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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

ANDREWSsteffBella (Large)Oh crumbles, we just love a good love story here at Phoenix towers! This is the beautiful story of star-crossed young lovers, Steff and Ryan, who fell in love at just 13 years old. An accidental pregnancy turned their world upside down – the pair longed to stay together and bring up the baby together, but with Steff being treated like an outcast at school for her baby bump, and Ryan’s parents refusing to let the pair see each other, their love was at a loss. Years ticked by and Steff resigned herself to raising their child alone.

Ryan never stopped loving Steff and after six years, broke the silence, requesting to meet his daughter. It was a huge decision for Steff, but she agreed to meet Ryan and the moment she saw him, she felt like a 13 year old all over again. They’re now living happily ever after. Yay!

Out in this week’s Bella. We love a reunion, so if you have a story of tracking down a long lost love, get in touch today!

It’s me! Sometimes I do like to tell chapters of my own life too… and here I am in Bella sharing the not at all embarrassing story of the office Christmas party snog that led to a marriage… Nine years later and I can report that our office Christmas party kiss that turned into a relationship that turned into a marriage is going very well indeed. Hurrah for booze and Dutch courage!

We’re in full on Christmas mode at Phoenix Towers at the mo, so if you have a Christmassy story we’d love to hear it! Message me today and we’ll see what we can do.

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.

MUNDAYsallyBella (Medium)Jingle Bells! We’ve been working on our Christmas stories since the final days of the summer, so it’s great to see them come to fruition now the nights are drawing in. Here we have the lovely Sally and her twins, Monty and Barnaby. Note, Monty and Barnaby own Christmas jumpers with their names stitched on to them. Want!

The twins gave their mum a scare when they arrived early on Christmas Day last year. Due in February, Sally and husband Sam are now making Christmas Day morning all about the boys birthday, and Christmas Day afternoon all about Christmas. Phew! A lovely story that celebrates the twins arrival while praising the incredible work of hospital staff who see in their Christmasses looking after newborns.

If you have a Christmas story, get in touch today, we only have a few Christmas pages left!

This week in Bella, best friends Cath and Claire tell their incredible story. When they met, both women were overweight. Then Claire started the Cambridge Weight Plan and transformed into the slim, healthy woman you can see in the pictures. Inspired, Cath followed suit. Only once Cath had lost weight did she discover a lump in her breast that turned out to be advanced and aggressive cancer. Had she not lost weight, she wouldn’t have found the lump.

Cath won her cancer battle and both women are now a fit and healthy size, they’re both Cambridge Weightloss consultants and both enjoying their fabulous friendship, their lives changed forever!

 
Cath and Claire were great to work with and their story celebrates friendship, while serving as a stark reminder to all women, make sure you check your breasts. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so buy a copy of Bella and help spread awareness!

 
If you have a friendship or health story you’d like to share, please get in touch today.