Helen’s Story

The Disabilities Trust


From The Disabilities Trust.


Helen is 36 and lives at Jane Percy House, the Trust’s service for people with physical disabilities in Northumberland. She has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) a neurological condition affecting the central nervous system which causes long-term, disabling, fatigue, pain and restricted mobility which started after a viral infection in 2015.

Before M.E. Helen was a successful litigator who kept busy in her spare time with dancing, swimming, exercise classes and cheer-leading competitions as well as singing in a gospel choir and attending church. Helen said that she didn’t know anybody who was disabled or used a wheelchair before she came to the centre so, understandably, she was very emotional when she was first admitted and spent a lot of time in her room.

Staff at Jane Percy House have helped Helen by increasing her independence and encouraging her to make new friends, to the extent that she now feels part of the family there. They have also helped her come to terms with her condition and realise there is life after disability.


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