Why I Created ‘The Reality of…’ Series

As the 50th post is approaching in the series, I wanted to reflect on why I started the series and the impact it has had.

Firstly, I just want to say a big thank you to every single one of you who has raised awareness within the series, to you, my friends who have read and learned about a new illness or disability. To date, your stories have been viewed 3,300 times! This may be small to some, but this is HUGE! More and more people are being educated about living with a variety of disabilities, each day, and that was the ultimate reason for this series.

Why I started the series

I wanted to break down the reasons as to why I started this series. As I said above, the overall aim is to raise awareness of as many disabilities and illnesses as possible. From my own experience, I didn’t know anyone at the time, locally or online, who had any of the disabilities that I have. I suffered for a long time with loneliness and I wouldn’t want anyone to feel isolated like I did.

So, if I can make a small difference by creating this series, a platform for you to share your experiences, and meet others alike, then I will continue to do so. Below are a few more reasons why I started the series.

Each person is different

Each condition has its own set of symptoms, however that doesn’t mean that 2 people with the same condition will have the same symptoms – it can affect each person differently. Also, a condition, for example: Ataxia or Muscular Dystrophy, can be used as an umbrella term and actually have many types.

Disabled doesn’t have a specific “look”

There’s a common misconception that people “look” disabled – is this because someone is a wheelchair user? If there were 10 people in a room, and 4 of them are either a wheelchair user or uses another mobility aid, would you automatically assume that those 4 people were disabled? For all we know, all of the people in the room, are disabled. This ties in with that not all disabilities and illnesses are visible.

It’s an assumption that I would like to tackle and get rid of.

Prevent isolation

Loneliness is a horrible, horrible aspect in life that it’s likely each person will experience this at least once in their life. But when you’re going through the diagnosis process, or have just been newly diagnosed, it’s common that no support is given – regarding who you can talk to, or if there any support groups, etc.

This then results in us feeling isolated and sometimes, a burden to those around us. We want our voices to be heard, and yet our loved ones sometimes do not understand the full impact of how much a disability or illness can have on us. I want this series to enable your voices to be heard, where nobody will judge you; only support you.

Finally, I just want to thank you all again for your continued support, to you who reach out to me and hope to raise awareness. You’re all superheroes!

If you would like to feature in ‘The Reality of…’ series, then please send an email to ami.hook.ireland@gmail.com or visit my contact page. Thank you!

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Hey fellow superheroes! I'm Ami, I'm 24 and I live in Norfolk, UK. On my blog, UndercoverSuperhero, I openly talk about my recovery journey which stemmed from being in hospital and a specialist neurological rehabilitation centre for 9 months. I talk about how I maintain a positive mindset whilst coming to terms with my disability. I love superheroes, so much so that my partner and I are having a superhero themed wedding! I generally like to talk about anything and everything on my blog, I also have an ongoing series called "The Reality of..." which allows readers and bloggers to raise awareness of the disabilities, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, impairments, that they live with as it is so important to raise awareness! Everybody has a voice! 💚

16 thoughts on “Why I Created ‘The Reality of…’ Series

  1. Hiya Ami,

    I found your blog quite by chance on a Reddit list last night (which my own blog is on too) and set my iPad VoiceOver to read it out to me- I was hooked! I love your honesty and openness and I was up til 3AM riveted by your story of living with your disabilities. I have Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus as well as eyesight difficulties for which I am registered blind (nystagmus, hemianopia plus bilatral squint and astigmatism). I’m a powerchair user from England but am in Spain. Congrats on your 50th entry-I would like to do a guest post on your blog. I’m a book, disability and lifestyle blogger (makeup, beauty clothes….).

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    1. Hi Katherine, I have received your email and will reply shortly 🙂 Thank you so much, I was unaware that I’m on Reddit – I hope it was a good list! 😂💚


  2. I’ve learned so much through this series about chronic illnesses/disabilities that aren’t always talked about – you’ve done such an amazing job creating it and I can’t wait to read more! Xx

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  3. I think it’s a fantastic series – I hadn’t realised 49 ‘episodes’ have already been done, that’s amazing! You do a great job of bringing people together, raising awareness, showing the reality behind the person and their diagnoses because as you say, there’s a lot more than meets the eye and there’s so, so much variation between each experience, even with the same condition. xx

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    1. Thanks Caz! I think the series is currently on its 47th… your guest post will be live not next week, but the week after 🙂 like I said, I don’t want anybody dealing with this process on their own, so if I can help find others alike then all is good 💚

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