Why are passports so powerful?

  Trump’s travel ban has really got me thinking about the power of a passport and how severely it determines everyone’s freedom of movement. While being able to travel is a privilege in itself, our place of birth within man made borders decides the fate of how we live our lives. Anybody who was born Read More…

Fasting while disabled: what I discovered

  Today was the first day of Ramadan 2017. In this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset in an effort to increase in self-reflection, empathy, gratitude and patience. This is only my fourth year fasting after a 10-year break following my diagnosis. While I knew I wasn’t well enough to observe, and therefore exempt, Read More…

My big surgery: 10 years later

  On 22 May 2007 my life changed forever.   On that day, almost 10 years ago, I had a 12-hour operation on my back to straighten the curve that was forming at the top of my spine. Two days later, my lungs collapsed, I was taken to intensive care and my parents were told Read More…

Words can hurt me too

  At the start of this month, I had my second session of a year long Leadership Programme I’m participating in. The weekend topic was about society – “what’s really going on here?” One of our speakers spoke about the importance of words, and how they can be used to perpetuate mentalities about marginalised communities. Read More…