Posts Tagged ‘disability’

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The second drowning

  It started as these things often do with a question; raised tentatively, not wanting to be the only one. Seeking out a collective, camaraderie and hoping in equal measure that it was and wasn’t a communal concern. Actually, it probably started long before that. Perhaps when I noticed that yet another friend had disappeared from social media. […] Read more…

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Me Before You and the big disability debate

Alex Bailey/Warner Bros Warning: contains film spoilers If you have met one person in a wheelchair. You have met one person in a wheelchair. When I was in Sixth Form studying hard for my A-levels (cough), me and my friends would sit around the common room having deep philosophical debates like: “which teacher would you snog […] Read more…

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Deep, deep breaths

This is the first in a series of blog posts to mark the fourth Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day, which takes place on  Friday 29th April.  Each one will highlight different aspects of raising a child with complex medical needs of unknown cause – the good, the bad and the blooming lovely. Dear me from four years ago I stumbled across the photo below from Christmas […] Read more…

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Monsters under the bed

  It was at my 12-week routine pregnancy scan that I found out that Gabriel was high risk for a chromosomal disorder. The two days we had to wait before we saw the fetal medicine team for a detailed ultrasound were a blur of frightened tears. “We’re the monsters under the bed. The nightmares that keep […] Read more…

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Women on the edge

In Liverpool where I grew up the phrase “I am on the edge” is much bandied about. It is a brilliant statement that has evolved to comedy status over the years. The chippy was shut and I was starving. Then he couldn’t decide on Maccies or Chinese. I was on the bloody edge. There were […] Read more…