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Technology for neurological disorders

Lately I’ve been playing Playstation 4 games... badly. I’ve been playing Detroit: Become Human, Sims 4, Red Dead Redemption, Heavy Rain, Beyond: 2 Souls and Until Dawn. They're difficult, but not too difficult, and they help me work on my fine motor control. I've also got a Wii Fit and VR headset that I pull out from time to time. Video games have been helpful for my neurological rehabilitation. It was trial and error to work out what I could and couldn't do. Everyone has different symptoms and different levels of neurological damage, so it’s something you need to figure out for yourself. It's also a great idea to consult a physical therapist about what technologies might be helpful. I've searched online for tools to make our life easier. We've bought things for the house like a dishwasher, clothes dryer, robot vacuum cleaner, a one cup hot water dispenser recommended by...

What I learnt in therapy

As part of my 20 week program at a rehabilitation center, I saw a psychologist and psychiatrist. Despite being a person who was so unequivocally against therapy, I eventually gave in to the process and learnt a lot. One of the things we discussed were Worden’s 4 tasks of mourning. The following tasks are very broad. I think they're purposely vague because the tasks mean different things to different people. Everyone is going through their own loss and feeling different emotions. Task 1: To accept the reality of the loss. Now no one has died but you need to mourn the loss of your old life. Accepting how or why you got sick. It seems like accepting reality is easy but it’s not. Task 2: To work through the pain of grief. Mourn the things you can no longer do. There was so much that I couldn’t do and had to give...

Cancer Discrimination in the UK Wellness Industry

On 18th March 2018, while visiting London from my home in the Netherlands, I was discriminated against by the Mandara Spa inside the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel. I was not discriminated against because of my age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I was not discriminated against because of the colour of my skin. Rather, I was refused service because I had been treated for cancer within the last 5 years, a deeply humiliating experience that left me feeling dejected, and sadly, one that appears to be all-too-common within the UK wellness industry. A few years ago, I had just been promoted and was living my dream. I was travelling around Europe doing a job that I loved. I suffered a particularly nasty cold while my husband was away visiting family. When I recovered I noticed that my walking felt funny- it was like my legs weren’t quite doing what I expected...
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