DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

The Notebook of a Neckbreather

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Alex Steward

About Me

Hi, My name is Alex, If you check out my social media, you will see ‘neck breather’ in my bio and it is there for a reason. That reason is not just to confuse people, which trust me it has, I’ve received so many messages asking me what I’m going on about. In a way, this was my goal, the more people who know what it means the better.

What is a Neckbreather?

What does it mean I hear you ask? When I was born my airway collapsed, as a result I am unable to breathe through my mouth or nose. So I have a tracheostomy. This is just one part of my disability, I also have scoliosis and had a spinal fusion when I was 6 years old. In addition, I am hard of hearing and a wheelchair user outside of the house.

The importance of living a normal a life

Despite my medical problems, I have always worked hard to have a successful life. I am lucky enough to have friends and family who support me in trying to lead a normal a life as possible.

Last year I graduated from Derby Law School with a 2:1 Law Degree and I am currently studying the Legal Practice Course. I hope to one day practice as a solicitor in either employment or family law.

Outside of law, my life is fairly normal. I am a big Derby County fan, myself and my Dad are season ticket holders and often go to away matches together. In addition, I am a big animal lover, if I was unable to work in the legal profession one day, I would love to work with animals and/or in animal rights.

How I help others

I have recently started my own blog to share my story. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, but I’ve just never had the confidence to do so. Over the past few years I have met some amazing people online who have similar disabilities to myself and reading their stories has helped me. If I can help just one person realise even us disabled folks can nail life, then it will be worth it.

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