As the name of her blog "Life of an ambitious turtle" suggests, Fiona Anderson does not let her disease slow her down. On the contrary: in addition to caring for her children, the British woman is also an active campaigner. Which person has influenced her most and why passion is important to her, she tells us on REHACARE.com.
Name: Fiona Anderson Age: 29 City: Bolton, Greater Manchester Occupation: Stay at Home Mum, disability rights activist, North West Trailblazer for Muscular Dystrophy UK charity and disability, lifestyle and parenting blogger Impairment: Muscular Dystrophy - a progressive life-limiting muscle wasting condition. Full time power wheelchair user
Fiona Anderson: My two young children, disability humour and you've been framed type situations.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Fiona Anderson: I've always wanted to skydive for Muscular Dystrophy UK and RP Fighting Blindness charities but as I'd need to go through a specialist organisation for extreme sports for people with disabilities, I've not had the opportunity to dedicate the time and energy to formally get the ball rolling, though I have made enquiries!
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Fiona Anderson: My biggest influencer is famous artist, mouth and foot painter and disabled parent Alison Lapper. She was my driving force as a first-time parent trying to get to grips with parenting with a severe disability. She is still a massive positive influencer to me when things in parenting get rough. In the respect of, if she could do it with her limitations then so could I!
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Fiona Anderson: I would make Changing Places facilities mandatory in all public buildings so no disabled child would ever have to be changed on a filthy toilet floor again nor disabled adults like me, have to opt for surgically fitted catheters which wouldn't be needed if these facilities were common practice. Equally, I'd fight tooth and nail for more accessible housing in wider areas to combat the #HiddenHousingCrisis in the UK amongst other things!
Fiona Anderson is a 29-year old mum of two daughters. And of course, they are her primary focus. Because of her disease she wants to create as many precious childhood moments for her kids as possible. Taking many pictures is a side effect of this effort.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Fiona Anderson: My two little girls and making sure they have an amazing childhood.
To help people with disabilities realise that having a family is possible and so incredibly rewarding. I use my experiences, trial and error via my blog to help others trouble shoot so they can spend more time enjoying their children, than trying to work out the practicalities of caring for them independently. I want disabled parents to have the same opportunities and rights of non-disabled parents.
I would like to be ...
Fiona Anderson: ...work in a charity I feel passionate about once my children are both school aged.
What I finally want to say...
Fiona Anderson: Do what you're passionate about and you'll live more passionately therefore.