In Loving Memory and New Beginnings

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 stories of your own.

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Listen here to Sonia speaking with Jeremy Vine on his BBC Radio 2 show about the blog, her mum’s hilarious antics, taking listener questions and highlighting the issues with growing up with a mentally ill parent.

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Mum? Where? Over the Rainbow

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...

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Daft dog names

"Come along Simon." This is Leila Mum, she's a girl dog. "Hello Simon. You're lovely aren't you?" Leila, Mum, her name's Leila. Mum and Leila (Simon) are now super buddies. The intuition thing in dogs is astounding isn't it? When I took Leila to meet Mum she...

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Dog Day Afternoon

Leila has arrived and it's like we've had her forever. She's a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix and we adore her, more than we ever thought we'd love an animal. Mum's doggie dream has finally come true as she has always wanted me to have one for some reason. She wasn't that...

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Sorry seems to be the easiest word

Sorry – for walking in front of you. Sorry – for you letting me go first. Sorry, sorry, sorry. Why do we Brits say it all the time and rarely mean it? It’s a bit like ‘fine’ when we probably mean the opposite. Funny old thing, language. Tony & I have come to Spain for a couple of weeks and when I told Mum she said “Sorry you’re having to go all that way”.

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Here comes the bride

Mum is enthralled with watching a repeat of the the royal wedding, but thinks the venue is rather odd. "It's a bit of a knockdown place don't you think?" sniffs my Mum.  A knockdown place Mum?  I'm not sure what you mean.  "Knockdown, you know!"  She's sounding...

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What’s in the the box?

A little pile of plain digestive biscuits, a cheeky smile and my mum's soft hand encasing mine - these are the presents I love.  In the old days she used to buy the most extraordinary array of gifts from extravagant to plain loopy.   Everything had a reason somewhere...

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About Sonia’s Mum

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Sonia Beldom is the daughter of a mischievous, hilariously insightful and loving mother with mental health issues. Years of erratic behaviour led to her mum being sectioned and diagnosed with bi-polar, frontal lobe abnormality, BPD & anxiety when at age 80. Sonia’s mum is one of a lost generation of women who went un-diagnosed in the 60s & 70s, when mental health issues weren’t properly addressed or discussed openly.  These stories aim to give strength and support to anyone with a family member who has mental health issues.
It’s a transformational love story between an extraordinary mother and her daughter who adores her – despite her off-the-scale embarrassing behaviour and hilarious views on life.

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