Hi, my name is Sarah. Welcome to my blog.
I am a housebound Christian living in the UK. From the age of six I aspired to be a paramedic, but my aspirations (career related or otherwise) were shattered at the age of twenty by the onset of chronic illness. Before illness struck I was a university student, childcare worker, Sunday School teacher and volunteer with a youth theatre company. I played the trumpet and saxophone and enjoyed an active social life with a wide circle of friends. I walked several miles a day, did a variety of arts & crafts, and was actively involved in a local church and its community outreach.
Since becoming housebound and wheelchair dependent, I have had to adapt to a very different way of life and come to terms with a whole new idea of ‘normal’. This blog aims to chronicle that journey and explore some of the issues surrounding faith and disability, while raising awareness of the reality of severe, chronic illness that so often remains hidden behind closed doors.
While some of what I write may be difficult or upsetting I feel that it is important to speak honestly about the difficulties surrounding illness and disability. Many thoughts and experiences common to disabled people are rarely spoken of, leading some to assume they must be the only person to feel a particular way. By writing openly about my own experience and feelings, I hope to let others know that they are not alone in facing these things, and that their thoughts and experiences are equally valid.
Whether you are chronically ill yourself, you care for someone who is, or you stumbled on this blog completely by chance, I would love to hear from you. Let’s make this a safe space where people can share their advice and experiences without fear of judgment. I reserve the right to remove any comment deemed inappropriate or offensive. Inclusion of a comment does not indicate my personal agreement with it or endorsement of its recommendations.
The opinions expressed in blog posts are entirely my own and do not necessarily represent the views of other Christians, or people with disabilities. Names of people and places may be changed to protect identities. I am not a medical professional and any mention of medications, treatments, management strategies or social care are based entirely on my personal experience and should not be construed as medical advice or used as a substitute for proper medical care.
[For an explanation of the title of this blog read my first ever blog post]