Positive Affirmation Card Reading 15th Oct – 22st Oct

  
So I haven’t done a positive affirmation #reading for all of us in a long time!!! So I shuffled my #miriclesnow cards and asked them for guidance this week!!

The card I picked reads: 

‘In The Midst Of A Meltdown, I BREATH Through The Discomfort And Come Out The Other Side’ 

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Anytime you feel any pressure or stress it’s always good to pause for a minute and take some long deep breaths in and out! When everything gets too much mentally, physically or both our minds and bodies react and we go into panic mode! The simplest things become a task and we then start to have a ‘meltdown’ we start to suffer… But taking a few minutes to ground yourself and breath will really help!! Try and refocus while letting all the tension come out of you! The situation your in wont change but how you deal and process it definitely will! Also take a few minutes to do something physically to clear your mind like having a cup of tea or read a few pages of your favourite book… ❤️💜💛💚💙 So remember this week just pause and take deep breathes when things overwhelm you and come out stronger on the other side! 

Peace and love xxx

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Disabled Revolution  Anyone? 

  

  
It was a long night and day yesterday in the UK with some of us waking up to the horrid news that David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party will be our priminister again for the second term and what’s worse is that there is no coalition this time so it’s pure Tories!! As a young disabled woman living in central London this is really hard news to digest.. I have seen and experienced how much suffering sick and disabled people have gone through in the past 5 years and as a young person I have seen all the services that were helping me live a supported and progressive life vanish before my eyes… We have been treated like the lowest of low for being sick and not being ‘able’ to work! We are living in a country where people automatically believe sick/disabled people are just a drain to society  or we are all lazy and just want to live on benifits! How are we MENT to work without support or suitable jobs! 

  
I have been on benefits for maybe 7 years now.. I have never had a ‘real’ job as My illness progressed when I was 16. I would love to work but with my health conditions there is nothing out there right now that I can physically do or earn enough from. Saying all of that I don’t believe that I’m getting money from the government for not doing anything! I am a positive member of society that works as a person for the community! I volunteer as much as I  can to local charity’s, I speak to and help as many  people as I can about issues they are having! I educate people on my illnesses and disabilities, I am always there for my friends and family and most of all I am there for disabled/sick people! So many disabled/sick people really help and support each other! I think that’s the biggest ‘job’ of all! We shouldn’t be named unemployed benefit receivers  we should be called ‘undercover heros’ or ‘expert advisor to the people’ lol no one with an ‘official’ job can do the work we do to support and educate each other! I honestly think if we didn’t communicate with others or just sat in a dark room quiet it would be a very horrible and a hard world out there! We are the experts and I think its about time we get recognised for it!! We need a disabled revolution! We need to stop all this bull shit thinking others have of us! We are not benefit scroungers, we are not useless but WE ARE the soldiers that show everyone that you can do anything you put your mind to! WE ARE the fire that burns through all the bullshit and WE ARE some of the most important and influential people in society!  

  
I know it can be hard to stay positive but we need to! Even with the government we have today we are  still lucky to live in a country where  people do support us and we are lucky to have free health care and financial help! Allot of countries don’t have this! So we do need to praise the good while recognising the bad but don’t let the government make us disabled! We are amazing people with soo much knowledge and power! So I say fuck all the nagetivity and bullshit and join together to show everyone what we are made of and why we are key to the running of this country!!! We will stick together and rise together and do anything in our power to stop any injustice thrown our way! The next five years are gong to be very interesting! So lets continue to be open and out there! Fight for what you believe in and continue to reach out to everyone you can! We are the force for change and equality! We are the soldiers and most importantly we are the PEOPLE

So let your voice out in any way you can and fight for what’s right!!! 

  
  
PEACE & LOVE XXX


Other posts that you should check out 

How to get disabled tickets of you need them 

Chronic illness Flare up plan 

How to get Disabled Tickets if you need it! 

Hey all sorry for not posting this sooner, I haven’t been well for the past two days, my glands are all swollen and CRP is high so I’m probably fighting some sort of inflammation/infection. I need to see a doctor but my lift is broken and I can’t  do the stairs. I don’t feel sick enough to go a&e so I rang 111, just waiting for a gp to get back to me… 

The reason I want to cover this subject is because I know how hard it is to do these things and theres not much help out there to show us how we can attend and enjoy events while having a disability! If they didn’t have disabled tickets I would not be able to go to most of these events 😞

I want to see more of you out there and taking charge of your life to do the things you want to do! Let’s find our ‘Entertainment Range‘ 

Please keep in mind I am a disabled customer just like you! I am not a professional  and everything below is just advice and things that work for me! 

And please forgive my spelling mistakes I tried to fix as many as I could 😊

So let’s talk about tickets for events/shows… I’m not sure how to go through this as there are sooo many things to explain but let’s try 😊

So what are Disabled/Accessible  tickets? 

To my understanding and I am no expert, they are tickets offered to people/customers with extra needs/disabilities… They are normally the same price as a standard ticket and it it should cover your personal assistant/carer at no extra cost or a discounted price .. So disabled customers who need  their own personal assistance will use this service. For concerts/festivals, disabled tickets will also get you into certain seating depending on your needs. I will explain more later on.

I have no idea what the law says in regards to this subject but i don’t think public venues are ‘forced‘ to have complimentary or discounted carers tickets, I think it’s up to the venue/business. I also think the government probably advise to allow one carer in for free/discounted. If it’s not the law it should be! 

So if you need someone with you because of your disability/health then you can buy these tickets. The ‘complimentary‘ carers ticket is for you to have someone with you who will help/support you during your time at the venue/event. It can be someone you employ, a carer or a friend/family member as long as they have the ability to support  you. 

EVIDENCE                                            

Most places will ask you for some sort of evidence supporting your need for a disabled ticket. For those of us with physical disabilities the best forms of ID to prove your disability ESP if it’s like ours ‘invisible‘ is to present your disabled freedom/travel-card  or a disabled parking permit known as the ‘Blue Badge‘. 





Both forms of ID are useful as they have your photo on it and they are  both allocated by your local town hall/city council. They won’t question your disability once you have this. Another form of evidence is a copy of your DLA (disability living allowance) certificate.       

 

             

If you do not have any of the above please consider applying for them because if you need to buy a disabled ticket or need a carer you should be entitled to one of the above.                   To those who can’t get the above or don’t fit in with the ‘criteria’ I would get a stamped  doctors letter explaining you are disabled and need a carer for whichever reason.. Iv never used a letter before as I have always had the above

GENERAL INFORMATION ON BUYING A DISABLED TICKET AT DIFFERENT VENUES ! ! 

So it’s different in different places 

Museums: most are free but for the ones that charge or if your going for a certain exhibition they most likely allow a carer in for free. Also most of the big museums like the V&A or the National History Meusum have wheelchairs & walking frames on site for visitors to use. I like the frames with the seat! 

Tourist Attractions: places like the ‘London Eye’ or a ‘Themes Riverboat Cruise’ count as attractions.. Most and probably all have disabled tickets with a free carer. You can also book these tickets online or through their telephone booking service! I always recommend buying your ticket ahead when it comes to touristic places as they tend to get very busy! Speaking about it being busy, because you have purchased a disabled ticket you can also join the fasttrack queue when entering your venue! Some places like the London eye can have queues that last for 3 hours at peak time/season so the fast track will really help! 

Concerts/Festivals:  My favourite thing in the world ATM and it’s only because I’v been to soo many recently! Last Year I saw over 30 artists preforms live!! It’s crazy now I look back… I will do a more detailed entry about concerts and festivals as its allot to take in. So the best and most of the time the only way to book disabled tickets for gigs is by telephone! Most of the main ticket providers have dedicated accessible booking lines. That means only disabled tickets can be bought on that line… Most of the disabled lines are charged at the local rate which is a huge bonus as you can bee waiting for a long time when tickets first go on sale.. Once you get through they will ask you about your disability and how it effects you, they will also try and figure out the best seating for you! For concerts they won’t ask you to send evidence of your disability but they may check on the night of your concert. Festivals on the other had will ask you to scan and email your evidence to them so they make sure that disabled people get disabled tickets which I think is really good and they accept all the evidence I mentioned earlier.. To get the number you need to call look at their website or search it on google. The main sites and venues for concerts and shows are : The O2 and TicketMaster  

Cinema: Now this one is not as easy as the rest especially if you have an invisible disability! The amount of times i argued with cinema staff is crazy! That was before I found out that you can apply for a disabled cinema card!! Yep that’s right! Most of the major cinemas like Vue, Odeon and a increasing number of smaller companies are part of the ‘CEA Card Scheme’.  this scheme has been developed by the ‘Cinema Exhibitors’ Association for UK cinemas. You don’t need a card for the cinema to make your visit more enjoyable but it does ensure you get a complimentry carers ticket! The card is the same size as a oyster or credit card which is perfect because it fits in your purse! 



It cost £10 a year to be part of this scheme but it’s worth it!! Here’s the link to apply: https://www.ceacard.co.uk

Theatres: most theatres in London have really bad access because they are old buildings… The best way to get a ticket that suits you is to ring them up as they will tell give you the best advice… Again your carer ticket should be free and you may get a consession price because the buildings are not that accessible. Look at this link for more info http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/access/

Theme Parks: there are many theme parks/fairs around the UK. To be honest I have only gone to Thorpe Park since my EDS became a problem. Their websites will give you the best information. You can buy disabled tickets on the site or through their booking line. You will get a carer in for free. Also when you enter ask them to point you in the direction of the disabled access   team or customer service. When you get there you can get a access map of the park and also any other important information. You will also be given fast track  bands so you can jump the queue and won’t have to wait in the main queue.. They take all the Id listed above but I would also get a doctors letter saying you are allowed on the rides especially if you suffer from POTs

TRAVELING IN THE EU: I recently went to Disneyland Paris!!! It was a dream come true!!! Honestly I am obsessed with everything disney but could never afford to go. Then I saw a deal on groupon for £99 trip by coach including the ticket entry! Will tell you about it another time 😊. 



Anyway your carer goes for free and you also get to jump the queue for rides.. They have other arrangements too like disabled seating and so on… You will need to take your blue badge as it is recognised in France and can be used all across Europe. If you don’t have one then you will need a stamped doctors letter!  Please research any attractions outside the UK! 

Advice 

Hope this is helpful and please contact me with any questions also comment any useful advice and links we can use in regards to disabled tickets! I have added links throughout this blog. Click on any highlighted blue words to take you to relevant sites…

Just a few extra points:

  • Always ring the venue before purchesing you ticket especially if it’s your first time 
  • Look for reviews online regarding disabled tickets 
  • Most big venues like arenas and theme parks have disabled parking 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask! Most places are very helpful especially if you are honest about your condition. The staff are not psychic! So make sure you communicate your needs and any worries 
  • Work out the safest and easier route to your Vanue before the actual day 
  • Always be prepared 
  • Bring any medication you need, bring Id, make sure you have your medical ID card/braclet on. Also I bring a copy of my prescription just incase 
  • Bring your own food as these venues are pricey
  • Check restrictions on liquid items including water and even if the venue says no to bringing water but you need it please talk to the manager and explain why you need it! They normally make exceptions 
  • Always look out for the fast track queue 
  • Ask your doctor before attending anything your unsure about
  • Keep an eye on for this sign! I like to call him Angel! Lol
  • If you have a friend or family member who looks after you for free take them to your concert! That means your not paying extra for an employed PA and if they are willing you can split the price of the ticket if the carer ticket is complimentry! I do this most of the time because it’s allot nice being with someone who will enjoy it with you! Also allot cheaper especially if your on a low income 
  • Use google!!! Put the word disabled next to your venue/event details in the search engine and it will take you to the page you need instead of looking around 
  • If you have any problems or issues make sure you voice them to the company! I will deal with the situation as it happens. If you are still unhappy complain in writing!  Email is the best form at you have proff! I always out them on Twitter first to get their attention then follow whet they suggest when they reply! It’s the most effective way! 
  • Give the venue feedback it’s your responsibility! Praise them on things that have gone well and also advise them on things they can improve! We want the venues to have a good relationship with disabled customers! So have good communication with them! 

Ok think that’s enough I will probably go through each venue and review them later on! Please share this with anyone who will benifit from this 

Good luck and I hope to see more of you going out there to do the fun stuff because we can!! 😊 

Peace and love xxx

Ps : the wireless lineup has got even better!!



 I got my three day pass! After you buy the ticket they will send you an email asking you to send evidence of you disability and an application form to get access to the platform and a carer! You have two weeks from the day you purchsed the ticket to fill out the form.  

You can buy your tickets from the website http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wireless

Or ring them on: 02071952133 

I rang them to book the tickets and I would  advise you to buy them over the phone to! It’s better to talk to someone and ask them questions before you purchase! LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE LONDON DATES!!





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FESTIVALS & CONCERTS for VIPs (disabled tickets) 

It’s 2am in west london. I am wide awake like a true Insomniac and i’m not feeling sleepy AT ALL!!  But I am feeling over Excited!!! It’s finally starting to snow outside and 

At 9am Wireless festival 2015 tickets go on sale!!!! 

It’s London’s 3 day urban music festival like no other!! I’m a huge hiphiop/r&b fan so this festival gets me very excited!!!! As the months go by they will be adding loads more artists to the bill!! Here’s the line up so far!!! And a link to their website  http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk



I think i was 16 when I first got interested in concerts & music festivals properly. I had been to local music events at places like the Notting Hill Carnival, Portobello Market and at the Tabernacle (a local community center at the time). I had also been on music chart shows like ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘CD:UK’ any one remember these tv shows? 

That was all before my EDS and other chronic conditions took over!  It was also at my worst point health wise at 16 and a half years old. I never dreamed let alone thought I could go for events like this back then!!! It wasn’t till 2013 that I decided to research going to a concert because ‘Queen B, Mrs Carter, Sasha Fierce BEYONCE‘ was coming to London!!! And it was for one of my favourite albums of all time!!!  



So at the age of 24 I was finally brave enough to take control of my conditions and fight for what I wanted!! 

She was playing at the O2 arena North Greenwich!! I am an O2 customer so I got priority to buy tickets before general sale! So I singed up with AXS the ticket provider website and sat on my computer From 8.30 am waiting in a virtual room to be let into the site for 9am! I was soo excited yet soo nervous!! My plan was to buy two tickets to see Beyonce! One for my Carer and one for me.. 9am came and just like magic purchasing options became available!! I have never done this before soo it was all new! I added my two tickets into my basket but every time I tried to checkout it would say something like ‘There are no tickets to purchase’!!! 

Aghhhhhh What Am I Doing Wrong! Thats me screaming down the phone to my friend lol 

After 30 minutes of trying, we start to see the social media sites blow up with status updates announcing: BEYONCE PRE SALE SELLS OUT IN UNDER TEN MINUTES!!

I was soo upset! It took allot of courage to get me to this point and I couldn’t get a ticket!! 

After my mini breakdown I realised I had been upset over Presale and the rest of the tickets will be on sale the next day!!!! 

Ohhhh everything changed in me!  I was no longer trying to sit at a computer patiently to get tickets.. I now knew I was going in to a battle!! As I did more research into making sure I got a ticket, I stumbled across a button with information for people with Access Needs!!! I wouldn’t have clicked on it if I didn’t recognise the familiar blue wheelchair user logo! 

I had just found the Magic Button for all thoes living with disabilites!!! As I read through I found out that most venues provide special seating for people with disabilities and that your carer will be allowed in free of charge!! Then I found something even more magical!!! O2’s DISABLED BOOKING LINE!!!! An 0208 number that will solve all my questions while providing me with a the most appropriate seating for me to watch the concert!!! I didnt waste any time and rang that number straight away! I know they said pre sale had sold out but at least I can talk to somone about my best options for getting tickets the next day!! I spoke to somone from the accessible booking team and explained its my first concert and I suffer from this and that. The lady I spoke to was very nice and the first thing she said was we still have one more disabled ticket on Presale, would you like to purchase it? I paused is disbelief.. I then said I need two tickets as I need a carer! She then explained that most events allow a carer for free when needed and that the ticket she offered me included a carers ticket!!! 

I was over the moon!!!  I then paid for the ticket so fast!! I had finally purchased  a concert ticket and realised how easy it is to deal with when its at big venues!!! 

So that was my first experience! And I have loads more to tell but I need to try and get some sleep…. This post has taken me an hour :-/ 

A detailed page about disabled acsess tickets can now be viewed here 🙂 

Night 

Peace and love xxx

 

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