I met Hannah Ensor, creative talent behind Stickman Communications, after the Occupational Therapy show in November 2014.
When I see a fellow mobility scooter rider or person in a wheelchair then we often we exchange knowing glances and usually say hello. On this occasion we were both at a railway station waiting to make our way back home. This time after the initial hello a casual conversation started. My train arrived and before parting we went through the ritual of exchanging business cards.
Regardless of disability
I had never heard of Hannah Ensor or seen her Stickman pictures about disabled people. I looked up her details using Google, the pictures struck a chord with me. I am sure this will also apply to many other disabled people.
Since 2010, Hannah Ensor has been the creative talent behind Stickman Communications – taking the world of disability away from hospitals and political correctness, and into real life; opening the lines of communication, understanding and acceptance, using humour, insight, and stickmen. Her quirky but accurate cartoons have made her an internet sensation, popular with people of all ages; both with and without disabilities.
Hannah’s background is in science [a 1st Class BSc (Hons) Environmental Health and 6 years work until being medically retired in 2010, age 24], but her talent for drawing stickmen was a chance discovery during a hospital stay which grew into a career that works perfectly around her Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (being far too bendy and falling apart) and Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (a tap-dancing heart and appearing drunk without alcohol). Hannah sees her own disabilities as ‘a different normal’ and her zest for life spills out into all her work – whether drawing stickmen, giving lectures, blogging life’s adventures, fundraising for and working with charities (She is Patron of the Hypermobility Syndromes Association), chatting on the train, or freewheeling at speed down any available ramp.
I have to admit that I know nothing about her two illnesses, Ehlers Danlos syndrome or Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. Its seems as if neither are curable so her life is not a bed of roses.
Take a look at the “you know you have…” series of cartoon books, she has a fantastic gift. The books are a great laugh for those who really do know the disabilities as well as entertaining and enlightening for those don’t know. She makes you feel positive even if disabled by using simple stories and simple illustrations using stickmen.
Like so many people with disabilities shr has a determination to continue with life and get as much out of it as possible. She very kindly supplied me with these two cartoons. If you would like to know more about her then click on the images or just here instead. I know its too late for Christmas, if nothing else I hope they bring a smile to your face.