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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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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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Not All Friends Stick Around When Your Child has a Disability

If you cannot be there for someone through their worst times, then you certainly…

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When People ask “Will She Ever…(eat/walk/talk/sit etc)?” - Raising a Child with a Disability

It is natural as human beings to be curious of others, particular when those others…

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Why do we have to fight for everything?

Recently it would seem that I am incapable of resolving any of the things on my ever-growing…

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Why You MUST Accept Help - Raising Children with Disabilities

Of all the things we have adapted to in this journey the thing I least expected to…

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“You’re Doing Great!” - Raising Children with Special Needs

One of the things I quickly learned about becoming a parent is that it isn’t…

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Finding Happiness on the Special Needs Rollercoaster

Today my heart burst with adoration, love and pride for my little Amy-Rose. You see…

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Worry: The Special Needs Parent’s Friend & Enemy

I am a worrier. I have always been a worrier. I come from a family of worriers.

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When People ask what is “wrong” with my Daughter

Until Amy came into our lives, I hadn’t quite realised just how nosey…

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Reflux/GERD – The diagnosis that is hard to swallow. My daughter and her battle with GERD.

So I was falsely led to believe that this month is “GERD awareness month”…apparently…

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A Poem About A Very Special Little Girl

Here is something a little different from what I usually post. I wrote this poem…

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Finding Your Place in the Dark – Getting the Right Information as an SN Parent

Picture this: You are placed in a pitch black room that you have never been in before…

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Becoming a full time carer for my daughter with Cerebral Palsy

A few years ago; before all of this, I was very much a free spirit, very excitable…

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Cerebral Palsy Parenting & Guilt

I learned a while a go that parenthood brings a lot of different emotions and feelings;…

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The Ominous “First Year”

There is nothing in the world that can quite prepare you for the journey you embark…

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The Internet – A Special Needs Parent’s Best Friend

Technology never fails to amaze me. Not just the medical technology that exists that…

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The Day we Received Amy’s Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Nothing can quite prepare you for the array of emotions you will feel when given…

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Blended Diet for Tube Fed Kids – Our Journey

If you had told me this time last year that I would be tube feeding my child 100%…

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