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Ger Smyth

I'm Ger, a mammy to three amazing boys and wife to a computer nerd D. We are learning to live ,love and laugh since Ethan was diagnosed with Hunter syndrome in 2008.

http://geraldinerenton.com/

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Comfee Seat

We started the process months ago.We talked about it.

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The Electric Wheelchair

We’ve had it for almost two years now. At first it was daunting; going out…

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MPS Awareness Day

It’s the same date every year.15th of May.

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Decisions

It is mentioned over and over.  It is put into conversation with doctors, physiologists…

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Letters from my Brother

He looked at me. I knew he had it.

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Happiness Is

Happiness is the quiet moment hidden in the blur of a busy day.

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St Patrick’s Day

Internationally celebrated. Our small island and our patron Saint, St. Patrick celebrated…

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Special Needs Parenting: The Perfect Potion

Today class , we are going to make ‘parents of kiddies with special or extra…

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Everything changes, yet nothing changes…

There's one doctor, well she's not really a doctor, she hasn’t the…

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Have you ever bought a toy that did far more than it says on the box?

It was supposed to be a stocking filler, you know that last minute thing you buy…

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What I learnt in 2016

Dear 2016, 

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To my kin

When you’re thrown into the world of ‘syndrome’ or any disability, you…

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Leaving: It is never easy

It is never as simple as let's ‘just go’. I often envy the pictures…

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Summer Survival Kit

As a parent of three boys, each with their own unique needs and wants - I have come…

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Rare Disease Say: What MPS type 2 Hunter Syndrome means to us….

As Rare Disease Day approaches, I thought I’d write about MUCOPOLYSACCHARIDOSIS (MPS). 

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The Compassion of a Special Needs Sibling

I sat across from his teacher. I was anxious about what she was going to tell…

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The Compassion of a Special Needs Sibiling

I sat across from his teacher. I was anxious about what she was going to tell…

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Parenting kids with Special Needs: Meltdowns

There's a secret world within the world of parenting a child with special needs;…

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Kids with Special Needs: So what? It’s just a pair of shoes!

There are a number of reasons we don’t do certain everyday things with Ethan.

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Parents of kids with special needs versus Adults with disabilities

Writing...one of my many pleasures in life. I have only been writing publicly for…

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A Letter to Christmas from Special Needs Mum

Dear Christmas, You have snuck up on me, yet again! You get earlier and earlier every…

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12 Days of Christmas: Special Needs Parenting Edition

As a parent of three boys, each with their own unique needs (for those of you who…

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Why I No Longer Pray for a Cure for My Son

I am a parent of a child with a terminal condition called Hunter Syndrome.

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Unapologetic Special Needs Mom

I am that unapologetic special needs mum. 

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The Friend Nobody Wants - Raising Children with Disabilties

Today I am going to be totally honest about me and my friend. People have stated…

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“I’m Sorry, Son” - Raising a Child with Disabilities

Dear J,You came home from your break away; your very own little holiday.

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I Never Felt So Patronised in my Entire Life - Raising a Child with a Disability

I was asked what I did for a living by a girl barely out of her teens. I hate that…

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23 Stupid Things to Say to Parents of a Kid with Special Needs (And 3 Brilliant Alternatives)

The things strangers, sometimes even family and friends, have said to me regarding…

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Response to ‘Special Needs Conversation Killers’ - Raising Children with Special Needs

I recently read an article entitled "Special Needs Conversation Killers".…

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It’s Getting Harder and Harder to Find THAT toy - Raising Children with Disabilities

It’s easy to collect them isn’t it? You have a baby or two and suddenly…

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