One of the most difficult aspects of living with facial disfigurement is the constant fear that people are staring at you. And they are… then again they may not be. The main point is that your ability to lead a social life is dominated and inhibited by YOUR perception that others will stare at you once you step outside your front door. I have lived … Continue reading Stop staring at me, please
There are precious few photos of me as a child before the accident. The original is not much bigger than a postage stamp, so we had it restored and enlarged. It lay forgotten until I started this blog so I thought of sharing it with you. The date on the back is 1954, It’s not the only photo and I plan to add more media … Continue reading A lost face: What I looked like before the accident
For about two and a held years after my accident, which occurred in 1956, I was a patient at Cork’s South Infirmary. I have no photographs of the time I stayed there. I know at least one exists because some years ago a woman who recognised me on the street said she had been a student nurse there and had taken a picture, but I … Continue reading Can you help me find hospital photo?
Ok, you may know one of these things, but there are strange coincidences that seem to stalk me throughout my life – especially when it comes to numbers. For those who love numbers and dates why do the numbers 2 and 22 follow me throughout my life? I confess I didn’t really take much notice of it until I got married. After that the number … Continue reading 8 things you may not know about me
Hard to believe that just one week ago today I launched Hickey’s World. Yesterday I spoke about the reaction. Next Wednesday you can hear me live on national radio where I will talk about my life coping with facial disfigurement, and why I launched the blog. More details soon. The same day the Irish Examiner will run a longer version of the blog that really … Continue reading Hickey’s World makes waves in just one week
I wrote about facial disfigurement on this blog last Saturday. I expected a response, a few words of encouragement, an “I never knew that” comment from others who thought they knew me. So when the reaction came it really stunned me. So many, many comments that trying to juggle Twitter, Facebook and the blog to respond as honestly as I could eventually became too much. … Continue reading Facial disfigurement blog: An update
I was at a gala dinner, and finding myself next to a reporter’s wife I was suddenly struck dumb. Thinking hard I noticed the telltale bump and so with the best smile I could muster I asked the obvious question – when’s the baby? No pregnancy, no baby. She had just put on some weight. Oops. Double gaffe. Let’s just say I’m still waiting for … Continue reading Bury me please, I’ll skip the burning