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Sonia's Mum

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Sonia’s Story

Sonia’s Mum is a transformational love story between a mentally complex mother and the daughter who adored her. I want to share these deeply personal and funny stories so that we can raise awareness for how challenging it is for many people who’ve had mentally ill parents and have struggled to come to terms with their own issues.

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Talkin’ ’bout my generation gap

I'm trying to get my head round the fact that my grandmother actually gave birth to me. If you're born with all your ovarian eggs then your mum will have developed hers in her own mother's womb. No surprise then that the resemblances between the generations of...

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Look write

  Mum was always writing strange things in odd places as dementia kicked in. Her new coat had all the names of her carers written upside down on the front which puzzled me for a while until I realised she was writing the names so that she could see them while she...

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Tickets and Brick-its

Mum - "Hello Handsome Station Master, my precious angel just wants a breath of fresh air before getting back on the train." Me - (in my head) "No I don't". Then (smiling at station master to stop the inevitable Mum meltdown) "Just for a little while." Station Master...

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A mother brick in the wall

What does your name say about you? I've had the polite "could you spell that please?" and the insulting "Blimey - did you ever think of changing it?" Today I found the true meaning of "it's got your name on it" when I saw my mum's name on a brick in a wall. Not...

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A mother brick in the wall

What does your name say about you? I've had the polite "could you spell that please?" and the insulting "Blimey - did you ever think of changing it?" Today I found the true meaning of "it's got your name on it" when I saw my mum's name on a brick in a wall. Not...

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Temple Tantrums

Now that the Christmas decorations are coming down and the New Year is well and truly on its way I'm wondering what 2019 will bring and how it will feel without my beloved Mum. I know she'd be urging me to write our story, get more sleep, turn out the un-necessary...

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Tell your story!

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.

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