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Carolyn Voisey

Slightly bonkers mum to a superhero. I live in the Midlands with my best friend and soulmate Jonathan, our son Sam and a menagerie of animals. Our lives are chaotic but full of laughter and fun as we learn about life and love through the eyes of a medically complex child

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Home from Home

Until Sam was born I didn’t really know about children’s hospices; I…

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It’s Time to Talk about Toilets

It should come as no surprise to anyone to read that when you’ve gotta go,…

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In Honour of the Superhumans

No, I’m not referring here to the men and women who compete in the Paralympics…

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Eco-Friendly

For most people, seeing That episode of Blue Planet 2 was probably the first time…

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Little Acts of Kindness

I always want to see the good in people; irritatingly, I have often been disappointed. 

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Please would someone stop the world for a moment?

Because I want to get off. 2016 was brutal and its friend 2017 has not been pleasant…

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The Mystery of the Blue Badge

There is obviously something mysterious and complex about the Blue Badge. Ah yes,…

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The struggle is real

The inevitable has happened and Sam has come down with the Dreaded Lurgy. 

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It can’t just be me…can it?

I count myself incredibly lucky. Not only is my husband my best friend, but we have…

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Special Needs Parenting: Side effects may include

There are occasions which don’t so much as pull the rug out from under our…

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Tired and Grumpy, and that’s just Mummy

I believe the appropriate word is ugg.

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When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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Winter is Coming

I have a nasty feeling that winter chez Voisey isn’t going to be nice… 

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When a Seizure Doesn’t Look like a Seizure

It seems these days that every month has at least 3 different good causes vying for…

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Special Needs Families: When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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Feeling the Pressure

After something of a hiatus over summer it’s good to be back as a (relatively)…

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Invisible Disability, Invisible Child?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it?  

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Special Needs Parents: Does he ever laugh?

It was an innocent enough question, asked by a little boy who I am incredibly fond…

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Special Needs Parenting: The trauma of change

And no, this time I’m not talking about the weather.

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Special Needs Parenting: Ambushed

My heart aches today. Not for any particular reason, it just does.

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Awards and Conflicting Emotions

And lo, we are in the summer term and it’s only a few more weeks until the…

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Changing Seasons

The way the UK weather is behaving you’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve…

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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What Really Matters

How do I explain to people who don’t understand that for all his issues, my…

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Being a Working Mum

Alternatively, In Praise of the Stay at Home Dad.

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5 Things I Would Like People to Know

As far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family… so stated the sign…

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The Great Clear Out

There is one thing I pretty much loathe doing.

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