So-called experts

Breaking news (and I was there): Tories defeated in House of Lords over ESA

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 | 0 comments

Breaking news (and I was there): Tories defeated in House of Lords over ESA

Ah, the poor government. It can be rough when things don’t go your way. Like this week when they were defeated in the courts over the Bedroom Tax. Or, when the House of Lords voted that they needed to keep income as a measure of child poverty. (Stupid House of Lords *kicks can* thinks income has something to do with to poverty!) Makes you feel all sad and depressed. Almost as bad as having cancer and then your benefits are cut. WAIT A MINUTE. STOP THE PRESSES. The government’s plan to cut Employment Support Allowance (ESA) by 30% has been defeated! ESA is the meager benefit...

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It could have easily been me. My life rationed away.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 | 3 comments

It could have easily been me. My life rationed away.

I read a deeply disturbing article last night. I should have been asleep, but instead I scrolled through The Guardian’s web site and accidentally landed on a story that resonated all too closely to my own life. “A 22-year-old woman with relapsed acute myeloid leukaemia died after being denied a second allogeneic stem cell transplant,” the article in The Guardian on NHS rationing read. “Her doctor said her late relapse and good response to salvage chemotherapy meant there was a 50% chance that a further transplant would have cured the disease. However, the local GP-led...

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Welcome nursery people!

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Welcome nursery people!

Yesterday, I gave a speech at the National Day Nursery Association’s national conference. And yes, when I was dropped off by the taxi in front of this sports arena that I’m assuming seats tens of thousands, I did think, “What the hell am I doing here?” Thankfully, I wasn’t centre-pitch delivering my speech to a rugby ground of thousands, but a sedate conference room of hundreds. For those of you who saw me ramble through my speech and came here to read more about our trials and successes with nursery, I bring you this easily accessible list of previous posts...

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Someone, please tell me what to do now?

Posted on May 11, 2015 | 4 comments

Someone, please tell me what to do now?

Last Thursday, my husband and I skipped off to the polling station with my downstairs neighbours and our children. They played tag between the voting booths and we shushed them and giggled at the same time, delighted to be there and to vote. For weeks leading up the event, I’d been obsessed. I hadn’t just been reading articles in the Guardian, my usual read – but also my political opposites, the Telegraph and even sometimes even the Daily Mail. I wanted to know all sides. And, I hadn’t just read. I was writing myself. My post on the shocking truth behind Samantha...

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Update on my plea to NHS England to save my life

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 | 23 comments

Update on my plea to NHS England to save my life

Today, I received the call from my doctor that I’d been waiting for, that all of you – my friends and family especially – have been waiting for: My second transplant has been approved by NHS England. The past six weeks have been some of the darkest days of my life. That so many of you got behind me, including hundreds of total strangers, was completely overwhelming. I am very grateful. But, the truth is the real heroes here are my doctors, who pressed for this treatment despite it being expensive and only given in very rare circumstances. They toiled behind the scenes on my...

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