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In this weekend’s Mail on Sunday, we shared the story of the magnificent Dexter, a wonderful little chap who has a rare genetic condition which means that he is unable to feel the sensation of pain. It is a complex condition which raises a myriad of challenges for his parents, as they battle to keep him safe from harm.

As mum Lindsay states, life would be easier if Dexter loved fluffy things like feathers and teddies, but Dexter prefers tools, tractors and trucks. Give the boy an engine, some kind of machinery or a toolkit and he’s in bliss. His knowledge of tools puts me to shame, as I don’t know my saw from my hammer.

The plaster cast you can see in this photo has now been removed and Dexter’s doing well. He’s about to celebrate his fourth birthday. Happy Birthday champ!

The story can also be read online here.

A wonderfully inspirational line up of women who were determined to become mothers despite missing ‘one vital ingredient’ – a boyfriend / partner / husband. These women used sperm donors to conceive and are now all happily raising their children as single, brilliant, inspirational mums.

Out this week in Bella.

Thank you, single ladies! If you’d like to share your story of how you became a mum, please get in touch today.

Next month, kids go Back To School – and to mark the occasion we worked with Prima Magazine to celebrate four women who also went back to school, taking an adult learning course, hobby or lesson to improve their skillset as adults. I loved working with these women and their stories look fantastic and inspiring. Estelle’s photography class led to a new career, Sally’s DIY skills course gave her confidence to do her own odd-jobs around the house, Sally is becoming a whizz with the saxaphone and Sian has tried so many cookery classes that I’d very much like to have dinner at her house!

A wonderful medley of skills. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby! Out now in Prima.

The thought of jetting off into the sunset is pretty appealing right now as rain continues to pound the roof of the office, in AUGUST! Here’s some inspiration if you’re feeling the same way. The lovely Julie appears in this week’s Best celebrating her life long passion for travel – company not required. I love Julie’s attitude to life and her penchant for adventure.

Too many of us wait until someone will come with us before we step off into the unknown. Julie is proof that going it alone can lead to unexpected experiences. Now, where’s my passport?!

If you’ve been on an adventure, get in touch today! We love to celebrate adventures great and small.

Super proud of these two teen mums. Ashleigh and Taylor may have given birth in their teens, but their wisdom defied their age. When their children, the gorgeous Riley and Casey respectively, were diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, these two teenagers rose up and fought for their kid’s rights. They found inner strength, they battled doctors, they ignored prognoses and championed the little babies in their care.

 

I love these women because they show that while society frowns at teen mums, these teen mums were exactly who their children needed on their team. They are beautiful parents. Age does not matter. Love matters!

 

Out in this week’s Bella. If you’d like to tell your parenting story get in touch today. For support in all things Down’s syndrome, visit the fantastic resource site Future of Down’s.

 

 

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!

DENCHsachaGHK (Large)While I love to write about the antics of women like Sacha, I have to admit that I am too much of a scaredy cat to ever achieve anything quite like her feat. Paramotoring from the depths of Russian tundra to the wetlands of Gloucester, she flew over mountain and sea, alongside swans, above whales, beneath geese. My husband is a paramotorer and every summer I lose him to the skies. Join him? No thank you.

Sacha’s story was a thrill to write, because I love to write about women who possess characteristics I wish I had. She’s brave, she’s bold, she’s fearless.

Sacha’s adventure is in this month’s Good Housekeeping.

If you’ve had a life changing adventure, let me know! I will write about you from the safety of my office…

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

FREEDdaveReveal (Large)I love working on stories like this – in Reveal this week, we look at Shared Parental Leave and why, despite a government scheme introduced two years ago to encourage dads to take a longer paternity leave, so few men actually are. Dave champions the joys of taking a longer leave and makes some really salient points about his career being no more or less important than his wife’s. A true feminist! His leave has meant a special and deep bond has formed with baby James and I hope his story inspires more fathers to take that extra time off.

Out now in Reveal! Please get in touch today if you’d like to share your thoughts on this topic.