The (not so) Great North Run – Part 2

I had started the morning of the 9th September 2018 with a run plan, yet I crossed the start line of the Great North Run with my plan in tatters. My GPS had not found its signal and it was going from bad to worse as my overpriced wireless earphones weren’t working. Well at least,…

The (not so) Great North Run – Part 1

Sunday 9th September 2018 The day I completed my second Great North Run. Thirteen point one miles (and believe me the 0.1 mile does count for everything) running the streets from Newcastle through to South Shields. For years, despite encouragement, I’ve always declined the offer to take part in a half marathon as although I…

Dear School

Dear School As we approach the last year of my son’s primary education with you, I need you to know how I feel about this important year. Not only is it Joseph’s last year at your school, it’s his last year in a mainstream setting. We made the decision jointly last year, that a specialist…

Just Winging It

There are days I wish I could erase, and this photograph speaks a thousand words of a Mum who isn’t afraid to admit that some days I struggle to hold it all together and it’s okay not to be okay. The days when I finish the day as a broken woman, are the ones I…

Follow My Nose

A few weeks back Zoe picked up a funny phrase ‘follow my nose’. I’m not sure where she heard it but it had us in stitches when she says it and insist we follow her while she is sniffing like a dog looking for a bone! It got me thinking about the importance of actually…

School’s Out For Summer

Yesterday was Joseph’s penultimate day at school before the summer break and we got to school a little earlier before all of the other children arrived. Joseph bounced into school barely giving me a second glance. For some parents they might be a little irked at that but for me, I was smiling that Joseph…

Legend

There are so many reasons as to why an autistic child performing in a dance show simply won’t work. The lights, sounds, change of routine, the different people – the amount of people. But for my son, it simply just works. This weekend he took part in his third dance show ‘Legends’ with his wonderful dance group…

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…