Wallace Chapman interview

By Jane Tolerton In Television

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14th January, 2012
In his mid-twenties, Wallace Chapman existed in “a no man’s land … in a dark, dank flat in Dundas St, Dunedin, on a sickness benefit – getting up at midday, watching Emmerdale Farm, thinking ‘this is my life’.” He had done a degree in English and educational psychology. But he had Gaucher’s disease, a hereditary metabolic disorder whose major symptom is the wearing away of the bones. He was barely able to walk. Finally his flatmate, Richard Wain, who was working for student station Radio One, confronted him. “He said, ‘Okay mate, enough’s enough. I’m going ...

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