Putting The Step Into Parenting

On numerous occasions I’ve heard the saying that being a parent is the toughest job ever. I would disagree; being a step-parent is considerably harder. You’re already entering an established relationship and if you’re a parent yourself, you’ll be going into it with your own style, which can be somewhat different to your new partner’s. You’re…

Educating Joseph

A huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Today, I can breathe again. Today, we confirmed our choice of school for Joseph for Year 7. Today, I realised that I am no longer fearful of the future and accepting that next year Joseph will be educated within a specialist provision. And that’s actually fine….

The NHS is 70 AND I’m Thankful

Today the sun is shining and I’m thankful. I’m thankful that I have an incredible support network and I’m thankful for the NHS. My last post needed a follow up to ensure that those near and far had somewhat of an ending to the story. I was kicking cancer in the arse because, I’d been…

Cancer Can Kiss My Arse

I have rewritten the opening paragraph at least 13 times now and still can’t find the correct way to describe the situation that I’ve been dealing with over the last few weeks or whether I want to expose so much of my own vulnerable self. My life is literally a cliched rollercoaster with overly dramatic…

Making The Best Of It

As Tina has said before on her blog, people love a feel good story.  Stories where good people try hard and overcome obstacles to end up in a better place.  But sometimes life doesn’t work like that does it. Sometimes the bad outweighs the good This story begins with a girl who should have been…

How I’m Learning To Accept That Sometimes My Best Is Good Enough

There are many things that I want to talk about in life, yet this particular blog is not always the most appropriate place to share those elements. I wanted this blog to purely be about autism and dedicated another blog to much of those ‘random’ posts where I felt the need to get something off…

We’ll Take On This Life Together – Autism, My Son And Me

Six years ago, I was a relatively new autism parent. To be honest, I still felt like a new parent, navigating my way around a world full of vomit, shit and soft play when Joseph’s diagnosis was handed to us like a shit sandwich. I have a friend who writes about the use of language and…

Fear Of An Autism Label

Ever since we have ever known about autism there has always almost been a fear of a diagnosis, not necessarily the diagnosis itself but the ‘label’. In the early days, I didn’t want to believe that my daughter had autism as I didn’t know what that meant for her and that scared me. After many…

Autism – It’s Not Always What You Think

I am longing for the day that this word doesn’t consume my mind. Maybe other people are also longing for the day that it doesn’t consume my mind. Actually I don’t really share much ‘autism talk’ with many people at all. I dont know why. I knew such a long time ago that we were…