ready for bed, my chair was slowing down and the panic set. I put the speed down and tried...