‘What if my kids are scared of me?’: Alex Brooker on life as a disabled dad – The Guardian

Alex Brooker: ‘Joking about disability can be a celebration of it, too.’ Photograph: Stuart Wood/BBC/Wonder TV

Last year, Alex Brooker was swimming in the cold waters of Lake Windermere, struggling to reach the shore. The comic and TV presenter began to hyperventilate and cry behind his goggles. “I can’t do it,” he pleaded repeatedly as he thrashed around. “I felt extremely disabled for the first time in as long as I can remember because my body just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to,” he says over the phone from his home in London.

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