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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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Prognosis vs Reality

Today I read a heart-breaking plea from another Mum. Her child had just been diagnosed…

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When equipment arrives and emotions run high

So, after years of fighting and begging, a mobile hoist has arrived and I am at once…

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Raising kids with special needs: Get bitter or get better

​I’m often told that I have an amazing attitude towards Sam’s disabilities,…

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Raising kids with special needs: Forms, forms and more bloody forms

I am uttering a plea now to anyone who’s listening – please God, no more…

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Raising kids with special needs: MY birthday wish!

It’s an annual battle – what to get the child who already has masses…

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Special Needs Mums: Why we detest winter!

​When I was younger, I loved winter. I love all the fun things that go on –…

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Raising Kids with Special Needs: When you’re sleep deprived…

​This week is not going to be fun in any way shape or form.

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Special Needs Parenting: The Truth Hurts

​So this week I’ve had the unenviable task of keeping a detailed diary for…

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The Power of Communication

​We’ve had a very rough day. Little dude incredibly miserable, chesty, sounding…

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Starting School: A letter to my son

​Well, little one.  Who’d have thought four years ago that you’d…

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Special Needs Parenting: When things go wrong

As special needs families we are in an incredibly vulnerable position as we search…

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Special Needs Parenting: When you’re stopped in your tracks

I know I’m not alone when I say that there are moments when a simple comment…

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Life will find a way

After the chaos of Sam’s procedure being cancelled at the 11th hour last week…

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Special Needs Parenting: Things ain’t all bad

​A tricky week in our household has just been survived – little man hasn’t…

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Special Needs Parenting: I will not be sad today

I will not be sad today.

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Special Needs Parenting: Trusting someone else to care

​Big news today…for the first time I had to come into work this morning…

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What ifs, what onlys and the 10 things that make me happy!

​There is no getting away from the fact that being a carer is damn hard. …

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Special Needs Daily Battles

​When life is just, well, MEH.

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Making therapy fun!

​Sam has taught me many things in his 4 years so far. One of them is to have fun.

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Therapy Pets: Service Dogs

​​This month life has become considerably more chaotic with the arrival of a…

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Special Needs Fundraising: Those wonderful wish granters…

A year ago, I filled in an application to the Make a Wish charity, not really believing…

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Pick self up, dust self off, special needs style…

After having a bit of a pity party for one, I’ve now dragged myself off the…

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My Special Needs Wish List

It's been a funny week one way or another. Sam's doing brilliantly on a blended…

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The blended diet

For those who don’t have a super tubie like Sam in their lives, the blended…

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When it all goes to @$%£!

There are days when I feel like I could take on the world.  Today is not one…

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Epilepsy - The medication juggling act

In many ways, having a child with special needs is no different to having a typical…

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The case of the teleporting cat… and where has our crockery gone??!

A week ago saw the Big Move happen, Team Sam are now happily ensconced in our new…

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When time stops still for a moment

There are four words which, when said together, never cease to make me see red and…

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Hidden cost

One of the biggest irritations to me is why everything special needs is more expensive…

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