I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.
At the age of three, after my complete lack of talent at ballet became unignorably apparent to both my Mum and Teacher, due to my inability to avoid slaying my fellow taffita toting tots with my far from graceful but enthusiastic whirling, I was stripped of my tutu, hammered into a riding hard hat the size of a nut and driven to the local stables, where I was to spend every Saturday morning from then on. This is where my love affair with horses began...
"Man it was tough. At least with the handbike I could breath. It was literally like a pan fire... It was one of the toughest things I have done on wheels, either three or four." Alex Zanardi returned to Brands Hatch last weekend, the scene of his London 2012 Paralympic glory.
"Roses are red, violets are blue, I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you." Oscar Pistorius' voice trembled as he read out Reeva Steenkamp's Valentine's message to him at his murder trial today, following a gruelling five days of cross-examination by state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel.
Oscar Pistorius gave a heart-wrenching testimony at his murder trial in Pretoria today. The sports star was in clear emotional distress as he howled uncontrollably in the dock recalling Reeva's lifeless body just moments after he shot her.
It's not often I get emotional about sport and even less so that I would be congratulatory to a mate without taking the piss first but... What the athletes and the background and coaching teams have achieved is truly inspiring. A great result despite the obvious challenges posed by UK sports funding.
This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.
Although Downing Street has gone to great lengths to deny that Cameron is staging any kind of boycott, Bach clearly is far from convinced. "I always think if you don't have a dialogue, it's a missed opportunity."
At the moment, Rebecca Adlington is in the jungle but the reception she has got is a good show of the pressure athletes are under. Where the male athletes have women drooling over their six packs, I feel as a female athlete, you are constantly being judged on your body.
I have travelled back to Kampala for the final leg of my trip with Ade Adepitan to investigate what life is like for disabled people in Uganda. I was very excited about our main event - we were due to meet Uganda's own wheelchair paralympic hopefuls. I was really interested to hear how their training compares to Ade's and to see them in action on the court... It was heartening to hear their hopes for the future. I hope they make the grade. After the UK's own team, I certainly know who I am going to be rooting for.
I am passionate about disability issues and my trip highlighted to me how much more work we have to do in 2013 to keep them in the spotlight. Disabled people should not need or want for anything relating to their medical condition, especially the very basic things to help us through the day.
Today is Friday. Friday the 4th October 2013 to be precise. Exactly four weeks since we left a hotel in a windswept John O' Groats in the far north of Scotland to begin our journey. It was rainy and damp that morning and our spirits were high. Today is another day and another Friday. 1100 miles down the road and we have just rolled into Lands End.
It took black footballers almost thirty years to gain the same level of acceptance and parity in some quarters of society as Paralympians achieved in under a fortnight on the global stage. Of course this sudden, mainstream respect for disabled athletes must not mask the need for the movement to progress further.
Today, Thursday 5 September 2013, I embark on an unusual journey, which for me will also be a uniquely difficult challenge: I am going to travel the length of the UK, from John O'Groats to Land's End, in my electric wheelchair.
2020 may seem a long way off now, but you never know what talent your son or daughter may be harboring and what opportunities may arise. Why not go to the National Paralympic Day event in London, and give a Paralympic sport a try? It could be a momentous moment.
A year has passed since the Paralympic Games, and the good news is they've had a lasting positive impact on people's attitudes. Not only have they provided role models for disabled young people, Paralympic GB athletes have also helped break down stigma.