As you may have by now gathered my name is Jemma A.H. Brown and this is my website, I am a freelance writer and BA (hons) Journalism student.
So who am I and why do I need a website?
I am a journalism student at Southampton Solent University, so far I have worked with BBC Radio 4 and the BBC Ouch! website (and a few other charities and organisations on the way)
I’m a blogger at heart! Blogging is how I started to get into journalism and writing, for me blogging came to me in a time in my life when I had very little direction and it gave me the boost I needed to believe in my writing ability, something I still struggle with today to an extent. Blogging has got me through some tough times and will remain to be something I am passionate about.
…And the rest of my life?
I’m 20 and spend my time between living in my halls of residence in Southampton and the family home in Gosport, I have a wonderful Guide Dog called Gus. (His full name being Gustov, but you can’t shout that in a park now can you?)
When I’m not writing, blogging or working I have many passions…
I play VI cricket for Hampshire and enjoy playing most sports, although I must confess that I have almost not talent in this area, I do it for fun so it is not a problem. I enjoy walking, hiking and camping, which is possibly something to do with the fact that I am a Guide leader. I also adore shopping, and going to the local independent pub for a few drinks with my mates, I do NOT do clubbing!
Now for the disability bit, as previously mentioned I have a guide dog called Gus, BUT I’m NOT BLIND! I am in fact partially sighted. I don’t want to give you a full account of all my eye conditions here because I have quite a few and we would be here a very long time. The most significant of the eye diseases would be Glaucoma, Photophobia, nystagmas and Sub-Macular Hemorrhage, but I have a few more.
So I’m partially sighted, visually impaired, a bit blind, blinder than your average human being – whatever you want to call it it’s a disability I live with and have lived with every day of my life, and it’s not going to get any better — that’s life!
That’s not all however oh no I am more disabled than that you know! I also have Hypermobility Syndrome which is a connective tissue disorder, lots of my joints are very weak and have a larger than average range of movement. To run along side that I also have tibial torsion, basically the bones in the front of my legs are all twisted and not aligned correctly so I have issues with the straightness of my pelvis and back.
Gosh I sound like I am falling apart, just take this out of all those words, my eyes are not to great and I sometimes hobble around like an old woman saying phrases like “ooo my hip” and a certain degree of crunching sounds coming from my joints — it’s not the end of the world.
I’ve also spent a fair amount of time negotiating the NHS mental health system thanks to some fantastic bouts of Depression and associated issues.
While you’re here don’t forget to check out my CV.