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Dr Lin Berwick was born with cerebral palsy and lost her sight as a teenager. She tells Peter White about the way her mother dealt with being told her baby was a waste of everybody's time and that she should 'go home and forget about her'.

Lin has inherited her mother's determination that she should live a fulfilling and adventurous life and when she met her husband Ralph, she says her life 'really took off'.

Together, Lin and Ralph set up the Lin Berwick Trust, which provides accessible holiday accommodation for severely disabled people and their carers.

As well as being her husband, Ralph willingly acted as Lin's carer and they enjoyed a long and happy marriage until Ralph was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Lin describes her devastation at being told this news and, as a Methodist preacher, how she felt the need to cry out to God and demand why they had been dealt this cruel blow.

Deeply distressed by his condition, Ralph finally refused his medication and died shortly before this interview was recorded.

Producer: Cheryl Gabriel.

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Mon 5 Sep 2011 21:30