Category: personal

So Jen, what’s the scariest part of adjusting to life with no functional feet? Is it giving up spontaneous dancing in the supermarket? Is it injecting your own squeamish self with blood thinners daily so that you don’t, you know, clot? Is it not being able to duck the toilet quickly without anyone noticing but instead, having an entourage heralding the breaking of the bladder with a trumpet call? Why no, my dear friends. All of this is grist for my memoirs… …the truly terrifying part is the realisation that you’re going to have next to no income for the…

  I have a song in An Unexpected Variety Show called “Real Love” which has lyrics like: “Will you love me when I’m in a sick old hag, and I’ve traded my Gucci for a bladder bag?” It was inspired by reading about a couple, the woman of which had been in a terrible car accident and how her husband had been so incredible becoming her carer. That, I remember thinking, is real love. When I was caring for Mum, I would berate her often about her unwillingness to ask me for help. She would wait and wait and wait…

On Boxing Day, I finally, for the first time ever, watched “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Oh my Bowie. I loved it. I related to it. I guess you could say I responded to it in exactly the same way in which I was supposed to. The idea of feeling like a failure, like you’ve never managed to leave the place you were planted, never been able to achieve whatever it was in life you thought you could have…only to realise that all of the beautiful parts of your life were right in front of you all along. It’s so cheesy…

I spent the countdown to New Years’ Eve sitting on the hill in the amphitheatre at Woodford Folk Festival, bawling my eyes out while giving 2014 the finger. After the shite-pile that was last year for my family – death, divorce, two interstate moves and severe declines in mental illness – it really did seem that entering this new year, the only way was up. And you know what? I really think it was. In 2015, I: fell even more utterly and completely head over heels in love with a truly brilliant and wonderful human; became a Clown Doctor in…