Please Don’t Use My Life, To Make Yours Feel Better

Gem Turner wearing black floral dress and copper trainers

The picture above is me feeling on top form. I’ve got mi new dress on (included in my latest fashion favourites), the tassels make it feel even fancier. I’d curled my hair, contoured my cheeks and even put more than one shade of eyeshadow on. I’d put this picture on instagram obviously and was finally […]

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A Ferry Good Journey | A Wheelchair User’s Experience

See what I did there? Ha I know cringe, sorry. So you probably know already if you follow me on social media, that I recently took a trip to Belfast from Liverpool via Ferry. You may also know that in the past I’ve had really bad travel anxiety. Taxis, trains, buses – you name it, […]

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Ello 2019: Cheers t’year

Happy bloomin’ New Year everyone. I’ve been pondering what to say in this post for way too long… so let’s just not over think it shall we? I suppose I just want to acknowledge that it’s a New Year and I’m excited to see what is to come. In my yearly post this time last […]

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To the families I meet with disabled children

Sometimes I forget how privileged I am to be who I am. Some people will be surprised to read this but this is why… I have a disabled community I know who I look to if and when I need. I am ambitious and I am ultimately proud of being disabled. It’s taken years to […]

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Why I’ve stopped filling in the silence

gem to the side smiling with bag on the back

I’ve said it before, I love small talk. But sometimes I can go too far. When I meet people I give it 100%, whoever it is from someone who’s opening a door for me or a person at the till. I will try to make them laugh, come out with sarcastic jokes and get to […]

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“Mum, shall a tell ’em am disabled?” | Disability and Employment

Gem in final year at school

Recently I wrote a blog about jobs and careers for the Brittle Bone Society which you can read here. In a nut shell it’s me talking about the fact that I didn’t really see myself having a job, not because I couldn’t do it – but that the world wasn’t set up for me to. […]

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To lean or not to lean? | Disability and Socialising

Gem with Drink in hand

I’m going to put this post out there, just so you can ponder this question yourself. There is no right answer but I know I have mine. Picture the scene – you see me at a networking event, I raise my chair but I’m still lower than everyone there. We say hello but you can’t […]

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An Interview with Shani Dhanda: What is the Diversability Card?

I’ve known Shani for a few years now. I can tell you she’s hilarious, always has a cuppa in her hand whilst talking about how to tackle barriers we face as disabled people in the world. She is one of those friends who I can just whats app and talk about projects we’re up to […]

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Being Young and Disabled | 24 things I’ve Learned so far…

Today I am 24! Oh em gee can ya believe it. I’m not going to babble and say how I don’t feel 24 and it’s gone by so quick *dramatic forehead swipe*. Basically I thought I would tell you 24 things I’ve learnt so far growing up. A post that I can look back on and […]

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