Posts Tagged "cerebral palsy"

Hello from Bed 1 on the Hospital Ward

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 | 5 comments

Hello from Bed 1 on the Hospital Ward

Remember when that bastard Leukaemia moved back in? Well, now he’s kicked me out of my house and imprisoned me in the hospital. I’m trying to be pissed off and not completely crack up. Basically, what happened was the out-patient chemo they tried over the summer didn’t work. Apparently, that isn’t so unusual with that treatment. Plan B was always more intensive hospital treatment. Welcome to Plan B. I’ll have chemo this week. Then it will take about three more weeks before I’ve recovered enough to return home. After that, we hope I’ll be back in...

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May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 | 3 comments

May’s first day at school: DENY. DENY. DENY. (from the archives)

From the archives a post for all those special needs parents whose children are starting school this month. DENY. DENY. DENY. I’ve been there. I’m a few years down the road now and I can say, categorically, it was the best thing we ever did for May. Here’s why: She attends a wonderful school with therapists on call and lots of people who love her. There are all kinds of things there that there is no possible way I could provide: hydrotherapy, dance class, sensory rooms and a massive playground. Hats off to you, parents. This will not be an easy term. Stay strong. You are...

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A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 | 6 comments

A toothy tale of incompetence and negligence

May was just wheeled into surgery. I’m sat amongst the other parents awaiting our children’s fate. I’ve said it before, but praise be all parents who pack a bag for their child to take them – not on holiday – but to the hospital where someone will drug them and cut them open with a knife.  

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These facts don’t define me. This success does.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 | 8 comments

These facts don’t define me. This success does.

Sainsbury’s wrote me an amazing email this week confirming that all of their stores, nationwide, will have a disabled shopping trolley for kids to use by the end of the year. Every.Single.Store. Thousands of families across the country will be able to complete a weekly shop with their child. A normal chore, once too challenging, made simple.  

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Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 | 5 comments

Another “impossible” on the 1000 things May would never do – done

Five years ago, I sat in a small office of a hospital with a professor at one side of a desk, my husband’s hand in mine and the weight of a list of all the things my daughter would never ever do, suffocating me. Thousands and thousands of activities pouring through my mind. Everything from toilet training to going to the circus. So, what happened next? Okay – toilet training is out. But there were plenty we did do. May went to the theatre. She performed in a school assembly. She danced (she doesn’t stop bouncing sometimes). Swimming. Travelling. Bed time stories. Carving a...

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