Author: Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves

Laptop Bans are Academic Ableism

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — When I was 17, I sat the last exam that I would ever complete by hand. In the timetable of Caroline’s pinpoint-able …

High Femme In High Heels

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. — Maybe I watch too much TV. Maybe my fashion sense is too much influenced by 1950s pin-up girls. Maybe I was …

Toxic Masculinity and the Beautiful Game

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence and toxic masculinity. — As the Men’s Football World Cup final approaches, I urge you to cast your mind back to two years ago in the Men’s Football Euro Cup final: to one of the biggest names in football — Cristiano Ronaldo — who took a …

When Falling Over Gets You Down

The CHRONICles is a fortnightly column by Caroline Marie McDonagh-Delves and Rachel Charlton-Dailey discussing life with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability. Content warning: this column will regularly discuss ableism and topics relating to disability. – I am envious of small children. Not just because they don’t have to work or pay bills and …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Two Generations of Fibromyalgia

In 1992, 23 year old Sharon McDonagh-Delves gave birth to a baby girl – me. Three months later, following some investigation that started while she was pregnant, her blood test for rheumatoid factor came back positive and she began being treated for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), a condition which explained …

Cruelty Free: One Step at a Time

A little under three years ago, I pledged that the only cruelty involved in my make up bag would be the tweezers I use to pluck my eyebrows (OUCH!) I even ditched the eyelash curlers, because, let’s face it, those things are f*cking terrifying. See, I started taking make up …

My Rebellious Tattoo for my Badass Nan

My Nan was the good old fashioned Scouse matriarch of the family. What she said was law, you did as you were told. She was also a total badass. Many of my friends have had the joy of hearing about the time a stoner was starting on her in the …

DWP Use Gym Footage to Punish Disabled People

If you’ve ever claimed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), formerly known as Incapacity Benefit, or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you’re probably familiar with the way that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) operate around disabled people, and those unable to work. ATOS …