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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.

Listen … do you wanna know a secret?

Listen … do you wanna know a secret?

Let me whisper in your ear ... I'd love it if you tuned in to the MUMBELIEVABLE podcast, because every little listen helps, and it got me thinking back to my earliest memories of storytelling. My darling mum wasn't very good at bedtime stories as she got bored with...

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Pod’s Honest Truth

Pod’s Honest Truth

hope you enjoy listening – all episodes are available on Spotify, Apple, Android and wherever you usually listen to podcasts. The BEST thing you can do to help this along is to listen, share and recommend the podcast to everyone you know. Cheeky or what? I’ve never been one to demand or ask directly for things as through my life I’ve always been cross with people who’ve tried to blag tickets, autographs or charity celebrity appearances from me just because I’ve tended to work the well know faces. So for once I’m asking you directly if you’d be up for helping.

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MUMFORGETTABLE

MUMFORGETTABLE

"Once met, never forgotten", is one of the phrases used by a special guest on my new MUMBELIEVABLE podcast about our challenging, courageous, confusing and cherished mums.  Margaret was a one-off.  For anyone who met her, she wasn't one of those women who merged into...

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Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb and Custard

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb and Custard

What were your favourite childhood sweets or were you one of the lucky ones whose mum gave them organic carrot sticks and tooth friendly low sugar stuff?  When I was little sherbert lemons and fruit salad chewies were great and...

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RADIO MA MA

“Freddie who?” asked the young consultant when I commented on the brilliance of Mercury’s voice. He’d never heard of Queen which made my joke about Fat Bottom Girls fall flat on its … well, bottom! My mum loved the radio and recorded almost every show I produced...

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Stomach Cake

Stomach Cake

A very short blog to remember my precious mum in the run up to Christmas. I’d spent all night creating this special cake and Mum’s reaction was - Why do the reindeers have Square legs? And His stomach looks like he’s about to explode. We did eventually eat the cake...

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Take five

Take five

Mum passed five years ago and it seems like the day before yesterday. I stayed and talked to her for hours after she died and even though I know she’s gone, I always feel her mischievous presence everywhere. I’m sitting in the chemo clinic waiting for treatment and...

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The chemo chameleon

The chemo chameleon

“You’re just like you’re mother” or “ Meet the mother, know the daughter”. Sentences I lived in dread of hearing until Mum and I came to really understand and honour each other once she reached 80 and was placed by the mental health authorities into a secure care...

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week

I danced, sang, and did anything to distract people from my mum's crazy behaviour and until recently, I thought this was normal and "cute". However, conversations with a therapist who is helping me process the death of four close friends and the sudden passing of my...

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Giant Star

Twinkle, Twinkle, Giant Star

I wrote a little poem for my darling Dad's funeral and nearly got through it without crumbling into a soggy heap. For safety I printed out two sheets of A4 - one with "We apologise for the interruption", followed by "Normal service will be resumed soon." When I lost...

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Writer’s blog

Writer’s blog

"Neither am I." quipped Peter Cook when he met a man who said he was writing a book. A great agent friend of mine said he had a cupboard full of clients who were "just finishing." theirs. My beloved husband is compiling showbiz anecdotes to go into his book and I...

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Flights of Precious Angels

Flights of Precious Angels

When my mumbelievable mum died it felt fitting to remember her with a golden plaque on a wall of remembrance, as she was a woman who spent her life breaking them down. She didn't give a hoot about protocol, socially acceptable behaviour or speaking her mind. The...

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Mumbelievably emotional

Mumbelievably emotional

"It'll be quite emotional", they said. "No, I'm sure it won't." said I. "You'll need to dig deep." they said. "I've spent my lifetime talking about this, so I doubt it." said I. "Do you ever listen to grown-ups?" they asked. "Rarely" said I. Deep down, I've always...

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Makeup, Making Up and Making it Up

Makeup, Making Up and Making it Up

When we got to the elephant enclosure Mum disappeared for a few minutes and re-appeared with a bag full of pastries which we all fed to the elephants. Nobody questioned it and we were all about to move on when a security guard “had a word” with Mum and looked quite serious. It turned out that she had gone into the canteen, found people who were eating pastries and convinced them to hand them over so we could feed the elephants with them. Somebody complained, hence security guard, but as nothing had been stolen and people had actually handed over said pastries, there was no case to be answered. Mum had apparently called the security guard “Grumpy guts” as we all made our way to the penguins and it wasn’t until Sara re-told the story that I vaguely remembered the incident.

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About Sonia’s Mum

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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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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