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Ceri-Ann Brown

My name is Ceri-Ann Brown and I live in Stockport, Manchester. I live with the love of my life Phil, my amazing daughter (Amy-Rose) and my giant guinea pig Vito. I care for Amy full time and work one day a week in an office/call centre. In my spare time (ha!) I like to blog, read, play video games and listen to rock music. I have a huge love of coffee, animals, and nice days out with the people who matter.

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Accessibility and Inclusion Shouldn’t be a Luxury

Now that Amy is a sizeable child days out are becoming more of a challenge when it…

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Special Needs Parenting: When she’s not there

My identity as me and not just mum!

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Special Needs Parenting: Why is she Doing This??

"Why is she doing this?"; A question I have found myself asking since Amy…

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Special Needs Families: The stress of moving house

I read somewhere that moving house is only second to divorce in the list of "most…

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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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A Proper Holiday

We had our first "proper" holiday a few months ago. I've been wanting…

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Will she Always Have that Tube?

If I had a £1 for every time I was asked that question.

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Our New Badge

When I was a child I had these little books with photographs in and each time you…

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World Health Day

I am advised that April the 7th is "World Health Day". This makes…

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I Have Learned a Lesson

I have learned a lesson recently. A few things have happened that have led me to…

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We Must Always Be Kind

When I was pregnant so many people said to me "get used to no sleep!!"…

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Perspective

It's all a matter of perspective. This is what I keep having to tell myself when…

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Why winter isn’t party season for Special Needs Parents

You may remember a while back when I wrote a post celebrating the wonders of autumn. 

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How to Act when around someone in a Wheelchair.

Ha! My title for this post was a trick. 

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A special needs mum’s inner monologue…

If you treated your close friends and family how you treated yourself how do you…

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Age is but a Number

It's almost Christmas and the special needs bloggers are out in force with recommendations…

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Special Needs Parenting: What I think of equipment

The last week or so has been a real eye opener for me. 

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Comparison is the thief of joy: Special Needs Parenting

Recently someone somewhere (who knows it may even have been a dream!) posted a quote:…

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I am THAT mum now

I am that mum that goes to every venue shamelessly sussing out what is and isn't…

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We NEED an accessible home

I have never liked riddles. I have never liked problem solving, quizzes, crosswords,…

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Halloween in a CP world

Lately, I seem to be suffering with grumpy negative whinger disease. Honestly, I…

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September is NICU Awareness Month

You may have already noted that it is awareness of awareness month. I am kidding…

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Autumn

It's a bit of a stereotype that the British are obsessed with the weather, talking…

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We made it folks!

We made it through the summer holidays to September! Congratulations all! This is…

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‘Me time’: Worry and Guilt

For me, feelings of guilt was an unexpected part of the parenting package. You know…

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On Loss, Pregnancy and the Future

Some time ago I wrote a post about how we perceive time and how as humans we seem…

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You either laugh or you cry

Recently as part of my occasional 'existential crisis'-style night-worrying, it…

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Our world is one of chaos, uncertainty and . . . gratitude

It would be an understatement to say that the last few months have been chaotic.…

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Surviving Chronic Stress as a Special Needs Parent

It goes without saying. Being a parent is stressful no matter what needs a child…

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