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This is a story of love, loss, hope and the happiest of endings in the wake of the saddest of times. Angeleen is an absolute delight. She knew that she and Chris would make perfect parents. After a brain tumour cruelly took his life too soon, she decided to have IVF with his sperm, creating two beautiful children.

The story was in the Mirror yesterday – read it online here. 

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes took a group of people with varying forms of dementia and gave them the opportunity to work in a restaurant – the results are on 4od now. It’s a great concept for a show and an experiment – incredible people have been written off as incapable of working but the show asks what happens if you give people responsibility again?

Lorayne was one of the participants and has early onset frontotemporal dementia. Here she tells her story in Best and it was wonderful to work with her. Lorayne has lost none of her wit, strength or courage.
The title refers to the film Still Alice, which is a devastating but poignant watch. Lorayne’s story is out now in Best.

This isn’t an easy read, but it’s poignant and beautiful and Jon’s attitude towards the double tragedy he and wife Vikki faced is utterly gorgeous. Because he’s glad he had the little time he had with his twin sons. He’s grateful to the medical team who tried to save their lives, the friends he made while living in the worst possible circumstances, the kindness of those who helped his family during their time of need. It’s these things he focuses on – what a wonderful man he is.

Daughter Cecily Hope was born just a few weeks ago, making this coming Father’s Day both a happy and a sad one for Jon. Read his story in Best now…

Jon was supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities, a home away from home for families in his position. Find out more at www.rmhc.org.uk

 

It was such an honour to work with Svetlana on her memories of Chernobyl – and a real inspiration to hear her thoughts and musings on how not to live in the shadow of such a terrifying and traumatic experience.

The chernobyl nuclear disaster shook the world and although I’ve always known vaguely what happened, interviewing Svetlana gave me insight into what really happened. It makes for a harrowing yet inspiring read – out now in Best.

This is the story of Caitlin, a very special little lady who lived for just six days. Her story is heartbreaking, but her incredible mum, Nicole, is determined to live a happy life in Caitlin’s memory – because Caitlin made her so happy for the duration of her little life. Nicole has such a wonderful way of looking at the world and her wisdom is truly inspiring. It was a pleasure to write for her.

Out now in Best.

Donna shares her story of how she watched Parkinson’s disease overwhelm her grandmother and her mother. Now battling it herself, Donna is such a brave and courageous woman, determined to give her own daughter the best life she can. It’s too soon to know if Beau has inherited Parkinson’s too but Donna lives in fear that she has.

With donations, research into Parkinson’s will find a cure before Beau grows up. Please visit Parkinson’s UK to donate.

Donna’s story is out now in Bella.

This was an inspiring story to write up for Best magazine – Toni saved for years before carefully selecting a surgeon she trusted to give her a facelift which has not only taken years off, but also given her confidence she’s never had before. You can’t argue with that!

The lovely Toni shared her story in Best, out now.

Always extra specially proud of my stories for and about the Down’s syndrome community – here’s this week’s piece in Woman’s Own magazine celebrating Sophie and Joe, two brilliant kids who have brought sunshine and sparkle to their family and friends – and who happen to have Down’s syndrome. Their mums, Cassy and Vikki, were interviewed about the looming sense that science is attempting to eradicate future cases of Down’s syndrome – and what a sad world that would be.

Every time I write about Down’s syndrome, I hope that we help undo the tide of misinformation that has swept society for decades. Out now in Woman’s Own.

 

I had over 200 people get in touch wanting to be a part of this report – which goes to show what a mess we’re in! Too many kids are being passed around the system yet overlooked, while their parents are being made to feel like they are the problem.

This report, which I worked on for Scope, the disability charity, is in Take a Break this week. It is a very interesting, and sad, read. If you are affected by the details in this report please do visit the Scope website – they are a wonderful charity.

I mean… sometimes I just melt! Here’s Max and Cory, two beautiful souls brought together in tragic circumstances, now bringing Christmas cheer to children in hospital over the festive season, every year.

Such beautiful families who have been through so much, but keep smiling and making the world a better place. A very merry Christmas story indeed – out now in Pick Me Up.