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A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

Dear Vicky, If you only you knew just how much life would give you, you would worry so much less. I know right now exams and school work seem like the most important thing in the world. You can’t imagine a world after university – or even really what being there will be like. You…

Maybe, Just Maybe, Love Can Win

As I child growing up at the time of the IRA, I remember another explosion in Manchester. That of the Arndale Centre. At the time we lived half an hour’s drive from the city. But it was many years before we went in again. My mum was terrified and simply decided it wasn’t worth the…

What If There Aren’t Any Answers?

An apple as they say doesn’t stray far from the tree. And my daughter’s need for a black and white world with concrete answers undoubtedly comes from me. When she was diagnosed with Asperger’s, it provided us with a route, a direction a guide map. We not only understood the difficulties she might face in…

What Is a Normal Anyway?

This morning I phoned our feeding coordinator. She is a lovely lady and over the last few months has been our one steady rock in the stormy seas we have travelled. She has bludgeoned doctors into taking us seriously and fought Number Two’s corner. But more than that, she has become a sounding board, someone…

What Kind Of A World Do We Really Want?

As the news once again revolves around the election, and the politicians state their cases, I cannot help but think they are all missing the point. They argue about specific policies, call each other names and tell us what the country needs. But as I sit and listen, I’m not really sure that any of…