'You're really good at taking care of us, Mum’. A simple sentence, but when my little boy said it to me after he fell and cut his leg, I felt absolutely amazing. The number of times I’ve felt like a crap Mum, because I can’t run around with my children any more or because I’ve… Continue reading I Am Enough
It's only Wednesday, and I have had a pretty eventful week so far. Many of you may know that I am currently off on long term sick leave from work and have been since May; I was struggling so much in regards to fatigue and mobility in work that I suddenly just felt that couldn't… Continue reading Back to Work and (Almost) Famous!
My children have only ever known me as their Mum with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I was diagnosed 14 years before my first child was born and, although I was physically very well for the first few years of my children's lives, they claim they can't remember me not having MS symptoms. I have always been… Continue reading 5 Ways That I Help My Children To Understand MS
When I saw that Natalie from Surviving Life's Hurdles tagged me in a post about 'Rocking Motherhood', I felt both flattered and a bit nervous. If you ask my husband, one of the biggest things that I worry about is being a good mum to our kids (aged 9 and 7) despite me having MS. I stress… Continue reading Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness
So, we have survived my daughter's 7th birthday party! A couple of months ago, I decided to mistakenly ask her what she wanted to do for her birthday: a lovely family day out at the beach? A trip to see Disney on Ice? Going to a pottery studio? No! A pizza party at home with a few… Continue reading Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents
A fabulous post by Old House in the Shires on how to encourage kindness and develop self esteem in our kids Source: How to teach kindness and build the self esteem of our children.
"Mummy, I don't like my tummy...it looks fat." Imagine my horror when my 6 - year old daughter (yes, I said 6) said this to me the other day while I was helping her apply her nightly eczema cream. Apparently, a child in her class had commented that it looked as though she had… Continue reading ‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness
Another recipe from me which I just felt that I had to share. Not least because both kids cleared their plates, with no cajoling or bribery needed. This risotto is: creamy comforting filling healthy plant-based I use the oven baking method, so no need to stand over the hot cooker. Vegan parmesan (made from cashews,… Continue reading A Child-Approved Green Veg Risotto
I would love to able to say that I am mega-super-organised at this time of year; that I have bought and wrapped my presents, menu planned and arranged exciting Christmas crafts for the kids, so I can sit back, relax and crack open the mulled wine. But the reality is that I have done some shopping and… Continue reading Surviving – and enjoying – the holidays when you have a chronic illness
It is very easy for me to dwell on how much my life has changed since my MS symptoms started emerging, about 5 years ago. My walking has recently deteriorated further and I am really noticing how much every day activities, such as climbing the stairs, are becoming a struggle. But I can't spend too long thinking… Continue reading Counting my blessings