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I have such a soft spot for writing about animals and the amazing humans who dedicate their lives to helping them – here we have Michelle, founder of DOTS – Dogs on the Streets – a charity set up to assist the homeless population in the care of their dogs. Michelle taught me so much I didn’t know about the homeless sector and it was so inspiring to listen to her and learn about her efforts to support homeless people and their dogs.

You can read her story online here and support Michelle here

Happy World Down’s syndrome Day! Time for my annual love fest – click below to see a collection of the incredible families I’ve written about in the last year. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to use my pen (alright, keyboard) to celebrate so many inspiring young people. These are the game-changers, the rule-breakers, the cliche-defiers – while there’s never been more urgency to highlight what Down’s syndrome actually is (and not what medical professionals would STILL have us fear it is) these little legends are going about their legendaryness with aplomb. Just by being who they are, the ripple effect across society says We. Are. Awesome. So while NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) looms into view, the Down’s syndrome community are here to say #wouldntchangeathing.

For more information about Down’s syndrome, visit www.futureofdowns.com an online community offering friendly support for parents and an up to date, balanced view of life with the condition.

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The gorgeous Sarah and Dave can teach us all a thing or two about living, while they live in the shadow of death. Dave has been battling worsening cystic fibrosis his entire life and never thought he’d experience love, marriage and family. But Sarah is by his side as his wife and carer and together they make every day special.

A beautiful, poignant love story just in time for Valentine’s Day, out now in Woman.

Support their gofundme campaign for Dave’s bucket list here.

This is the gorgeous family of Ana, Nathaniel, Luca and Jude. In Best magazine this week, Ana explains how her twins, Luca and Jude, have autism. The condition has left the children in two silent worlds, frustrated yet unable to communicate. And so the lovely Ana found ways into their worlds. It’s a poignant story of determination and gentle patience, as Ana learns to understand what autism means for both of the boys and how she can help them help themselves in the overwhelming worlds they find themselves in.

Ana has contributed to a book written by a compilation of mums who have all been through a lot and overcome challenging circumstances. Mumpreneur on Fire can be found here. 

Catch her in Best now!

Is it too soon to say it’s spring? January has flown by and there is definite floral evidence in the garden that winter is waving goodbye and spring is waving hello. We’re super busy at Phoenix Towers, writing about all things Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and beyond.

We’ve been working on some really interesting stories about incredible women like Danielle, who’s identical twins are not quite identical, and Gail, whose daughters were tragically diagnosed with a cruel childhood condition that could see them develop all the symptoms of dementia before they reach their teens. There’s hope for Gail’s daughters – thanks to a pioneering trial, they might be able to delay the onset of symptoms and while they’re at it, change the future for thousands of children like them. It’s a story of hope and love and you can read all about it over on our ‘Recent Stories’ page.

This is the heartbreaking yet hopeful story of the beautiful Rich family. Tragically, eldest daughter Nicole was diagnosed with Batten’s disease, a cruel condition that means she’s lose her sight, ability to swallow, walk, pick things up. And in time, she’ll suffer all the symptoms of dementia. As if fate had not been cruel enough, youngest daughter Jessica was also diagnosed.

But there is hope. Both daughters are on a trial which could change the world. For Nicole, there has been a dramatic and unexpected improvement in her symptoms. For Jessica, who was diagnosed before she even had symptoms, the trial drug might just delay the onset of symptoms for years or even forever. This has significant ramifications for a whole host of childhood diseases. In short, the outcome of Jessica’s trial might just change the world for thousands of families.

Gail and her family are beautiful and brave and it was an honour to write about them. Out now in Best.

I’ve written about twin to twin transfusion syndrome in the past but never have I met a pair of twins who were affected by it to such a degree as this pair of cuties. Danielle shared her story about her incredible identical, but not identical, twins Teddy and Ronnie, in the Sunday People and it really is an astonishing journey those boys have been on. But, they’re both home now and doing brilliantly.

You can read about their journey here and follow the lovely Danielle on Instagram here.

Oh how I wish I was writing about something else when it comes to Sarah – this glorious, hilarious, brave and wonderful woman has been so fantastic and kindly let me into her life at such a difficult time. We’ve grown close and I very much wish life wasn’t so a cruel mistress! Here she is being her gorgeous self in New! this week.

You can support Sarah by buying her lovely book, aimed at children whose parents have had a cancer diagnosis. Available on the Osborne Trust website. Catch her story in New! now.

For Emily, it’s not about what the Christmas tree looks like. Christmas is about how it feels, how it smells, how it makes her feel. Partially sighted, Emily was kind enough to describe Christmas from where she is standing, in this week’s Best magazine. She’s a poetic and beautiful soul who went into wonderful detail about all the little things that other people might take for granted and it was a joy to work with her on this.

It’s a little early but… Happy Christmas to Emily!

Check her out in Best this week.

Rebecca kindly opened her heart to us to help other women who might be experiencing the worst symptoms of the menopause. She often felt very alone and very far removed from who she used to be -and she’s determined to help other women know they are going to be okay. Society doesn’t talk about the reality of the ‘change’ often, but recently it has been in the press a lot so here’s hoping that the conversation has begun.

If you’re suffering in silence, visit My Menopause Doctor on Facebook for support and guidance.

You can read Rebecca’s story in Notebook online here.