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Natalie Luckett

I am a married mother of two: Oliver and Isabella who has Cerebral Palsy. I live in Cambridgeshire, England.

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You can’t care for your child if you don’t care for yourself

Being a parent is tiring and difficult, being a parent to a child with special needs…

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If I could travel back to the day of my daughter’s diagnosis, I’d say this…

Diagnosis can come at different times for everyone.

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Do the cons of botox for mobility outweigh the pros?

Early December we went for Bella’s 3rd round of Botox.

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Bella’s Disability May End Her Ballet Dreams, But I Will Help Her Find New Passions

My son has always been busy, he likes lots of things, he has his swimming, his Cubs,…

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The Everyday Life-Changing Decisions of a Special Needs Parent

“Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, go away and have think” Eek - a conversation…

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My Daughter has a Disability But I Protect Her Too Much

One of the hardest things I find as the mother of a child with physical disabilities…

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“Dear Doctor, Here’s a List of Things My Daughter CAN do…”

Every day teachers, doctors and society seem to tell me what my daughter cannot…

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Even Santa’s Elves Can Make Disabled Kids Feel Abnormal

Christmas is definitely my favourite time of the year – the whole of December…

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Is Your Family Missing these Financial Support Options?

Raising a disabled child is very expensive. I was admiring someone’s lightweight…

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Disability Through the Eyes of a 9 Year Old

Last week my son was asked if he would do a talk at his Cubs group on Disability…

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Toys & Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills and Dexterity

~Cerebral Palsy often affects the ability to control Fine Motor skills. My daughter…

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Fight the Bedtime Battle on Four Fronts

I’ve always loved my sleep. I need a good 9 hours to function well - When my…

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Five Books Featuring Disabled Characters

Sometimes nothing helps you feel better than reading or learning about someone else…

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The Troublesome Business of Feeding a Child With Special Needs

My daughter still has issues with feeding. For Bella, she can chew but swallowing…

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5 Disability Devices That Don’t Look Like Disability Devices

I bought Bella a little pair of Wheelchair Gloves a few weeks ago. They are black…

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What Happens When My Child Needs Botox Injections for Spasticity?

When I was first told my daughter needed to have Botulinum Toxin A injections (or…

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“Mi hija comienza el colegio hoy y estoy aterrorizada por las dos”

Esta mañana llevé a mi hija a la escuela. Era su primer día…

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Ma fille a commencé l’école aujourd’hui et je suis terrorisée pour nous deux

Ce matin j'ai laissé ma fille pour la première fois dans une garderie.…

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Meine Tochter wurde heute eingeschult – Ich habe panische Angst um uns beide

Heute Morgen habe ich meine Tochter für ihren ersten, ganzen Tag im Kindergarten…

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Oggi mia figlia ha iniziato la scuola e sono terrorizzata

Questa mattina ho accompagnato mia figlia alla scuola elementare. Il primo giorno…

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A minha filha começou hoje a escola- E estou aterrorizada pelas duas

Esta manhã deixei a minha filha na Infant School para o seu primeiro dia de…

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Life For Mum After School Starts…

A few weeks ago I posted about my fears for my daughter starting school. She has…

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Five Things I Miss About Life Before My Child with Special Needs Arrived

While I like to think that nothing has to change when having a special needs child,…

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A Letter to My Son, Who Lives in the Shadow of Cerebral Palsy

To my Son, I am sorry. I’m sorry that I’m not the fun, laid back, energetic…

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Where Are The Disabled Role-Models For My Daughter?

My daughter wants to be a princess or a fairy - or a doctor - she loves all things…

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I’m Scared My Daughter’s Disability Will Cost Her Friendships

When Bella was very young I took her to lots of baby classes and toddler groups.…

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Getting my Daughter’s First Wheelchair Felt Like a Crushing Defeat

Asking Bella’s Physiotherapist if she could have a wheelchair was heartbreaking…

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Yes, I Discipline My Disabled Child!

Many of us have been in the situation where it’s time to leave the park and…

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Five Rules for Disability-Friendly Family Days Out

We love to spend days out as a family. We have visited some places that we would…

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“Are You Okay?” - The Question Special Needs Parents Always Answer With a Lie

A good friend of mine looked me straight in the eye a few weeks ago and asked me…

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