About Dean Thorpe: Health and happiness
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!!!
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!
This is me / Dean Thorpe at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, just after having heart surgery to fit stents to fix two severe blockages
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) / BPD (Borderline 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 suffer with Gender Dysphoria (formerly Gender Identity Disorder), more about that on multiple pages of this site!