“You can’t say anything anymore!”

Gem Turner in wheelchair, orange cardigan and black t shirt

In the rise of people such as Piers M*rgan and Katie H*pkins, this phrase is said a lot. But I’m just going to get to my point. I don’t understand it. If I say something to someone that’s not ok, or could be said better I am #mortified and I think about it for days. […]

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Empowering Disabled People to be More Independent

Yesterday I had a social worker round to check about my care package etc, and it got me thinking about independence and how important it is for people to see it from the disabled person’s point of view. The meeting went great by the way (yay). Part of why I’m so independent myself is because […]

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2020 – Let’s get the wheels in motion

Image of Gem Turner sat in front of garage door

Happy New Year everyone. 20 bloomin’ 20 ey. The point of the title is that sometimes, when I don’t blog for a while – I feel a bit weird about pressing publish again. Especially the fact that it’s a new year too just adds to it. So I’m just getting on with it and trying […]

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Managing your hair when you’re in a wheelchair

Gem smiling with red watermelon drink

My hair is something that I’m really precious about. When my hair feels good – I feel good. But when you have shorter arms and have lower energy sometimes, it’s not always easy to maintain. Recently I cut my hair quite short (woah) which was a decision that I made to make it easier to […]

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“I like your hair, did your mum do it for you?”

Gem Turner sat in car

Ok, let me take you back to 10 years ago… 2009. The year I left high school, the year mum let me box dye my hair nearly black and I was probably texting from my velvet covered Nokia flip phone asking my friends “wuu2?”. I wasn’t as shy as I used to be at this […]

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UberAccess showed me how travelling should be | AD

Uber Access App

Hello, can I order a taxi please?  Phone Operator: Yes of course love, do you want it now?  Me: Yes please, I’m in a wheelchair so can I have an accessible one..?  Phone Operator: “We don’t do those, I’m afraid” “You’ll have to book at least 24 hrs in advance, and even then you’re pushing […]

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Staring: My Honest Experience and Advice

pink box saying "Staring: my honest experience and advice"

For World Mental Health Day, I’ve decided to tackle a topic that affects me pretty much every day and has a massive impact on my mental health. On a good day, I make an effort with my appearance, I zone it out, I smile or I choose to ignore it. On a bad day, I […]

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5 Small Things That Make Me Happy

iPad and smarties resting on white fabric

If you follow me on social media, you may know I’ve been a bit of a grump this week due to feeling “a bit under the weather” as some of us like to say. When I’m poorly though, I don’t just say I’m “a bit under the weather”. I am DRAMATIC. Woe is me. Yes […]

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My Top Makeup Minis

Makeup Minis Collection

What is it about mini makeup that sucks you in and makes you want to buy them? For me it’s the fact that they’re much more my size, but also great to have in your bag instead of a massive make up bag. I also really like to use minis to try makeup, before I […]

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Why My Freshers’ Week Wasn’t What I Expected

Image of Gem in mid dance

In the first week of going to University, I saw online that there would be a Glee themed event in the Student Union I wouldn’t mind a bit of that I thought At this point, I hadn’t met any friends yet. I only had one other housemate on my floor who wasn’t interested in going […]

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