Having a second child after your first was born with a syndrome affecting his life and his immediate family’s felt like a gamble. Your presumptions and hopes are automatically skewed, altered by a traumatic experience you can’t ever forget and a probability no one saw coming. Will we be surprised again? Surely something will go … Continue reading Love, Uninterrupted
On World Down’s Syndrome Day, where we all as a global community raise awareness, fly the flag and beat down perceptions, I think it is really important to be honest and portray the bumps in the road as well as the path itself. I’ve always said that if I was back in that hospital room … Continue reading It’s going to be a big year (part 2): tears, fears and some bare-faced reality
With 2018 in the shadows, and me not being very active on the blogging side of things (no excuses as I have the easiest little boy), it really is time I got myself writing and reflecting again. New year, new kick up the butt! Significant moments from last year were moving from a flat to … Continue reading It’s going to be a big year (part 1)
Again: I've been too busy enjoying being a mum to Theo to write my blog regularly - seriously: I cannot get over how fabulous being Theo's mum is - but this week I was approached by the Press Association to pen a piece entitled Seven things no one tells you about being a mum of a … Continue reading Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
I was emailed by a mother towards the end of last year who had just received a diagnosis. It plunges a new mum and her family into unfamiliar, frightening territory which robs us of so much at a time when everyone else with a new baby seems to be celebrating. I composed the following piece for her but thought with the turn of the year, the NIPT testing being rolled out and her original email still very much on my mind, I should share it. (I have changed the name of her little boy)
Over the summer I was approached to participate in Abortion on Trial, a programme the BBC wanted to make as the law is 50 years old. I agreed straight away which may have seemed like an odd decision at first. But I saw it as an opportunity on mainstream TV to speak up about the startlingly normal … Continue reading The hardest choice of all..
So that's summer over and I've not been making hay whilst the sun shone: I have never left it this long to pen a blog piece. Perhaps it's because I'm immersed in all that is motherhood, working and - oh - the washing!! But I've also been reticent as my emotions and resilience have fluctuated … Continue reading Navigating Through…