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Meet our Firefly Community bloggers providing you with their unique, meaningful and insightful thought pieces

Orla Freeman

My name is Orla, married to Shane. Also affectionately known as Mummy to Ruairi, Darragh and Eoghan

@ourownjourney http://oureoghanjourney.wordpress.com

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New Year, New Avenues

January has just come to a close, and the new year has brought new avenues already!

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Stop Comparing

I have seen this time and time again. I know that this may come as a surprise to…

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Thought for the Day

Inspirational quotes, you know the ones. They pop up on your face book feed with…

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by Jane Scott
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The Importance of Family

I remember as a child hearing people say that as long as you have your health then…

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You’ll Never Know

I was chatting with a friend a while ago about our daily life and I mentioned something…

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National Storytelling Week

In honour of national storytelling week, I thought I’d write a short story…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Hard Day’s Night

When my eldest child, Sean, was first born and I was up four or five times in the…

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by Emma Murphy
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A Special Relationship

My eldest son, Sean, is just 14 months older than his profoundly disabled younger…

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by Emma Murphy
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National Young Carers Day

He drops his bag by the sitting room door. I ask how his day was. I generally get…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Poster Girl for Disability

Years ago, we had a disastrous meal out. Pearl was present but not yet born, perhaps…

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by Jane Scott
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Please Don’t Forget Me

I have realised since having my baby that people seem to have drifted away. I know…

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An Unpredictable Life

"Hasn't she got rosy red cheeks!? Is she teething or is she always like…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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National Hug Day

Milestones... we all wait and wait for them to come and then we celebrate the tiniest…

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by Laura Moore
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5 Things I am Tired of Hearing as a Parent of a Disabled Child

My son, William, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. …

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by Laura Moore
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Groundhog Day

I recently watched the film Ground Hog Day. If you haven’t watched the film,…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Keeping your Cool

I was doing a bit of research for this post and found myself fully side tracked and…

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The Kindness of Strangers

Christmas this year was a bit of a wash out. In the seven-week run up, our house…

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by Jane Scott
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It’s Okay to Mourn

My daughter is now 17 months and I have only just accepted that it is ok to mourn.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Dear Specialist

We have waited many months for your appointment. Questions have been forming in my…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Pearls of Wisdom

I have long thought that life could only be improved by spontaneous bouts of dancing…

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by Jane Scott
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In with the Old and Out with the New

It’s the other way around for most people but we are not most people.

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by Ger Smyth
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Splashy Review

We have tried out numerous bath products with William over the years but none of…

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by Laura Moore
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Resolutions for the New Year

Out with 2017 and in with the brand new 2018.

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5 Ways to Reduce your Stress Levels This New Year

Being a special needs parent is stressful, we all know that!  So here are 5…

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by Laura Moore
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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New year resolutions, I never keep them .I felt guilty about not…

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by Ger Smyth
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Top Tips for Making a Hospital Stay More Comfortable for Parents of Disabled Children

I consider myself rather lucky because although William has had his fair share of…

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by Laura Moore
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Happy and Healthy Baby

As a parent all you want is for your child to be happy and healthy.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Dear Bullies

You were cruel to my son recently, I addressed this with school but you and your…

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Am I Sharing Too Much?

You all may or may not have come across a few stories here and there, of families…

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Realising her Brother is Different

I was walking both my children to the local shop when I snapped this pic. I was hoping…

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