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Summer Holidays part Three

The summer holidays are getting very close now and I would guess schools around the UK are gearing up for the end of term. In my latest blog about school holidays I am again thinking about what the six weeks holidays might mean to children who are living with a parent who has a life-limiting […]

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School Holidays part Two

Hello, In my blog last week I started to think about the long school holidays that children in the UK have each summer. My first blog was an assortment of personal reflections of how I remember the summer holidays from the 60s and 70s. In this post I am going to fast-forward to now and […]

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School Holidays part One

Hello, Over the next few weeks I am going to include in my Blog my thoughts about school holidays. Here I will be referring to the school holidays in the United Kingdom (UK) where children typically have six week’s holiday starting mid- July to early September when the new academic year begins. One of the […]

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Family life and parental illness

Parental life-limiting illness is not prejudiced and can (and does) affect any family without warning. The consequences for the patient must be really hard – but what about their children? They too are living with the illness, they too have fears, worries and one hundred and one other emotions – but who it there for […]

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The wait is nearly over!

After four months of writing, two months proof reading (thank you to the kind folk who took the time to read and re-read the book for me) and seven weeks at the printers Our Family and IT is about to be published. It has been the most amazing journey and one that I never thought […]

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Our Family and IT

Life-limiting illness is not prejudiced and can (and does) affect any family. Our Family and IT is a novel about what happens to a family when a mother is diagnosed with a life-limiting Illness. The chapters are written by the different family members and take the reader on a journey. IT becomes the uninvited guest […]

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My Novel – why this book?

I have been busy for the last few months writing a novel about family life and life-limiting illness. I am going down the self-publishing route and hopefully, next week, it will be off to the printers! I thought I would write a little about the inspiration behind it. For some years now I have been […]

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#Time to Talk Day

Today is #Time to Talk day – a chance for us all to be more open about mental health. I really hope the day is a great success and as a result of it people start to feel more able to talk and listen about mental health and mental wellbeing. Children and young people who […]

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We all have a story to tell

This is National Storytelling Week. When I started out in my career as a young nursery nurse I used to love story time. For me it represented a time of magical thinking and the opportunity to spend quiet time with the children after a busy, noisy session in nursery. Today, the older (much) and wiser […]

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School and Parental Life-limiting Illness

Today is the first day back to school for the majority of children across the UK following the Christmas holidays. For many I am sure there will be that Monday morning feeling that we all have experienced at some point in our education or careers. But I wonder how many are going back with the […]

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