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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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The power of food… the wonders lurking in the spice cupboard

So, it has been a year now since Sam began to have real food blended and fed to him…

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World of Country Life visitor attraction

I will say this first off – it is not cheap to get in! When we went (May 2016)…

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Does having a disabled child make you a disabled family?

I’d never really thought about this until a few weeks ago, when my husband…

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Holiday parks… not as accessible as you’d think!

As previous family fund recipients, we decided to give Haven a try with Sam, while…

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Holidaying… with a tubie

I am really quite excited… in a just a few weeks we’re off on our holidays!…

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When the goalposts change

So last week we had an appointment that rather turned everything upside down……

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The Marvellous Scooot

Just before Christmas we decided to invest in a Scooot for the little man; he’s…

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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: 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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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 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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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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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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The blended diet

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

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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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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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In praise of the P-pod

Oh, how much do we love this piece of kit?!  For those who don’t know,…

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When family can’t or won’t help

We’ve been very lucky since Sam’s arrival - my parents have been incredibly…

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Pressure

I’m so scared of getting things wrong these days. Worrying about Sam’s…

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The joys of school transport

Really, how hard can it be to sort out school transport?!  Do other SEN families…

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