Channel 4 Behind the Scars.

Channel 4 Behind the Scars.

Hi guys,

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Samanta Bullock portrayed by Sophie Mayanne

The ‘Behind the Scars’ project continues to grow.  There will soon be a photo shoot in New York. In London, I gave an interview for Channel 4 and I would love to share with you some of the stories and behind the scenes action. The photographer Sophie Mayanne does not alter the photos in post-production.

It was great to be involved in this initiative alongside Kelly Jackson, Deborah James and Michele Elman all of whom appear in the video. Kelly sums up her feelings by saying  ‘I just want to show other people that it is not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed by.’

As Michele said ‘I would love to see a scarred princess,’ as scars are normally associated with villains.  Thanks to Sophie  for such an exciting initiative…’scarred not scared.’

You can follow all of us on Instagram: Deborah James (@bowelbabe), Michele Elman (@scarrednotscared), Kelly Jackson (@kellys_smile), Sophie Mayanne (@sophiemayanne & @behindthescars_) & Samanta Bullock (@samabullock).

If you had a scar would you consider to take pictures like these?

Best wishes

Sam x

5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry

5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry

Hi Everyone.

samanta bullock infection wheelchair model 5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry
5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry

Unfortunately, bladder or urinary tract infections are common for people with a spinal cord injury so I have made this video to share a few of the things that I do to try and minimize the chances of infection. I conclude the video by giving a tip on how to treat a bladder infection naturally.  I hope you enjoy the video and I look forward to your comments and questions.

If you have any ideas about the videos you would like me to make linked to inclusive fashion and my lifestyle please let me know in the comments below the video.

Warm wishes

Sam x

Four Different Hats to Give you Four Different Looks

Four Different Hats to Give you Four Different Looks

When it comes to beauty, the majority of people will tell you that hair is a significant component. So, you could assume that wearing a hat would hinder your overall look. But, in actual fact, something that covers your head can actually enhance your appearance, as well as serve more practical purposes. Nowadays, there is an endless variety of hats to choose from, so you’re bound to find one that suits you, no matter how introvert or extrovert your style is.

However, today I’m going to focus on providing you with four different hats to give you four different looks. They’re all going to be extremely popular pieces of headwear, and all of them could look amazing depending on the scenario. Anyway, here they are…

Fedora

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Fedora

The wonderful thing about a fedora is the fact that it’s incredibly versatile. All you have to do is alter your clothing and footwear, and a fedora could look gorgeous in spring, summer, autumn or winter. For instance, if you harmonized one with a trench coat, jeans, and a jumper, it would work brilliantly in the lower temperatures. But, if you used one to top off a maxi dress and some sandals, you’d be well dressed for when the sun comes out.

 

Cadet Cap

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Cadet Cap

I personally feel that when cadet caps are involved, it ultimately comes down to the hairstyle that you provide as to what look you’ll achieve. So, if you have long hair like me, then you could let it flow behind the ears. But, if you have shorter hair, then why not frizz it up and go for the covered-ears look?

However, it also depends on the weather, like with any hat. If you cover the ears and go for a large coat and some well-fitted jeans, then it would go nicely in the winter or spring. Alternatively, a light top and a skater skirt would work stylishly in the summer.

Beanie Hat

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Beanie

When it comes to those bitterly cold winter months, beanies are going to be the perfect option. Now, although you’re mainly going to be worrying about keeping your head warm, they can also complement the rest of your attire. I personally love the cashmere beanies from Everlane or Uniqlo. But, I also appreciate the stylish qualities that those colorful knitted ones or those with pom-poms can offer.

There are a few different ways to wear a beanie, but for women, I love the idea of pulling it partially over the ears and forehead and letting the hair flow freely out of it. This way, you can combine both style and functionality.

Flat Cap

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Flat Cap

With the flat cap, you can be flexible with what you’re trying to go for. By this I mean, if you want to match it with your professional attire, then you could keep the cap forward and straight like you can see above. But, if you want to follow the trends and amp up your style at the weekend, then implement a slight tilt. For women, that’s usually to the left, but try to go with what direction your hair is naturally flowing.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, it would be great to know which hat you like most. Please leave a comment below!

Warm wishes

Sam x

How Disabled People Drive?

How Disabled People Drive?

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Disabled People Driving

I am often asked how I drive a car. I guess it is easy to assume that if I don’t have use of my legs then I am unable to accelerate, brake and change gear.  Having an automatic vehicle solves changing gear.   Braking and accelerating are made possible by the installation of a set of hand controls, which allow me to operate the medals with my hands.  Hand controls are a set of levers attached to the steering column and the pedals.  I push down on the hand controls to brake and pull up to accelerate.  To assist with steering I have a ‘steering ball’ attached to the steering wheel that aids enable steering with one hand whilst operating the hand controls.

I transfer from my wheelchair to the driver’s seats by putting my hands on the top of the open door and the top of the car.  I grab handle in the car can be useful but our current car does not have one. Once in the car I take the wheels of my wheelchair and put them behind the front seats.  I then recline the driver’s seat a little and swing the frame of the wheelchair across my body and place it on the passengers’ seat.  For safety, I use the safety belt in the wheelchair.

This is how I transfer and drive.  Almost any vehicle can be adapted and other people will have different solutions to enable them to drive.

Modifications that can be made to a car include:

  • hand controls for braking and accelerating
  • steering aids
  • clutch conversions
  • seat belt modifications or harnesses
  • special seating
  • wheelchair stowage equipment

In the UK the ‘Motability Scheme’ provides an affordable way for disabled people to lease a car: https://www.motability.co.uk

Mobility is important as it provides independence and gives disabled people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, it would be great to know if you have any different methods to drive. If you do, please leave a comment below!

Warm wishes

Sam x