EQUESTRIAN: AN equestrian champion suffering from a rare disability has launched a book about her turbulent life this week.
Pauline Pearce, 49, of Kingsley, who was demonised by professionals when her condition was mistaken for a psychiatric problem, launched her e-book Full Circle in Liverpool.
It tells of her battle against cervical dystonia, a condition which prevents the neck from supporting itself.
In the early 1970s Pauline's condition was mistaken for a psychiatric problem. She was placed on powerful medication and sent to a Victorian mental asylum.
Her neck problem improved after her release but she resorted to alcohol or Codeine-based painkillers when her Valium was taken away.
Pauline, of Beech View Road, was treated at Altrincham's Priory Clinic and is now an NHS counsellor herself.
Her story, which will also soon be on bookshop shelves, was launched by London-based Chipmunka Publishing at the Glaxo Neurological Centre, during National Dystonia Awareness Week.
Pauline, a national equestrian champion with the Riding For The Disabled Association, has also just returned from hosting a series of workshops, focusing on relaxation and building self-confidence on the P&O cruise ship The Arcadiain in the Mediterranean.
A copy of Full Circle is available from www.chipmunka publishing.com at a price of £5.