Apart from my other afflictions not many people know that I also suffer from Ataxia, or even know what it is. I carry the card of explanation with me at all times. And that’s why I gave up metal detecting. I often appear drunk to other people. You can check out the condition in more detail by clicking on the name.
But it isn’t myself that I want to talk about. My aim is to tell you more about ataxia through the experience of others. Like Fred Finch, the Shaky Chef! His story is not only insightful, but also informative and learning about the condition may contain useful information for some detectorists.
My recent edition off the Ataxia magazine arrived and I was pleased to read not only about Fred, but there was also an inspiring article about a friend of mine who had been dealing with depression. Coffee time!
Fred tells us that since his initial diagnosis he went through many stages whilst coming to terms with his condition, and mentions all the high and low points dealing with depression and hopelessness.
The turning point came when he broke an ankle and that gave him time to think what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He decided that he wanted to raise awareness of what he calls his ‘wonderful condition’, and started a website myshakylife.com, a blog, took out a Twitter account and posted on Instagram.
Cooking has always been a passion of his, made him happy over the years and he has always wanted to be a chef. Recently he wrote his first cookbook.
Fred says,”When I cook, I feel as if I have total control over what I’m doing, whereas I don’t always feel like that when living with this condition.”
If you would like to buy the book you can search for it on Amazon, where it’s available to buy or just download. Just search on The Shaky Cookbook.
It has always been my dream to be a chef but due to my disability I have been presented with a few obstacles that stand between me and achieving this dream. In this book I will share some of the tricks i use in the kitchen to help me cook, as well as some of my favourite meals and hopefully I can inspire people, whether they share my disability or just love good food, to go and cook up a storm.