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Love these ladies! Here’s Emma, Sheryl and Hannah reflecting on the lessons they learned while dipping their toe in married waters back in their 20s. Their ‘starter marriages’ taught them so much about love, life and long term relationships, it was a fascinating piece to put together.

Out now in Best.

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.

Divorce statistics hit an all time high at this time of year, as couples emerge from difficult festive challenges and start the new year determined to build happier lives – Judith shared her story with Bella to inspire people going through just that. Judith’s own new year divorce set her on a course for a happier life and it shows – she radiates happiness and is loving discovering who she is now she’s flying solo.

Out now in Bella.

A beautiful story to start the new year off with! Here is the James family – Mel tells the story of how Jack came to be her son. It’s a beautiful story of adoption, love and family ties. As Mel says, you don’t have to be related to your children to love them with all your heart and this story proves it.

To find out more about adoption, visit adoptionuk.org

I mean – seriously. Could Willow be any cuter? My latest Christmas themed story is about a beautiful little lady called Willow, who came along and completed her family. Hers is the sort of story Christmas is made for, because Christmas is a time for love and gratitude for those we keep close.

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.

Catch Willow in Bella – out now!

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.

Always brings a proud smile to my face to write about the Down’s syndrome community. This piece for the Sun was one we organised back in March so it’s great to finally see it in print, just in time for World Down’s syndrome Awareness Month. Four mums tell readers why their children deserve to be celebrated for bringing sunshine into their families.

In the age of NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) the Down’s syndrome community fear that terminations will increase and the community will begin to shrink. What a sad world that would be. Let’s hope that alongside the new testing technique, we’ll see an improvement in the ‘bedside manner’ of medical professionals, who need to offer a realistic portrayal of what life with the condition actually looks like, in today’s world, not the 1970s.

For advice and support, Future of Downs is an excellent website. And you can read the Sun story in full here.

So proud to write about incredible people like Kim – after contracting sepsis all four limbs were amputated but Kim has not once lost her wonderful spirit, courage and strength. Yesterday the Sunday People covered her latest milestone – a 3D printed bionic Hero Arm.

As you can see from the picture, this means that Kim can now fist-bump grandson Oliver, as well as brush her own hair and hold her own cutlery – little every day tasks we all take for granted.

Kim desperately needs donations so that she can afford another arm for her left side. If you can donate, please do, every penny counts! Click here for her campaign. 

You can read the story in full here.