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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.

For advice about adoption, visit www.adoptionuk.org

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

Janine is one of the most wonderful people I have ever written about. I just wish that I wasn’t writing about the heartbreaking circumstances Janine finds herself in. We’ve worked together lots now and she is the funniest, warmest, most loveliest woman ever. Her daughters have inherited all those beautiful traits and also have a way with words that puts me to shame – check out the letter they wrote their mum in the attached article.

Janine has secondary incurable cancer. She has a hell of a fight on her hands but fight she does. Meanwhile, she’s also raising awareness of the importance of women (and men) checking their bodies for lumps and bumps regularly – making a boobie date once a month. Check out Janine’s website here. 

She’s also frantically raising money for her own treatment plan because the NHS is out of options for her. So if you can spare any pennies, click through to Janine’s site and donate.

Read Janine’s story in this week’s Woman Magazine. And here she is winning Mum Idol in the Sun on Mother’s Day. A most deserving accolade for this SuperMum!

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

DSUOwoman (Medium)Super pleased with this three page extravaganza in Woman magazine this week! Down’s syndrome has been in the news a lot in the last few months because the NHS has approved a new antenatal test that will make diagnosis easier to detect. The Down’s syndrome community fear that the NHS approach to delivering this diagnosis is not up to date and realistic. It is, sadly, still delivered to parents in an outdated, often rude and terrifying way.

If prenatal diagnosis is going to become more common, the NHS needs to review the way the news is delivered. The old leaflets don’t portray a realistic future for children who have Down’s syndrome today. This has got to change. And that’s what we’re campaigning for here and across numerous media platforms. Tell it right, start it right.

I am so proud of my work writing about the Down’s syndrome community. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch today.

We love to celebrate friendships because where would any of us be without them? They’re the foundation of life! Here we have the wonderful Lou celebrating her friendships with Sarah. Life is full of trials and tribulations, but when you have a support network around you, it’s easier to keep on trucking – and so lovely to see friends give each other a shout out!

If you have a friendship you’d like to celebrate, get in touch today.

Lou’s story is in Woman Magazine this week.

This is the heartbreaking story of twins Harry and Jessica, growing up side by side, their mannerisms mirrored in everything they did. Just looking at their photos makes my heart burst. Sadly, when Harry was five years old, he suffered a fatal asthma attack. Jess is 12 now and growing up without her twin, there’s someone missing from her photos these days. But the duo had those five wonderful years together.

 

In Harry’s memory, mum Odette has set up Harry’s Rainbow, to support other families in similar circumstances. Please do visit their website, donate, get involved, help in any way you can.

Odette shared her story with Woman magazine. If you’d like to share yours, please get in touch today.

Jamie was an absolute joy to work with. Not only because I adored listening to her dulcet American accent while we talked, but because she’d learned so much from her experience of nearly divorcing her husband and was so insightful and graceful. Reflecting on our relationships is never easy but Jamie styled it out with aplomb and we very much hope sharing her story helps other couples facing a tough time in their marriage, to communicate and persevere.

If you’d like to share a story about marriage, relationships and communication, please do get in touch today.

It is without doubt the proudest achievement of my career, to continue to write so many wonderful stories about and for the Down’s syndrome community. Last year I wrote a blog looking back on all the stories I’d published, to mark World Down’s Syndrome Day. So here I am again as the collection continues to grow!

I am honoured that so many people in the Down’s syndrome community put their trust in me. Telling stories with person-first language, ensuring sensitivity and tact are employed throughout the journey and helping to spread a powerful message, I am humbled to be a small part of a lovely army. The message is more important than ever – this year saw the NHS introduce a new antenatal Down’s syndrome test. Would a world that eradicates disabilities and thus, that which makes some of us a little bit different, really be a better place?

Click here to see more of the stories I worked on this year… Read more

Here’s our Laura again, having previously told her story in Fabulous, now in Woman magazine, explaining how much she struggles to make friends as an adult. In the fast paced, crazy world of social media, it’s easy to think everyone has a thousand friends and everyone’s having a great time, but as Laura explains, the truth isn’t always as simple as that. Laura has spoken out with such courage – it’s not easy to admit you don’t have any friends. And her story serves to remind us all that it’s our real world friendships that matter most.

I really enjoy writing stories about friendship, I think they are the cornerstone to every woman’s life. So if you have a friendship story you’d like to share, please get in touch today. Laura’s been an absolute delight to work with and we have even become friends in the process!

Tomorrow marks World Down’s Syndrome Day 2015. It’s on the 21st March because the number 21 is the magic number… Chromosome 21 is one of the 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. People normally have two copies of this chromosome. The trisomy of the 21st chromosome causes Down’s syndrome.

On the 21st March people across the world unite to celebrate Down’s syndrome. Once feared, understanding and acceptance has become more common place now. It’s hard to believe that people who had Down’s syndrome used to be institutionalised. But those were different times.

I’ve been working with the Down’s syndrome community for years, ever since I met a very special lady called Susan who shared her story with me. We’re still friends to this day and I’ve watched her family grow with awe. I thought I’d mark WDSD by posting some of my favourite stories that I’ve had the honour of working on, in my continued quest to celebrate families in the Down’s syndrome community and help educate and inform the general public about what life with a child who has Down’s syndrome could actually be like.

So thank you Susan, Michelle, Helen, and all the lovely mums who have allowed me into your world. Happy Down’s Syndrome Day! Please click the link to see just some of the stories I’ve worked on – pretty proud of this!

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