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Is it too soon to say it’s spring? January has flown by and there is definite floral evidence in the garden that winter is waving goodbye and spring is waving hello. We’re super busy at Phoenix Towers, writing about all things Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and beyond.

We’ve been working on some really interesting stories about incredible women like Danielle, who’s identical twins are not quite identical, and Gail, whose daughters were tragically diagnosed with a cruel childhood condition that could see them develop all the symptoms of dementia before they reach their teens. There’s hope for Gail’s daughters – thanks to a pioneering trial, they might be able to delay the onset of symptoms and while they’re at it, change the future for thousands of children like them. It’s a story of hope and love and you can read all about it over on our ‘Recent Stories’ page.

This is the heartbreaking yet hopeful story of the beautiful Rich family. Tragically, eldest daughter Nicole was diagnosed with Batten’s disease, a cruel condition that means she’s lose her sight, ability to swallow, walk, pick things up. And in time, she’ll suffer all the symptoms of dementia. As if fate had not been cruel enough, youngest daughter Jessica was also diagnosed.

But there is hope. Both daughters are on a trial which could change the world. For Nicole, there has been a dramatic and unexpected improvement in her symptoms. For Jessica, who was diagnosed before she even had symptoms, the trial drug might just delay the onset of symptoms for years or even forever. This has significant ramifications for a whole host of childhood diseases. In short, the outcome of Jessica’s trial might just change the world for thousands of families.

Gail and her family are beautiful and brave and it was an honour to write about them. Out now in Best.

Extra big story this week – three pages in Best Magazine. Absolutely love all these champs, writing open letters to their future selves. I love this style of writing, it’s so powerful. We have Claire, advising herself on life after her three eldest sons flew the nest… Tracey, discovering what truly matters in life after fighting cancer (and celebrating the news of a new baby on the way – whoop!) and Lou, a divorcee looking forward to new beginnings in 2018.

Thank you all for working with me and here’s to a wonderful new year x

Here’s a story sure to make you smile! The beautiful family Judy built – her ‘custom made’ family as she describes them! Unable to have children of their own biologically, Judy and Jim set out to adopt. Tom was their first child and they thought he was more than they needed… until they heard about Katie. Both children have Down’s syndrome and both children are excelling and wonderful and keep Jim and Judy on their toes even after all these years. Sounds like family life then…
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An extraordinary family – built their own way. Here we have Regina and Megan writing open letters to each other in Woman Magazine. Regina and her husband adopted Megan and her sister Lily when they were young girls and now that Megan is 18 she felt ready to reflect on what it means to her to be adopted. Megan is a wise and wonderful soul who articulated how much her parents meant to her in such a beautiful way – and Regina was just as gorgeous! They are such a fab family and I was honoured to write this piece celebrating how successful adoption can be.

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Megan and Regina are in this week’s Woman, out now.

I love these sisters – what a super relationship they share. When Melissa could not conceive, big sis Lisa stepped in to offer up her womb. As surrogate, she was able to give Melissa the greatest gift – beautiful twins. I loved Lisa’s sense of humour too – when strangers stopped her to congratulate her on her bump, she’d say: ‘Thanks, they’re my brother-in-law’s babies’ and ‘They’re not mine,’ which is my kind of humour!

Melissa shared their story in Woman’s Own. We wish you the very best with the twins, Melissa!

When you are told you’ll never hear your child utter a single word, hearing them defy doctor’s expectations and tell you that they love you must sound all the sweeter. In today’s Daily Mirror, mum Lydia tells how her children were diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis and, fitted with a tracheotomy each, the chances of her kids ever being able to speak were unlikely.

Lydia’s kids had other ideas. In this incredible story, she explains how they learned to say ‘I love you’ (and many other words!) despite their diagnosis and despite their tracheostomies.

Beautiful photos by Millie Pilkington – out today in the Daily Mirror. You can read the story online here.

If your children have defied expectations and you’d like to celebrate their achievements in a magazine or newspaper, get in touch today.

When you’ve spent the last 18+ years nurturing, feeding and housing your kids, home can feel eerily quiet when they jump ship for pastures new. In Best Magazine this week, we interviewed Jacqueline and Kay, who described how they’re figuring out this new chapter of their lives.

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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.

There’s a worrying trend afoot – children under the age of ten are increasingly being excluded and expelled from their schools. This week, Best Magazine has delved into the rise of expulsions in a reportage piece that lifts the lid on what’s going wrong. We found Toni and Faline, two mums whose lovely sons have experienced this and are no longer welcome at their schools.

School should be somewhere a child should be nurtured and encouraged, not blacklisted. Especially at such a young and pivotal age. Sad times indeed.

Out this week in Best. Thank you Toni and Faline.