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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.

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.

 

 

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.

wrightheloisebest-largeHere’s my beautiful friend Heloise (story on the bottom right) and her angelic children in a story that celebrates the true spirit of Christmas. Heloise and I went to school together and I’m proud to know her and watch her bring up her children so wonderfully. When I wrote my own story about my darling sister Pip, it was Heloise’s boys who got a mention in the part about seeing Pip as a superhero… That’s because Heloise’s children are just like Heloise – kind, generous beings who are fun, hilarious and lovely to be around.

Christmas is well underway now, the mags are full of Christmas cheer! If you have a festive story get in touch today.

drummondleannebella-page-001This is the story all about how a little girl called Matilda found her way into the world and changed the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to know and love her. Mum Leanne had three children already and was so sure she didn’t want any  more that she was sterilised. Years later, Leanne remarried and her new hubby didn’t have kids of his own. Could Leanne have her sterilisation reversed? Luckily, yes, and not only do the happy couple now have Matilda, but they have another baby on the way too!

Leanne had seen me post lots of my stories for the Down’s syndrome community on Facebook and had always wanted to tell her own. I was so pleased when she got in touch and told me her amazing story – it was an honour to write about Matilda, the little champion.

In this week’s Bella magazine. Please get in touch if you’ve got an amazing family story you’d like to share!

yorklejlabellaThis is the story of Lejla, a young woman struck with breast cancer, determined to fight with a smile on her face. Her indomitable spirit was such a joy to write about. Cancer pushed Lejla to try new things, get a divorce and eventually, fall in love with new fella Chris. She was warned on many occasions that her cancer drugs would affect her fertility and so she accepted it was highly unlikely she’d fall pregnant. Instead, Lejla discovered she was having twins, and no-one had mentioned that one of her drugs is also a known fertility booster. It’s a truly incredible happy ending for a lovely family.

Out in this week’s Bella to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you’d like to share a story about cancer, please do get in touch today.

defiedoddswo-largeTwo children who’ve grown into amazing young adults, celebrated in this week’s Woman’s Own. Firstly we have Zoe, who was born extremely premature. Doctors warned her mum, Caroline, Zoe wouldn’t make it. But she fought on… and slowly she grew. Now, she’s a public speaker, she’s running marathons and being an all-round amazing woman.

And we have the dashing young photographer Oliver, who was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome shortly after birth. Needing operations on his heart left his mum, Wendy, terrified, but Oliver showed a fighting spirit even back then. Determined to encourage her son to be whoever he wanted to be, Wendy is Oliver’s number one fan and he has rather a lot of them! Check out his website oliverhellowell.com to see examples of Oliver’s stunning photography.

If you’re children are little miracles, I’d love to hear about them. Please get in touch today! Pick up a copy of this week’s Woman’s Own to read about Zoe and Oliver.

So proud of this family – a raw and honest account of what happens when a father struggles with depression after the birth of his children. Paternal postnatal depression is rarely talked about. Men are supposed to be big tough guys aren’t they? Therein lies the problem – men feel like they can’t talk about their feelings, further exacerbating the loneliness and isolation. Matt and Lesley have opened up about their experiences in the hopes of encouraging other men to talk. Because talking is half the solution…

If you’re in need of help and support with any of the issues raised in this feature, please do visit nct.org.uk for more information.

To share your own experiences with us, please get in touch today. Lesley’s story is in this week’s Woman’s Own.

atkinsongaryfab-largeThis is the incredible story of Gary and his gorgeous son, Thomas. Gary and Thomas’s mother split up when Thomas was a baby, leaving Gary to raise his son alone. Behavioural problems left Gary worrying about Thomas’s future and pressing for a diagnosis, which eventually led to the discovery that Thomas had foetal alcohol syndrome, a preventable condition that arises if the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy. It leaves the child with lifelong problems.

Around the time of the diagnosis, Gary also discovered he wasn’t Thomas’s biological father.

Maybe some men would have walked away at this point. But not Gary. He explains it simply – he was there when Thomas was born. His name is on Thomas’s birth certificate. He’s raised him so far, he loves him – he IS Thomas’s father. Because that’s what it takes. It is a beautiful but heartbreaking story and I am so proud of Gary for sharing.

Further information about foetal alcohol syndrome can be found here.

Gary shared his story in Fabulous Magazine here, but we have more lined up so stay tuned!

ELMERkatieTAB1 (Large)When Katie was told her beautiful newborn daughter Emily had just days to live, she was devastated. But Emily lives on. Emily’s Star is the charity that Katie set up to help other families going through what she did, so that Emily’s name and memory would live on and help other people. She’s an amazing woman with never-ending energy and enthusiasm for helping families going through the hardest of times. Katie talked about the Emily’s Star project with incredible strength and I adore everything she’s about.

To find out more, visit Emily’s Star here.

If you have a story you’d like to share, get in touch today. It’s not always easy to talk about the challenges we face in life, but at Phoenix, we promise to look after you!