Ken and Jen Dykes are happily married couple, with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is the condition, where brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen, before or after birth. Ken has 24 hours support, Jen has her support hours. Both of them have carved a fulfilling life in their community. Ken uses alphabet board to communicate his thoughts as it is difficult for him to talk. He talks through a computer, however he says he is better than the computer as his head does the thinking.
They have jointly written a book called “Don’t give up” and the proceeds from sale of the book goes to a charity for disabled. Ken is also a member of local football club; he often attends training session as twenty third member of the team. The local football club, AFC Bournemouth holds charity match with groups chosen by Ken. Jen likes to relax at home away from football, relaxing at home, chitchatting with her support staff and often answering telephones and making shopping list like a lady of the house. Ken also gave a talk on local FM channel. Ken and Jen like to go to Church, and they got married in viewpoint community church. Initially it was a challenge as Ken couldn’t talk, but with motivation and love of each other, they made their dream come true. Ken is hopeful about God’s wishes and happy about their life and they are making future plans to bring in new members to their family.
Life of Ken and Jen was featured in a documentary by student of Bournemouth University. Here is a part of that documentary:
Commentary by Mohua Chatterjee -
I chose this story, because it gives me hope, irrespective of my situation. When we think of a person with disability, we often tend to think of the loneliness associated with the condition. When I watched their real life story in you tube, I thought how loving and happy could a couple get, no matter how. I really cried when I saw how happy they were!