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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.

This is the beautiful, poignant story of Aimee and Daniel and their mum Theresa, who sadly passed away after a battle with breast cancer when Aimee and Daniel were kids. Years later, Aimee is looking back on her memories and how her mum shaped her into the woman she is today. It is a powerful read, with Aimee sweetly reminiscing and going into detail about all the little things she misses.

Aimee is raising awareness and funds for Walk the Walk – a brilliant breast cancer charity. Her story is out now in Bella.

In Bella this week, the beautiful story of Jeni and her daughters, Effie and Blythe, who both have a rare form of Down’s syndrome. It’s incredibly rare for more than one child in a family to have Down’s syndrome, and Jeni explains how lucky she feels with such wondrous love for her children, it is a truly gorgeous read.

Out now in Bella!

Isn’t this a gorgeous piece? After pop princess Kylie announced that she’s more likely to be a step-mother than a mother now, we asked Cath to share her step-situation with us. Cath is step-mum to four lovely children but doesn’t have any biological children of her own, so I like to tell her she’s basically Wales’s answer to Kylie.

The piece is a celebration of step-families, blended families, happy families – all the wonderful ways we make our families. Thank you to Cath for sharing! Out now in Bella.

You probably saw the video – it’s now had four million views! It’s a wonderfully uplifting idea, created by 50 mums in the Down’s syndrome community (and edited by one dad – Jamie!) which saw the world’s heart melt for their beautiful, gifted kids. In our never-ending ambition to educate the world on what Down’s syndrome really means, this video summed it all up to a beat. It means happy families. It means clever kids. It means sunshine and smiles and laughter and tears (happy tears!)

Here, three of the mums featured in the video share with Bella magazine what it was like to see their kids go ‘viral’ … and what a profound effect on people’s understanding of Down’s syndrome they hope the video will have.

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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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.

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.

 

 

Ah… sun, sea, sangrias and husbands! Here we have the beachside meetings of Francesca and Rich and Laura and Gav, both couples met on holiday, came home and made it last. I love the moment when Laura met Gav in Ibiza and told him she was looking to meet the One, to which he retorted, well, you won’t find him in Ibiza. Turns out, she was talking to the One right there!

I do love summer’s excuse to write happy, feel good stories like this. Huge thank you to our couples for taking part. Out in this week’s Bella.

If you have a summery love story you’d like to share, get in touch today!

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