• Mental Matters,  Speak Up

    There Is No Age Limit On Self Harm

    The first time my mum saw the angry red welts on my arms she walked away from me, her head held down and tears in her eyes. I guess she didn’t understand the whys and to be honest, neither did I. I don’t remember the first time I drew a blunt pair of scissors (my favoured instrument of pain) across my arms or legs. I knew that to make sure I didn’t need medical attention I’d have to use something that wouldn’t necessarily cause the skin to open and bleed but the pain and the raised red welts it left was enough of a satisfying outcome for me. I didn’t…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Mental Matters,  Parenting

    5 Reasons Why I Know My Child Has Autism

      When we told our friends and family that we believe Olive has autism, the responses were varied. We faced questions such as, “Are you sure?” or, “But she seems fine though.” (what even is fine?) But those that know us best, they trusted that we wouldn’t just throw ourselves head first into the diagnosis process (which can take YEARS) without being absolutely sure of it ourselves. 1. Her emotional response does not match the situation Olive really struggles with her emotions. There are times when she just bursts into tears for what is seemingly the slightest thing. There was a moment when I didn’t ask the takeaway for curry…

  • 5 WHYZ,  Parenting,  Speak Up

    5 Reasons Why Being The Parent Of A Disabled Child Sucks

    1.     We Spend Far Too Much Time In Hospital. We have hospital appointments in several different hospitals for my 2 disabled children, plus emergency A&E visits where my baby, more often than not, is admitted for the night. We have had so many hospital admissions, all the children’s nurses at the hospital recognise my baby. They know her bedtime routines, what brand of formula she likes to drink, the lovely people who bring round her food know exactly what she likes for breakfast and that she’d rather eat a cheese sandwich than a cooked meal for lunch. 2.      Life Can Be So Isolating I once had a…