Bipolar Disorder |A Diagnosis Prompted by a Baby

When my little boy was born I really struggled in a way that I could never have anticipated. I was so incredibly excited in the run-up to his birth but his delivery did not go well and I ended up having to go into theatre under a general anaesthetic. My visions of skin-to-skin and seeing…

Loneliness | In Early Motherhood

When my little boy was six months old we moved to Edinburgh and a flat in a lovely neighbourhood bustling with young families. We were lucky to be in such a nice area and I thought I would make friends easily as usual and enjoy the vast number of toddler groups and classes. I’m normally…

Bad Skin in Pregnancy | Mood Changer

One of the things that really can alter my mood for the worst is when I have skin breakouts and I think it stems from my twenties when I suddenly developed spots having had the most amazing complexion whilst many of my teenage counterparts had acne. When I found out that I was pregnant for…

My Baby Has Cancer | Entry 2

Cara’s first stay in hospital lasted for four weeks going from the initial investigations to her first round of chemotherapy. Looking back this was probably the most difficult time for us as a family because of the sudden switch to such a serious situation and the venerability we felt for Cara’s life was so hard…

Keeping Sane | In times of Trauma

I’ve had days when it all gets too much but the coping strategies I’m using day to day have really helped me to face and even enjoy a ‘new normal’. Life is different but it’s still got so many opportunities for happiness.

Parenting Alone | Finding Support

  In my experience parenting alone, whether you’re a single parent or your partner works away, can be a very lonely business. I’ve spoken about my experience of loneliness in early parenthood but this can be a different feeling altogether. I’ve talked with lots of my friends about this issue as so many more families…

My Baby Has Cancer – Entry 1

On the 30th of September 2017 I took my daughter into the urgent care unit of our local hospital and waited whilst she writhed in pain after another sleepless night. For the last few months Cara, who had been a wonderful sleeper since a few months old, had been waking in the night screaming more…