"I have a condition that would be best characterised as
intestinal failure. Leaving hospital, after six months as an inpatient and no
longer able to eat or drink, I was desperate to find someone whom I could
relate to regarding my condition. That is when I stumbled upon this book.
The author’s child, Tuffel, was born without a small bowel – meaning
that he has to be fed into his veins through a picc line (which is like a long
term cannula like you would get in hospital to have a drip through).
Having never met him or his mother, I gained a strong
affinity with his story and trials, a connection so strong I couldn’t quite
believe I only knew this family through these pages.
Evelyne reminds me of my own mum, who amidst the chaos going
on in our lives had the same strength and positivity shining through as had
been described in the chapters of this book.
I come from a very traditional and stoical background, and so
at first it was difficult for me to write about my experiences – but this book
was my first step towards granting myself the permission to write about this
subject and allowed me to recognise that you can write about the good as well
as the bad.
This mother and baby helped to make me feel comfortable in my
newly diagnosed skin.
I come back to It Takes Guts often, reminding me that love and humour are still important,
even in the darkest of situations."
poetry pamphlet, ‘Dear Body’ is published by Wayleave Press at the beginning of
2018. and has been described as “a moving and salutary poetry collection, the
poems precise and controlled, expressive without excess or sentimentality.” and
“written with an expressive cathartic tone, a unique and wit-ridden perspective
and a resilient refusal to be overcome.”
Hannah has also been published by Acumen, Poetry Salzburg,
Under the Radar magazine and has won many young poets network competitions,
with a range of my poems available on The Poetry Society website.
As well as visiting school to talk about alternative life
routes to university, especially for those experiencing health issues, Hannah
has run poetry workshops for The Reading Agency and has been blogger in
residence for he Kendal Poetry Festival and The Words by the Water.
Through her YouTube blog she acts as a patient advocate, hoping to give a window
in to what life is like as a young woman whose life has been drastically
changed, but not defined, by disability and Illness.
Link to YouTube blog: https://www.youtube.com/c/HannahHodgson
Link to site: https://hannahwritesablog.co.uk