Here’s a little about me.
My name is Shannon Elayne Ann Weston and just like Anne of Green Gables, I believe Ann should be spelt with an E, but oh well – I didn’t choose it. My favourite animal is a Polar Bear – all thanks to Chris de Lacey’s Ice Fire book. 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. This is why my username is Seabear – because Polar Bears are essentially the bears of the sea, right?
I’m 21 years old and have Congenital Cerebral Palsy, which is brain damage that affects one or more limbs at birth.
Just like many disabilities, Cerebral Palsy is on a spectrum from mild to severe. Mine is known as Right Hemiplegia (Right limbs half-paralysed) which means that I do most things one-handed, including changing my bedding, playing video games and cooking. It also means that I require help for some two-handed activities, such as cutting up food.
I believe that my disability doesn’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.
Right now, I am entering my final year of an undergraduate course in Creative Writing 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.
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 university life. Occasionally, I may talk about games, blogging and issues I come across in my day to day life.
If there is anything you’d like me to review or blog about, feel free to ask.
“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