Blue Badges and Invisible Illness – My Experiences

pippa in powerchair with back to camera, looking at colourful flowers along side of path

This piece was previously commissioned by UNITE Magazine (April 2019).

Society knows that people with invisible illnesses exist, but how much do they know about people’s experiences? If others can’t see people’s symptoms with their own eyes, how do they know that they’re there? Taking our word for it apparently isn’t enough, as has been illustrated with my own Blue Badge journey.

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Disney Made Me Question My Disability

pippa and izzy stood either side of and posing with mickey mouse

This piece was originally written for Scope’s online community, but I never got around to sharing it on my blog. It was this time last year that we were in Disneyland Paris living our very best lives, so here’s something of a throwback…

Something I often consider is at what point an invisible illness becomes visible ‘enough’. Why? Because despite using an extremely visible mobility aid, many non-disabled people are still inclined to question whether I actually look unwell enough to use a wheelchair. I’ve talked many a time about people’s perceptions of my invisible condition, and what it’s like to be an invisibly ill wheelchair user, however it was my recent experience at Disneyland Paris, using their access card system for the first time, that was a particular eye-opener for me.

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#ScooterGirlCampaign – a chat with Tanyalee Davis

selfie of tanyalee and pippa, smiing at camera

As I’m sure many of you have seen, comedian Tanyalee has had her fair share of public transport issues lately. From being asked to move her mobility scooter to give priority to a passenger with a folding pram, to literally being left on a train when assistance failed to show up, it’s been one thing after the other. Ahead of Tanyalee’s performance at York Fringe, I had the opportunity to chat to her about the status of mobility aids, the tiresome act of arranging assistance, and accidentally beginning an accessible transport movement…

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Powerchairs Aren’t Just For Elderly People

pippa in powerchair looking to right and laughing

If you’re new to my blog, hello and a warm welcome! I’m Pippa, I’m from Yorkshire, and I have a rather inconvenient chronic illness. You can find out more about me here, and read my chronic illness story here.

I first became an ambulatory wheelchair user in 2015, when my mobility began decreasing due to my chronic illness. Back then I relied on a transit wheelchair pushed by somebody else, and did my best to make it work for my lifestyle. Fast forward three years, however, and I’ve now made the transition to becoming a part-time powerchair user, and own the Eden Comet power-chair from Eden Mobility.

I have to say, I’m loving the power-chair life so far (and I’ve shared a little about my own experiences over on my Instagram page), but today I wanted to talk about one of the biggest barriers that held me back from making this decision for so long: self-confidence.

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