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With Father’s Day ahead this weekend, I’ve been writing about amazing dads. Men who have been through the most heartbreaking of circumstances, but come out stronger for those around them. Men who are not afraid to talk about mental health and understand that true strength is in talking about our fragility. Men like Mark, who went out for a walk with his wife and toddler and came home a widow and a single dad. His story is so incredibly sad, but Mark found his way through it and taught himself how to be happy again. For his wife, Katherine. For his daughter, Margot.

Read Mark’s incredible attitude to the hand he’s been dealt out now in Bella. Mark was supported by WAY – widowed and young. If you have been widowed young, visit www.widowedandyoung.org.uk for support.  Mark writes an amazing blog here. 

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.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house while I was working on this story – Jon’s love for his wife Rach shone through his words and it was an honour to write for him.

Over on my ‘charity’ page you can see the link for Jon’s fundraising campaign – he’s raising money for Breast Cancer Care to thank the charity for the support they gave his family during Rach’s cancer battle.

His story is out now in Bella.

We’ll fight the NHS – Sunday Mirror

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I’ve worked with the incredible Rich family before, but last time, the story had hope and promise… We thought the pioneering treatment little Jess and Nicole were on might change the world for generations of kids with rare genetic diseases.
But now, the NHS has refused to fund the treatment which leaves these girls at a perilous crossroads. I love the NHS – what I don’t love is the government budget cuts which put lives at stake. It’s heartbreaking. The treatment works and the girls and many other kids in England (Wales and Scotland have made different decisions on the matter) deserve to stay on it. You can read the full story in the Mirror

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.

This story makes me cry! An incredible insight into what a family went through while twins Alex and Lucas fought for survival after a premature birth. So lovely to hear a dad’s point of view too, because dad’s don’t get much of a look in when it comes to real life stories. Jonathon kindly shared his diary with us and it is at times funny, at times heartbreaking, but hopeful and brave too.

Jonathon is raising awareness of the incredible charity Ronald McDonald House – free accommodation set up beside hospitals for people in Jonathon’s predicament – too far from home, in need of a bed. You can find out more about them here. 

One of those charities you might not know exists until you need them…

Jonathon’s story was in the Sunday Mirror yesterday. You can read it online here.

I adore Tyler – he’s been through an extremely difficult and dark chapter but he’s determined to use his experiences to help other children. And he’s still only 11 years old.  Tyler has Asperger’s syndrome but for a long time, he couldn’t communicate how he was feeling or what he was going through. His dedicated, wonderful mum Tracy perservered and supported him, even sleeping on the floor beside his bed.

In time, Tyler was given the extra support he needed and he’s now flourishing – he wrote a book, Invisible Me, to help other kids, but he’s so wise, he can help adults while he’s at it. You can buy the book through the Marie Curie website here. 

Out in Bella now.