Book Review: Overcoming Big Obstacles by Bill and Jenifer Klein

Over coming big obstacles

Non fiction

Bestselling authors of Life Is Short (No Pun Intended) and stars of TLC’s The Little Couple return with an inspirational book that encourages us to reach for our dreams, no matter what obstacles we may face. (From Amazon)

My verdict:

This is a self help book filled with personal anecdotes – not my kind of thing this time round.


Book Review: Life is short by Bill and Jenifer Kline

Life is short

Non fiction

From the beloved stars of TLC’s The Little Couple comes an uplifting and moving behind-the-scenes account of how the pair met, fell in love, and overcame huge obstacles to become successful professionals and parents.

Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein have inspired millions as stars of TLC’s hit show The Little Couple. Though they both have dwarfism, they have knocked down every obstacle they have encountered together with a positive, can-do attitude. The show has featured the lives of Jennifer (a respected neonatologist) and Bill (a successful entrepreneur) from their marriage in 2009, to the launch of their pet shop, to the adoption of their children, to Jen’s overcoming cancer.

Now, for the first time Jen and Bill are letting readers into their private lives with behind-the-scenes, never-before-told stories about how they fell in love, what inspires them, and the passions that drive their success. They will open up about their struggles with cancer, infertility, adoption, and simply living life in a challenging world.

Jen and Bill have a simple purpose in life: make the world a better place through encouragement and education. A must-have for fans of the show or anyone who has ever faced a difficult obstacle, Life Is Short (No Pun Intended) gives readers a glance at what inspires these positive people to approach life with such optimism and share their lives with the public every day. (From Amazon)

My verdict:

I laughed, cried and sympathised throughout this whole book, I read it in a day! If you love The Little Couple, you’ll enjoy this book. It is a rollercoaster of emotions and as a family they’ve had their fair share of trials and tribulations and as a disabled person I identify with them. Thankfully to balance out the sad moments their are bursts of joy.


Today’s Tip: Staying cool in your wheelchair during the heat

  • We all know that the majority of wheelchair cushions are made of black right? This attracts heat. My advice is to put cool packs under your cushions and down your side supports. This will help and make you feel a little more comfortable.
  • Attach a an umbrella to your head rest.
  • when not using your chair, park it in the shade so that when you get back in it you don’t burn your bum on the cushion!
  • try and opt for a breathable mesh material – unlike vinyl you won’t stick to it as much.
  • attach a battery operated fan to your arm rest or control panel.
  • opt for loose clothing.
  • Don’t sit on your slings in your chair, it will make you sweat more.
  • attach a water bottle holder within reach so that you can stay hydrated.
  • Again insert cool packs into your splints if you wear them.

I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather, just make sure to stay sun safe 😊


Pelvic pain video is up!

Here’s my #pelvicpain update I promised… although, you have to take a detour to my #facebook: The Rachel Diaries to view the actual vlog: #cerebralpalsy

Pelvic Pain and Para Dance update

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well?

I decided to do something different today rather than write really really long paragraph about my pelvis and my para  dancing I decided to make you guys a little video. Don’t say don’t give you anything ..

You’ll have to go to my Facebook page The Rachel Diaries as it won’t upload here.. 😩

The Strictly Dragons need you!

Even in a morphine daze I have worked my arse off. This dance team and dance itself is my passion.

Don’t forget YOU’RE help is needed to get the first welsh para dance team, The Strictly Dragons to our first competition in October in Watford with Para Dance UK. Any donations big or small ARE appreciated.

Also if you want to see us strut our stuff join us at Blaenavon Dance on the Mountain Festival on the 21st of July, we’ll be performing our ‘Happy’ routine. Anyone has any media contacts please get in touch. We will soon be setting up a YouTube channel so you can see I will progress during dance rehearsals.

Also follow the BCDPclub on twitter for more updates – I’m trying to get people to support our cause as well as applying for a donations license.

But for now, it’s goodnight from me.

Pain episode

I feel like someone is pulling my pelvis apart like a turkey’s wish bone.

Last night I had to take a diazepam and I felt so guilty because I’m trying not to use painkillers but, their comes a time when it’s too much. I was supposed to go down another 75mg of pregablin but, it’ll have to wait until this pain episode passes.

Today I’m distracting myself by working on my fangirl instagram @small_town_fangirl_ which supports Zac Efron, Demi Lovato and, the Travolta’s – so go and check that out if you want. Don’t forget to follow my @rachdiaries Instagram and Twitter @the_r_diaries for all things disability related.

Here’s some tips on how I deal with a pain flare:

  1. Do my physio
  2. Use a hot water bottle/ heated blanket
  3. Painkillers as a last resort
  4. Sleep
  5. Distraction e.g: reading (currently reading The secret we’re keeping) If you like romance read my FREE novella, Carefree and Consequence.
  6. Blogging my frustrations/tweeting and talking with other sufferers.
  7. Lots of tea and cake
  8. A warm bath
  9. Not moving
  10. Scream/cry/ punch something

I hope I’m okay for dance on Thursday because I need to work on my solo to Demi Lovato’s Skyscraper and we need to work on our group piece. Cripple club is so much fun!

Ugh. I hate pain days. Luckily, I’m with a new care company and they are so much better than the last lot, so much more positive and competent. Can you believe my last care company would make me sleep on a hard sling in bed?! As well as rushing me on the toilet, walking into my house using the key safe when we cancelled calls, even leaving the front door open (the dogs escaped!) and even scalding my ankles with a hot water bottle! Thank god I’m finally rid of them!

Even if i just go for a walk for an hour today then that’s fine by me. I know my limits.

Rant over. I love how blogging is so cathartic 😉

Hope these tips help!

Love Rach x