Read about Sonia and her mum’s hilarious antics, where she tells personal stories and highlights the issues of growing up with a mentally ill parent.
If you've never had to yank the handbrake from the passenger's seat whilst steering away from a Jaguar on a roundabout and sounding the horn, you've never lived. We did, luckily. Mum was having driving lessons in the 90s and I'd offered to take her out for a quiet...read more
I love surprises. Some people hate them and I often wonder why. I'm still coming down from a week of astounding surprises that have left me, uncharacteristically, speechless. My precious mum's funeral was last Thursday (12th November) and the first thing to share...read more
Buzzing traffic noise and a softly snoring dog woke me this morning and Mum's voice was saying "it's so beautifully sunny, get out there and enjoy it. Do you know that Bognor is the sunniest place in England?". She also told me that she was peaceful and that tears are...read more
Mum, Me and hospitals - not often a good mix. As she's never had to stay in one for any major medical reason, apart from giving birth twice and terrorising the maternity wards with her undiagnosed, off-the-scale crazy PND, she doesn't get why anyone needs to go to...read more
I was four when Mum clapped her hands together, shouted "Oh good" and hugged the doctor who'd just diagnosed my itching, spotty body with chickenpox. Well, that's not very nice is it? Your mum glad that you're ill. I spent the next couple of weeks convinced that my...read more
I met up with my best, best friend from junior school last week, thirty five years after we last saw each other. We'd lost touch and after decades of trying to find him via social media, his old home address and Friends Reunited, up popped his photo on Facebook a...read more
I called Mum earlier to wish her a happy 88th birthday for tomorrow. "I'm NOT going to bingo - I hate it!" she yelled at me. "OK, OK what's the problem with bingo, Mum?" "I HATE bingo and I WON'T go. And I'm NOT fat". A little bit of mental back-tracking and I...read more
Mum wrote me poem about a rainbow when I was little. "Coloured bands of light are bending in the sky, beneath the world's revolving as time and space go by, Shine my little angel in everything you do. When I dream ..." and then the poem stops. No doubt Mum's mind...read more
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My precious mum, Margaret Beldom, passed away peacefully on 12th November. She loved hearing all the stories that people shared about their own lives with people with mental health issues. A new conversation is starting, and it’s extraordinary. Please read “Surprise, surprise” and share some stories of your own.