About Dean Thorpe:Health and happiness
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My physical health
I am physically Disabled (But still fighting it!), I have been like that ever since being hit by a car when I was just 17. I do have a wheelchair that I use when I really need to, most days I can just about get around using my crutches or my walker and on worse days I just normally stay in and rest my body. I am currently waiting for BOTH hips to be replaced, this won't fix me, but should at least improve my quality of life. No idea when this will happen as they say I am not bad enough yet, my pain levels do not agree!!!
I am due for more heart surgery in January 2020 as the operation in July 2019 only helped in the short run and they think the stents could be blocked or I might need more stents or a heart bypass.
Can I walk without crutches? Yes, most days I can! but only a few feet before I would fall flat on my face or at least be in agony! :'( On good days I can get around pretty well short distances on the crutches, but I do have many bad days when I can't even get out of the flat :(
I am a type 2 Diabetic (Too much sweet stuff when I was younger), it's more controlled now than it used to be, but that took years of lots of meds including daily injections of insulin.
I also have pretty serious Thyroid problems, Asthma etc. . . . basically if I was a horse I would have been put down years ago!
July 2019 - In hospital
This is me / Dean Thorpe at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, just after having keyhole heart surgery to fit stents to fix two severe blockages
September 2013 - Crutches
Standing in his friend Caroline Macey's art studio Dean Thorpe couldn't resist a quick selfie in a big mirror, Dean avoids full length photos of himself most of the time, as he doesn't like his crutches in the photo, but can only walk a few steps without them
My mental health
I have been officially diagnosed with EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder)
I have been asked by multiple experts how old I was when my Autism Spectrum Disorder (a type that used to be called Asperger's Syndrome to be specific) was diagnosed. It never has been, but I have more than enough labels already, so despite also being very sure that I am in no hurry to get an official diagnosis! I also think I have PTSD, OCD and a few other issues going on in my head
I also suffer with Gender Dysphoria (formerly Gender Identity Disorder), more about that on multiple pages of this site!