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Undercover Superhero Ami tells it like it is

Undercover Superhero, Ami Ireland, is a long time blogger that I deeply admire. They have honed their craft to perfection and are kicking ass and taking names while making it look absolutely effortless. I cannot imagine having that much talent and skill and poise in such competitive field.

Please introduce yourself to cosmicTaryn readers

Hello! I’m Ami, and I’m from Norfolk, UK. I am disabled due to Sensory Ataxia, Transverse Myelitis, hearing loss and central vision loss… and a few other things. I’m married to Ewan and a mummy to Daisy. I love all things Marvel and Loki… and Tom Hiddleston.

What inspired you to start your blog?

When I wrote my first ever guest post for Scope, a UK disability charity, sharing my experiences of volunteering for their online community and how it helped me on my journey to recovery, I was blown away with all the feedback I received and thought about creating a blog where I could share my recovery story. Still writing and blogging nearly 3 years on.

What do you think has been your most successful post? Why do you think it was appealing?

Aside from several of the guest posts in my blog series that are popular, I think my most popular post would have to be when I announced the arrival of our ‘Little Avenger’, Daisy. Everybody loves newborn baby photos, right?

Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?

I’ve met loads of interesting people within the blogging community – too many to reel off but I would love to meet them in person too. I met Hannah, from Hannah’s Hope, when we completed the Superhero Tri 2019 together, I remember admitting to her that it felt like I had met someone famous as all I had ever seen her featured in was news articles, blogs, and in the news raising awareness, even though we got to know each other on Twitter, it was still a pinch me moment when I met her in-person.

Undercover Superhero, Ami sitting in wheelchair outside on a nice sunny day.
Undercover Superhero, Ami

What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

The technical side of blogging, like CSS, and HTML. I just can’t seem to understand it and it really frustrates me.

How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my blog other than share my story initially, and it’s turned into something bigger than that and I’d hate to take away what it has evolved into.

What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?

I’m going to be very cliché here, but I have to say Daisy. I’m beyond grateful to be her mummy and after everything I went through, she is our miracle. She is the best and I love her so damn much. Daisy is perfect to me.

Can you tell me about some of the important people in your life?

Obviously Daisy, my daughter. She is cheeky, adorable, funny and a really happy baby, she’s taught me to enjoy the little things, to smile and laugh more. Ewan, my husband, we’ve been together for almost 8 years and we’ve had a heck of a ride. Albeit he annoys me, and we bicker a lot when we’re both tired and frustrated, we do love each other and I’m forever grateful that he has stuck by me through everything, he is my rock.

My mum, she’s saved me quite a few times throughout my life, I could write a book as to why she is so special to me. When I was critically ill in ICU, battling with double pneumonia, she would visit me every single day and wouldn’t leave my side because the odds were against me. Every time I write about this part, it makes me emotional so I will leave it there.

I want to ask about disability, but I’m afraid to say the wrong thing. How can I start a conversation without offending the person?

It’s different for every disabled people as some don’t mind answering questions/talking about their disability, whereas others find it invasive, more so when questions come from strangers. Get to know someone first, their sense of humour, what they enjoy, etc. Like I said, it is different for every disabled person, but for me personally, I wouldn’t want someone to delve into the questions straight away, I’d want to know if they enjoy a bit of banter and things like that.

Are there terms to avoid when speaking about disability? What is the best resource to find out more about this?

I would say Twitter is the best place to find out what terms disabled people prefer. One thing to remember is not every disabled person prefers a specific term. Overtime, you will recognize general times, for instance, it’s safe to say that the disabled community strongly dislike the term ‘wheelchair-bound’, and instead we prefer ‘wheelchair user’. Terminology is always a popular topic on Twitter.

Off the top of your head, who would you give a shout out to on Twitter?

First person to come to mind was Amy, from Sassy Cat Lady (@Amy_May_J on Twitter)

Care to share what you will be working on next?

I’m currently in the process of switching to self-hosted, so that I can hone in on the content that I want to focus on, I’m really looking forward to taking this next step with my blog and see where it leads to!

Is there a way for your fans to connect with you?

Fans makes me sound famous! You can find me on my blog, Undercover Superhero, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I love having a natter and a bit of banter so feel free to send me a message!

Ami is being very modest. Besides running a very successful blog, she also appears on the cover of Paranting magazine.

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