Firstly, I just wanted to say a MAHOOOSIVE thank you to everyone who listened to the first episode of Spoonie Pyjama Party!
In this week’s episode, I’m joined by the pretty damn amazing Pamela Relph, whose name you may recognise if you were one of the millions of people who tuned into the Paralympic rowing in both London and Rio. She’s a 2-time gold medalist, and now works as a professional keynote speaker.
We spoke about her experiences as an athlete, ‘inspiration porn’, why it’s so important to become advocates to help make sure disability becomes ‘boring’, how our worsening health has turned us both into introverts, how standing up for yourself isn’t always as easy as we may think, and much more.
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I’ve been recording a few episodes this week, and it has been interesting speaking to people who have totally different experiences of disability. There are people who can lead a pretty “normal” life with a few adjustments, there are those of us who can’t but can still work and go out under certain conditions, and there are others who can’t. I think it’s really important to recognise this full range of disability and how it affects each and every one of us differently.
While you may not be able to relate specifically to everyone I speak to, we all have many experiences in common, and I think it’s valid. I’m sick of the thing I often see online, when some people feel like they need to be in competition for who is the most unwell.
We all experience invisible disability differently. But we should be there to share experiences with each other, and fight wider systemic problems, not each other.
I really enjoyed my chat with Pam, and want to say thank you to her for putting up with my rather embarrassing brain fog that kept popping up throughout the interview!
I think that’s enough from me, I hope you enjoy this episode!
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