About Me

Danni is lying in bed, on a penguin cushion. They have very pale white skin and blue eyes. They are wearing purple glasses, a rainbow turban, a penguin headband-type headphones, a purple top saying "The future is accessible"in whire writing and a silver necklace with a wedding ring. They have a grey baby emperor penguin on their shoulder and are smiling.

(Last updated 24th April 2020)

Name: Danni Dominie Brennand
Nicknames: Dannilion, Danni-long-legs, Purple Penguin
Age: 33
Gender: None (Genderless)
Pronouns: They/them (but I’m also okay with she/her or any others except it)
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
Wife: Izzy Brennand (previously called Johan or John)
Daughter: Samantha (Sammie), lives with grandparents
Siblings: Rebecca (Becca), Megan (Meggy), Martin
Location: Gateshead, England
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Favourite animal: Penguins
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite book genres: Sci fi, children’s, young adult, dystopian, non fiction
Current favourite TV shows: Star Trek, Doctor Who, Steven Universe, Black Mirror, The Good Place, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,  Great British Bake Off, Nailed It
Favourite film genres: Sci fi, children’s, action, drama, documentary
Current favourite PC games: World of Warcraft, Minecraft, The Sims 4, Stardew Valley
Current favourite tablet games: Neko Atsume, Godville, Penguin Isle, Happy Colour, Merge Dragons, I Love Hue, Flow Free, Simple Solitaire Collection, Whispers of a Machine
Favourite activities: Talking to Sammie, talking to Izzy, going on my computer, reading, playing games, talking to people on Twitter, watching YouTube, getting out of bed
Favourite foods: Banana, chocolate, chicken and sweet potato
Most disliked foods: peanuts, nuts in general, mashed potato
Conditions: Autism, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), IBS, dyspraxia, anxiety and other little things related to the other conditions
Favourite equipment: Tablet for communication and entertainment, wheelchair for mobility, hoist for enabling me to get out of bed
Favourite traits: Lack of embarrassment regarding nudity (useful when needing personal care), super hearing, flapping, memory for random stuff, obsessions
Least favourite traits: Super hearing, fainting when sitting upright or attempting to stand, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, pain, memory issues
Normal location: In bed
Normal clothing: T-shirt, fleecy pyjama top cut through the back, pyjamas
Obsessions: Penguins, reading, computing
Current bed penguins: Isabella and Nicky (both microwaveable), Purple Penguin, Poseidon
Other notable penguins: Penelope, Penguin and Primrose (retired microwaveable penguins), Pandora, Poppy, Phillip, Erica, Patricia (Izzy’s penguin)
Other notable soft toys: Brightwing (Fairie Dragon); Lurky, Murky, Lil’ Murk-eye (Murlocs); Alex and Katie (teddies); Oggie (Dog); Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Pinky Pie (Ponies)

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Greetings! I found you through No Poster Girl. I have ME, and I have a lot of Aspie traits. I live in Seattle, WA, but my husband is a Londoner born and raised. I have a 9yo daughter from a previous relationship who live with us, and she has Atypical Williams Syndrome. This parenting thing is HARD!

    I tried to sign up for email, but got an error message for your subscription. You might want to look into that.

    I look forward to reading back through your blog, and will comment sporadically.

    Cheers!

  2. Just seen your blogg for first time not really into them Twitter and Facebook more my thing but had to read yours hope you feel better I can’t imagine how anyone copes the way you do hat off to you great that you write about it so openly awareness is key keep smiling

  3. Hi Danni / Johan

    i was looking thro your blog and i saw where you mentioned having to explain things over and over in a care home. the greater manchester neurological alliance have a document you can fill out to help communicate your needs

    this might help someone

  4. Hi Danni. I found your blog mistake via twitter, I don’t have M.E, but I do have dyspraxia (with abit of dyslexia/dyscalculia thrown in for fun!) but that’s nothing compared to what you are dealing with right now. So I just wanted to send you my best wishes say that I think you are incredibly brave and strong. I hope you start feeling better soon. All the best Anna x

  5. Hello Danni I found you when I googled “what is the difference between M.E. and depression” I have severe M.E. and was in one of those tormenting ludicrous faulty thinking episodes that you describe so well which come with relapse and improve with rest I’m too exhausted to type more but I wanted to let you know how much your blog helped me I felt like I wrote it myself I’ve never done this before so here goes God bless you wee pet I will pray for you during my rosaries granny Annie x

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