One reason I’m very upfront and overshare about this is because it’s such a misconception that people in wheelchairs can’t have sex or be sexy — and they’re just lying there, so how can that be sexy? But there’s a lot I can still do in the bedroom, and I still think our sex life is better than the average married couple’s.
– Rachelle Friedman via cosmopolitan
Person: can you walk then?
Person: so are you paralysed or something?
Me: no I can’t walk unaided and I can’t use a walker 24/7
Person: but you can walk!
Me: yes. If you look at it that way
Person: yes you can! Stop being lazy and use your walker more.
Me: alright then, I’ll do that and you take the stairs instead of using the lift.
Remember in one of my early posts when my ickkle blog just had 12 readers? I did a post about an award I had received at school. ‘The head teachers award’ for sticking up for my rights as a disabled student in 2012? Well, he’s had to write a letter for my Record of achievement (what we take to future employers/uni interviews) as proof that had the award. I just thought I’d share it with you: ‘I was delighted to be able to award Rachel my Headteacher’s award for Key Stage 3 in the Summer of 2012. Rachel was given this award, by myself, from well over 700 potential recipients.
Rachel is a truly remarkable young woman: she is popular with her peers and her teachers alike. She displays an absolutely fantastic attitude in everything that she does. Rachel’s philosophy is a simple one: she is totally determined to be the best that she possibly be in everything that she does. Rachel is not prepared to allow any obstacle to stand in her way.
I have been a teacher for 25 years and in all of that time have been involved with literally tens of thousands of young people. I can say, with all sincerity, Rachel is one of a handful who will always stay in my memory for her exceptional approach to life’,
This is what Rosa Mockton explores in her film: