Little Sea Bear

Book Reviews, Bearing Disability, Student Life and more

About

Here’s a little about Little Sea Bear. It has two authors, Shannon and LilyMay. LilyMay sometimes helps with the layout of the site and the Berg’s Book Club. 

Shannon

I’m Shannon, the founder and created of the site. My first and middle initials are S. E. and A, so as you can see, that spells SEA. I love the water, I love swimming even though I cannot swim,

My favourite animal is a Polar Bear – all thanks to Chris de Lacey’s Ice Fire book from the Last Dragon Chronicles. Though I think he probably should have ended on the fifth book. Ice Fire is the second book in this series.

For some reason, I felt I could really connect with the Polar Bears in the story, plus they’re also left-handed and wise.  My name, Shannon, means Wise Owl and I have always taken pride in learning new things.

Little Sea Bear gets its name from my name, my favourite animal and my size. I am 5.2″ and the smallest in my family. My love for Polar Bears is well known in my circle of family and friends—along with pirates. Combine them together and you have LittleSeaBear—because Polar Bears are essentially the bears of the sea, right?

I’m 22 years old and have Congenital Cerebral Palsy. Congenital means “born with” or “from birth”, cerebral means “brain” and palsy means “paralysis”. So in English, I have brain paralysis from birth.

This condition usually affects one or more limbs and just like many disabilities, Cerebral Palsy is on a spectrum from mild to severe. It also comes with many forms as well, sort of like sub categories and you can have more than one sub category.

I have spastic right hemiplegia. “Hemi” means half and “plegia” means paralysed. Right-half paralysed. Spastic is involuntary movements.

This means that my right side is mostly affected. It affects everyone differently, from mild to severe and does not mean that you do not have function in the affected side. There are people who are completely paralysed on their affected limbs and there are people who have the condition but are vary mild it is not noticeable.

I am not fully paralysed. I can walk and I can move my right arm but the fine and gross motor skills are difficult for me. I get tired easily, both in my leg and in my arm. It causes me great pain in the winter and I am unable to pick items up easily.

This means that many tasks that are two handed, I have to do with one hand. Changing my bed covers, playing video games, cooking are just some examples.

It also means that I require help for some two-handed activities, such as cutting up food, tying my shoelaces and spreading food.

I also have anxiety. It can prevent me from eating and be triggered without warning. It can take full control of my body, forcing me to the floor or paralysing me to the spot for a good 5-10 minutes.

Despite this, I believe that my disabilities don’t stop me from doing anything and I am happy to give anything ago. Giving up is not something I do very easily as I am a little stubborn at times.

I have recently finished my undergraduate course in BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing with a 2.1 at the University of Derby. It has been an amazing experience with ups and downs, not to mention crashing my car on the first week of university was an expensive bill right out of my student finance.

Now, I am preparing for my masters at the same university: MA Writing for Performance.

I’m not an idle person, my brain hardly ever shuts up and so I have to do something, lying around staring at the ceiling is just not something I can do. I love to cook, especially my favourite dishes: curry, roast dinner,and chilli but often need help here and there.

I also love to be creative. Taking Photos. Making things. Writing stories.

My blog will primarily be book reviews, disability and writing. Occasionally, I may talk about blogging, university life and issues I come across in my day to day life.

The disability side will hopefully give you ideas on how to overcome some issues and obstacles or maybe bring awareness of other peoples struggles.

Little fact:

The A in my name is Ann and just like Anne of Green Gables, I believe Ann should be spelt with an E, but oh well – I didn’t choose it.

“It LOOKS so much nicer. When 

you hear a name pronounced can’t you always see it in your mind, just as if it was printed out? I can; and A-n-n looks dreadful, but A-n-n-e looks so much more distinguished.”  – Anne of  Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

If there is anything you’d like me to review or blog about, feel free to ask.

Enjoy

~Shannon~

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By John Anderton

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