A letter to my sixteen year old self: What I wish I knew about decision making and disability

Dear Clíona, I am writing to you as a slightly older, supposed to be wiser, version of you. I would like to tell you that I have figured it all out and that I now have all the answers to questions such as why people treat you differently, what should you say to deal with all embarrassing situations and how to make the right decision every time but sadly I don’t! I am still learning and think I will be for a long time.

Shelly Gaynor – A letter to my sixteen year old self

Hi Shelly, I know the year of your sweet sixteenth hasn’t been what you thought it would be. Spending the best part of the summer in hospital is never ideal. I’m happy to let you know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.