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"All Bodies are Good Bodies": Zoë's Body Positivity Story

I'm Zoë and I have Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome a genetic disorder, various comorbidities and ME/CFS, which remained mainly undiagnosed until I was 19.  For about 3 years in my mid teens I became very sick and I spent my life between my bed, the children's hospital and school when I could manage it. I hid my body under a uniform of fluffy socks, leggings and a hoodie. On the worst days I often couldn't dress myself, brush my own teeth or shower, at one point I was sleeping for anything from 18 to 20 hours a day.  My faith in my body was shattered,  Hundreds of humiliating, dehumanising medical procedures made me distant from my 'meat suit', I read hundreds of...

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Love Stories: Interabled Couple Advice and Interdependance

Many people are surprised that my husband is not disabled. There is still a lot of stigma that causes people to believe people with disabilities only date other disabled people. I am often asked how I ended up with a typically functioning person. The simplest answer is God. However, I know many of you are looking for a more concrete, practical answer. What did I do? What did I say? I often get these types of questions from women with disabilities who are longing for the companionship I have been blessed with. There are a few things I think many people with disabilities are doing wrong when it comes to finding a partner. Surprisingly to some people, a lot of...

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Where Style meets Chronic Illness

  I spent most of my twenties in pyjamas, leggings, and cosy jumpers. My hair was mostly unwashed, tied up in a bun on the top of my head, and I’d be lucky if I could wash myself properly more than once a week. Before that, I’d always been interested in vintage style and vintage fashion, but I felt so uncomfortable and insecure in my body that a handful of cute dresses were the limit of my ‘personal style’. As I got older, and my chronic illnesses took hold more and more over my life, any sense of fashion (bar a slash of red lipstick whenever I’d go out) went out the window.  It was difficult to see ‘Ill Natasha’...

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"What Makes Me Feel Sexy" with Maddi Niebanck

MEET MADDI NIEBANCK  Maddi is a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University and author of  Fashion Fwd: How Today's Cultures Shapes Tomorrow Fashion. During her free time Maddi can be found perusing the latest edition of Vogue and mentoring fellow entrepreneurs as they strive to discover their greatest potentials. A week after her college graduation, Maddi suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that left her paralyzed on her left side. For the past year and a half, she's been working hard to (quite literally) get back on her feet and pursue her love for fashion. She wrote Fashion Fwd while undergoing intense physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy as a way to kickstart her new life of purpose.     What makes you feel beautiful: A killer pair of...

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