5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

5 ways to feel less anxious wearing a face mask

I have to admit, I didn't expect to feel as anxious as I did on day one of wearing my face mask while I shopped. I appreciate that our NHS workers (including my Mum and Sister) are wearing full PPE for hours on end and they all have my utmost respect. I am in no way...

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COVID 19; Why protecting our children isn’t always helpful

COVID 19; Why protecting our children isn’t always helpful

Ok so first of all I want to say that this is as far from a public health announcement as you can get. Parents and carers absolutely should be protecting our children; ensuring that they are washing their hands regularly, observing social distancing wherever possible...

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Making a difference with Sense International

Making a difference with Sense International

It feels like a lifetime ago since I was in Kenya with Sense International looking at the work the charity does to support deaf blind children and their families. I’m not going to lie, I’ve seen the adverts on TV that tug at the heart strings, showing lives a world...

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SEND parenting; needing what we don’t want

SEND parenting; needing what we don’t want

I had planned the lives of my twins before they even arrived. Not in a control freak kind of way, but in an 'I'm taking for granted that my babies will be fine' kind of way and in honesty, I didn't realise I had done it until I was told it had been taken away from us...

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Sharing my 9 lessons from Kenya

Sharing my 9 lessons from Kenya

Recently, I was privileged to be invited out to Kenya as part of the press team with Sense International to see the work that they are doing in and around Nairobi with children who are deaf blind. I had few expectations before I went as I really had no idea what work...

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Why we will never be a ‘normal’ family

Why we will never be a ‘normal’ family

When my premature twins were born, we were told that twin 2, Harry, had been born with a rare craniofacial condition called Goldenhar syndrome. Before his third birthday he had also been diagnosed with autism. I didn't want to hear these diagnoses, I didn't want...

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Raising a child with autism – does it get easier?

Raising a child with autism – does it get easier?

Raising a child with autism, as with any additional need or disability, can be incredibly challenging at times. There have been moments as I have relayed some of our adventures to friends and colleagues that they have asked "do you think it will ever get easier as he...

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Dear NHS Staff

Dear NHS Staff

Never, in the history of the National Health Service in the UK, has it been under such practical and financial strain. People are living longer, the population is growing at a rapid rate with from within and from outside the country, funding has been restricted and...

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