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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Surprise, surprise

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...

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What would Mum say?

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...

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Cabbage Water, anyone?

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...

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Half past four, dear

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...

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Ignore her and she might go away

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...

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Birthday Bingo

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...

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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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