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Louise has devoted her life to helping the innocent victims caught in the crossfire of war – dogs, cats, equines – any animal trying to live where us humans are at war. After concluding a tour of Iraq while serving in the military, Louise couldn’t come home – she was compelled to stay and give her life to helping animals. Dividing her time between Iraq and Afghanistan, Louise has saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives. She’s an incredible woman – but she needs our help! If you’d like to help Louise raise much needed funds to keep doing what she does, visit www.warpaws.org

You can read her story in Love Sunday or online here.

It’s not often enough that us humans stop to think about the consequences of war to the other animals who are trying to live on this planet. But for Louise, this became the meaning of her life – after serving a tour of Afghanistan she saw the horrors inflicted on animals living in a war torn desert country and made it her mission to help them. Dogs, cats, horses and beyond – Louise set up a rescue centre, then moved to Iraq and did the same thing all over again.

She is an incredible woman and I was proud to bring attention to her projects. If you’d like to help animals all over the world, help veterinary charity WVS send care packages worldwide by donating here.

Fabulous Magazine has had a refurb and is looking… fabulous! In yesterday’s edition I was lucky enough to write about this incredible woman – Akuja De Garang had to flea southern Sudan when she was eight years old, after civil war made it unsafe for her family to live there. She eventually settled in Britain but always knew her heart belonged in South Sudan. As soon as it was safe she returned, and has devoted her life to girls’ education. For her services, she was awarded an MBE this year.

You can read her story here. 

 

 

The wonderful Fiona here shares her determination to help cancer patients get through treatment with something other than chemo in the diary. As Fiona herself painfully knows, when you’re fighting cancer, sometimes chemo is the only thing you’ve got in the diary. And so, Fiona set up ‘Something To Look Forward To’, giving patients and their families treats like spa days, cinema trips, dinners and adventures. It’s a gorgeous sentiment and a vital cause, as the cancer statistics continue to loom large over our country.

Fiona’s story is in My Weekly Specials edition this month. You can donate to Something To Look Forward To by clicking here.

When you are told you’ll never hear your child utter a single word, hearing them defy doctor’s expectations and tell you that they love you must sound all the sweeter. In today’s Daily Mirror, mum Lydia tells how her children were diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis and, fitted with a tracheotomy each, the chances of her kids ever being able to speak were unlikely.

Lydia’s kids had other ideas. In this incredible story, she explains how they learned to say ‘I love you’ (and many other words!) despite their diagnosis and despite their tracheostomies.

Beautiful photos by Millie Pilkington – out today in the Daily Mirror. You can read the story online here.

If your children have defied expectations and you’d like to celebrate their achievements in a magazine or newspaper, get in touch today.

Here’s the wonderful Paula and her wonderful escapades! While other children were dreaming of becoming an astronaut, fireman or race car driver, Paula was suffering severe anxiety. By her own admission, she missed out on a childhood. It was only when a chance photo on her 30th birthday made her realise she was living life in hiding that something changed in her soul. With the support of her husband, Paula overcame her anxieties and started making up for lost time.

All those childhood dreams other kids had? Paula’s tried them all now. She’s a testament to what you can achieve when you refuse to let anything hold you back and she’s also an absolute dream to work with and write about.

If you’ve had some wild adventures, get in touch today, we love adventures here at Phoenix…

Paula is out in this week’s Best. An aptly named title for her new life!

Janine is one of the most wonderful people I have ever written about. I just wish that I wasn’t writing about the heartbreaking circumstances Janine finds herself in. We’ve worked together lots now and she is the funniest, warmest, most loveliest woman ever. Her daughters have inherited all those beautiful traits and also have a way with words that puts me to shame – check out the letter they wrote their mum in the attached article.

Janine has secondary incurable cancer. She has a hell of a fight on her hands but fight she does. Meanwhile, she’s also raising awareness of the importance of women (and men) checking their bodies for lumps and bumps regularly – making a boobie date once a month. Check out Janine’s website here. 

She’s also frantically raising money for her own treatment plan because the NHS is out of options for her. So if you can spare any pennies, click through to Janine’s site and donate.

Read Janine’s story in this week’s Woman Magazine. And here she is winning Mum Idol in the Sun on Mother’s Day. A most deserving accolade for this SuperMum!

That I get to write about extraordinary women like Memory fills my heart with pride. That extraordinary women like Memory exist, fills my heart with joy. Memory grew up determined to choose for herself when she would marry, despite her culture forcing children as young as ten to marry against their will, often after they’d experienced the horror of a sexual initiation camp, which is every bit as horrific as it sounds. Memory said no. Memory said no for herself and through her tenacity and determination, she said no for generations of women to follow her. She changed the law and she will change the culture.

Out in this week’s Reveal. Check out Plan International UK for more of their campaigns.

DANIELSrachelTAB (Large)Hello everyone! Happy World Down’s syndrome Day – a momentous global celebration uniting every corner of the world. You can read more about the events taking place here. 

Last year I wrote a blog charting all the stories I’d been lucky enough to write in the preceding 12 months, and I did the same the year before… Here I am again! I am so, so proud to have written so many life-affirming stories about extraordinary people in the Down’s syndrome community, who have kindly welcomed me into their fold. Together, we have championed Down’s syndrome and illustrated over and over again that Down’s syndrome is no impediment to a fulfilling, happy and rewarding life, that society need not fear Down’s syndrome, that we are, in fact, lucky to know these talented, charming, confident, gorgeous individuals.

NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) continues to gather pace and what I’d like to be writing about this time next year, is that the NHS retrained all medical professionals in the reality of Down’s syndrome, so that the inevitable increase in prenatal diagnoses is accompanied by a fresh and realistic portrayal of what life might have in store. To screen out Down’s syndrome would be to create a society lacking diversity and says more about society than it does about Down’s syndrome.

To the Down’s syndrome community I say I love you and I say thank you. Thank you for continuing to let me write about and celebrate you. Here’s this year’s collective of our stories: Read more

DSUOwoman (Medium)Super pleased with this three page extravaganza in Woman magazine this week! Down’s syndrome has been in the news a lot in the last few months because the NHS has approved a new antenatal test that will make diagnosis easier to detect. The Down’s syndrome community fear that the NHS approach to delivering this diagnosis is not up to date and realistic. It is, sadly, still delivered to parents in an outdated, often rude and terrifying way.

If prenatal diagnosis is going to become more common, the NHS needs to review the way the news is delivered. The old leaflets don’t portray a realistic future for children who have Down’s syndrome today. This has got to change. And that’s what we’re campaigning for here and across numerous media platforms. Tell it right, start it right.

I am so proud of my work writing about the Down’s syndrome community. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch today.