Wheelchair Accessible Sightseeing By Boat With City Cruises York [AD]

pippa sat on bench onboard boat that's out on the river, one hand on the rails and looking behind her. pippa is wearing a light pink denim jacket, blue jeans and white trainers.

[AD – Gifted Experience] Many thanks to City Cruises for having us aboard your York sightseeing tour! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Head to their website find out more about the tours and book your tickets!

I’ve lived in York for coming up to eight years now, and throughout that entire time I’ve had my eye on City Cruises. Every time I’m in the city centre and spot the jolly red boats cruising up and down the river, I push them higher up my mental bucket list… and I’m so glad to have finally been able to experience one of them for myself.

See, this is the thing. You may know that I live with a debilitating chronic illness, and when I’m out and about I generally use a wheelchair. Unfortunately, this means that I don’t always get to explore new places as much as I’d like to, and I can often end up feeling a little excluded from popular tourist experiences. Not this time, though. City Cruises had my back.

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For The ‘In-Betweeners’: The Invisible Challenges Of Moderate Chronic Illness

two images of pippa. left image features pippa in pyjamas, holding soft toy, with nose cannula and headgear, right image featuring nice dress and hair and make-up done for going out

I vividly remember writing this piece on a difficult afternoon where things felt, as they so often do, rather hopeless. At the time I decided there wouldn’t be any value in putting this out into the world, especially with this post being rather more sombre than my usual writing. However, after discussing the topic with friends and seeking their feedback, it feels like the right time to finally share these musings. So today, let’s talk about the invisible challenges of being an ‘in-betweener’, moderately affected by chronic illness…

Update/ Disclaimer: ever since I first published this piece, I’ve been rather bombarded with emails offering advice and opinions on the issues discussed below. Whilst I recognise that many of these messages have come from a kind-hearted place, I wanted to reiterate that in any of my work, unless stated otherwise, I am not seeking advice or assistance of any kind. Please keep reading until the end of the post, where I discuss the ways I’m dealing with some of these issues; many of the suggestions people have been quick to point out have already been mentioned in this very piece. I appreciate you reaching out, and I don’t want to seem dismissive or ungrateful, but the very best thing you can do for me is saving the valuable time and energy you’ve used in reaching out, for yourself. Thank you for your understanding!

Before we go anywhere with this post, it’s important to make clear that I recognise my privilege. I live in a country with a healthcare system free at the point of us, I have supportive family and friends, I experienced a good education and have a regular-ish income. Although I’m chronically ill, my condition could affect me much, much more severely than it currently does. I can and do count my blessings on a daily basis, and I mean that sincerely.

Today, however, I’d like to talk about the difficulties of my current situation and in doing so, I hope you’ll keep an open mind. Chronic illness can so quickly turn into the ‘who has it worse’ game, particularly online, and I hope that my own little corner of the internet can steer clear of these shenanigans. Please do keep reading until the end and hear me out, because I have no doubt that I’m not alone with this one.

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