• Hannah shewan stevens A writer, photographer, activist and all round weirdo learning to use her voice.

Ramblings

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What The Fuck Is Scleroderma?

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What the fuck is scleroderma anyway? I’ve talked a lot about the condition on my blog and social media, but I don’t think I’ve ever properly explained what on earth it is. So here goes… Scleroderma is an uncommon condition…

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Refreshing My Perspective

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Jan,2019

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We grow up with a distorted view of our own bodies, as well as those around us. Our surroundings dictate how we perceive our bodies and people of all genders are taught to equate sex appeal with their worth. The…

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My PTSD Diagnosis

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Jan,2019

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A few months ago my psychologist told me that I have PTSD. She was astounded no one had diagnosed it earlier; I wasn’t. I’ve often struggled with my mental health but a diagnosis that made sense evaded me. I dove…

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Disability Power

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Jan,2019

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What is a disability? What does it mean? What even qualifies? According to Equality Act 2010, you have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to…

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A Letter To My Skin: Stomach

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Jan,2019

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For years I hid from you. I stepped away from the mirror when you were out, I refused to look down at you when I was naked and I stopped touching any part of you. I tortured you for nearly…

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Travelling While Disabled

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Jan,2019

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This week I ran away from humid London to burning hot Rome to fulfil a lifelong dream – to explore an ancient city I’ve been entranced by since I was a tiny nerd. Now, as a fully-grown history nerd, I…

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How To Survive Being Bedridden

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Jan,2019

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Three deep breaths… The sun comes up, light fills your room, the world is stirring and your brain is sweeping out the cobwebs, but your body hasn’t quite got the message. All night muscle spasms have left it fading, shivers…

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Wearing A Bikini For The First Time In Eight Years

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Jan,2019

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Thanks to hitting 5’1 at just 11-years-old and shooting up to 5’10 by my teen years, I’ve never been able to disappear into a crowd. My body simply won’t allow it. So, embracing my physique has been a rocky journey….

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Finding My Voice

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Jan,2019

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I’ve had a niggling voice tripping me up every time I try to write something for the longest time. If I’m not at work, it tells me there’s no point even starting because everything I write down will be useless…

A Letter To My Skin: Back

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Jan,2019

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Few of us ever spend much time looking at you. Our entire lives are spent facing the other direction and we have to crane over our shoulders to get a good view of your vast expanse. You used to be…

10 Things I Should Have Asked My Doctor When I Was First Diagnosed

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Jan,2019

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When I was first diagnosed with scleroderma at 15-years-old, after a year of being bounced around consultants, I was so shell-shocked that I didn’t ask a single question. My fear of taking up too much time in an overcrowded NHS…

Starting With Just One Thing

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Jan,2019

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As a young kid I developed a pretty poisonous self-image and when I reached those tumultuous teen years, everything spiralled out of control. A mild dislike for my body evolved into a burning hatred for every single part of it….