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Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by parents and healthcare professionals.

Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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A Letter to all the Lonely Carers

I have a confession to make - I am extremely lonely

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MPS Awareness Day

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

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: A Happy Life

When we are out and about, we’re often approached.

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta: The Gift of Mobility

In the fall of 2014, when Isaiah was just over one year old, we began researching…

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The Day I Discovered SWAN UK

My son was just 21 months when we had our first appointment with a geneticist back…

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Undiagnosed but not Invisible

Undiagnosed children day is rapidly approaching... it also makes over 1 year since…

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Thank you, Occupational Therapists!

As some you may already know, April is Occupational Therapy Month. We’ve been…

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Special Siblings

Aren’t siblings great?! I for one am so thankful for my three sibs, and for…

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World Health day 2017

So here we are, another World Health Day has come around. Do you ever wonder what…

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Autism Awareness

Her school are ignoring autism awareness month...and I am delighted!

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Autism Awareness Everyday

April signifies Autism Awareness Month.  When you’re a parent of a child…

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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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World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the Down’s syndrome community marks a global day of education, collaboration…

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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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International Day of Happiness

Happiness – synonyms: contentment, pleasure, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment,…

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International Day of Happiness: Our Bubble

Happiness is measured differently by so many people.

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Smith-Magenis Syndrome Awareness Day

Jacqueline “Jackie” Huston, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was first in…

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I am one in four, but why do I not want to talk about it?

I am '1 in 4*' but like many other women, I don't ever talk about…

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International Children’s Day

The 1st June is International Children's Day. The World Conference for the Well-being…

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D is for…Diagnosis: Special Needs Parenting

I have a snap shot memory. 

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What exactly is Down Syndrome?

I was forty three years old when I was expecting my ninth child!

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Thank You For Being the Best Big Brother - Raising Children with Disabilities

From the day I met you, I knew you had an enormous amount of strength. You introduced…

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World CP Awareness Day 2015

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with cerebral palsy and their families,…

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Some of the Firefly Garden’s favourite people with Cerebral Palsy

​On World CP Day, the Firefly Garden is highlighting five of our favourite people…

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We’re Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  When my daughter, Bethany was…

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Epilepsy is…

I wrote the following words for Purple Day, the International day for raising awareness…

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We’re Going Gray For May Part Three Making Wishes and Dreams Come True

When your child is battling a life threatening illness, going on a fun filled trip…

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We’re Going Gray for May Part Two Pediatric Brain Tumor Resources

Even though childhood brain tumors are somewhat rare, when your child is diagnosed…

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