To you, When you arrived on Christmas Day last year I truly didn’t know where we were headed. Even though we had been non stop messaging and chatting on the phone, we hadn’t actually seen each other in nearly twenty years. I opened the door to you my ex husband, and my life has not … More An open letter to my ex husband.
This morning I was sent a shocking article to read in The Shields Gazette. Not only am I shocked by it but I’m also incensed. Apparently homeless people in South Tyneside could be fined £100 if they accept food or drink from passers by. Under the new rules these vulnerable people face a fixed penalty … More The shocking truth about homelessness.
My daughter, who is seventeen, wrote this very poignant poem. With her permission, I am publishing it here. It’s poignant because she is on the autism spectrum with Aspergers and this is her view of the world. She’s not only my daughter but she’s my best friend too. Below is my open letter to her. … More AS A MUM.
Regardless of what I have suffered throughout my life, I am grateful. Every single morning when I wake up I say silently to myself that I am grateful for this new day. It is literally my first thought. I say it not just because its true but because I firmly believe that we can influence … More Gratitude, happiness and the Universe.
So you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. If your story is anything like mine, you felt unwell for a long time, you visited the doctor on several occasions with different symptoms, maybe you got given a prescription for antibiotics or anti inflammatory meds once in a while. Maybe you started to feel that they were thinking … More Fibromyalgia. What it really feels like.
In 1998 I married a narcissist. I did not know that he was a narcissist at the time. In fact I didn’t know what a narcissist was but I did recognise that something wasn’t right with him right from the very beginning. Of course I know now that I should have run away from the … More The Narcissistic Ex.
Back in 2015 Brandon O’Neill wrote a blog for The Spectator chronicling the case of pianist James Rhodes and his victory in court overturning a legal injunction which was preventing him from publishing his child abuse memoir. It is a particularly harrowing account of sexual abuse which leaves little to the imagination. Not only does … More Abuse victims. Writing their truth.
I have lost my mother and I am hurting. From a very young age I feared losing her. I was terrified of my father and my mum was my protector. She was there for me and I was there for her. When she was troubled I listened. When my father announced he was leaving I … More Narcissistic mother and abandonment.
My entire blog site is meant to be positive and inspirational but it also contains the heading ‘Telling it like it is.’ I write about things that either affect me or matter to me and I do tell it like it is. The only difference is that I look for the positives in every situation … More Britains Benefits System.
If you suffer with health anxiety then you’ll know what a lonely illness it is. Whilst there are forums online where other sufferers offer support, often what we want to write about will be a trigger for someone else. Or maybe you are like me and are terrified of such places in case you read … More Health anxiety a new way of coping.