Something you might not know is that the name of my blog, Life Of Pippa, comes from anecdotes from my friends. Ever since I became chronically ill, I’ve found myself in countless bizarre life situations that it often seems only I could end up in… and these became affectionately christened by my nearest and dearest as ‘Life Of Pippa’ moments.
I’m the first one to joke about the tricky situations I frequently find myself navigating as a result of my condition, but the truth of the matter is that when disability is a big part of your life, you’re much more likely to encounter troublesome situations just from going about your day. Whether it’s physical barriers, unsafe environments, or stigma from the people around us, the unfortunate reality is that disabled people run an increased risk of encountering serious or dangerous circumstances.
What these situations might look like will vary between individuals, but today I wanted to share five of my own tips for being prepared for disability-related emergencies… based on my own lived experiences of chronic illness.