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Why I Hate End of Term as a Parent of an Autistic Child

I love when the clocks go forward, the weather is warmer and the nights lighter,…

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Autistic Pride Day - Because He’s Worth It!

Perhaps never before has humanity lived in such a self-centred, self-obsessed, self-serving,…

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This is Epilepsy

(warning; contains description of a seizure, from the perspective of a parent; may…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Epilepsy and Medical Emergencies

You may recall last month reading a blog I wrote about my daughter having her first…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Fear of New Things

My biggest goal for Zachariah, aside from being healthy, has got to be inclusion…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Purple Day

 Epilepsy and Autism

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by Mark Arnold
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What “Purple Day” Means To Me

“Purple Day” may sound like a silly title given to March 26, but for…

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by Jodi Shenal
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Do You Feel Like Your Life is on Hold?

I was supposed to be on a flight this morning to America. 

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by Rebecca Toal
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Saint Valentine and Seizures

When you think of Valentine’s Day, I suspect you think of cards, flowers, hearts…

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by Emma Murphy
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The struggle is real

The inevitable has happened and Sam has come down with the Dreaded Lurgy. 

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Tired and Grumpy, and that’s just Mummy

I believe the appropriate word is ugg.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Five things I’ve learned about epilepsy since my son’s diagnosis

1. Not all seizures are the same Prior to my son’s epilepsy diagnosis, I’d…

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by Emma Murphy
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When a Seizure Doesn’t Look like a Seizure

It seems these days that every month has at least 3 different good causes vying for…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Epilepsy is Relentless

Before having Zachariah I’ll admit I had very little knowledge of the evil…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Let’s Talk About Epilepsy

Being a mother to a child with multiple disabilities, I find one of the scariest…

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by Jodi Shenal
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5 Facts About Epilepsy

This month is Epilepsy awareness month so I’m sharing 5 facts about this disorder…

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by Laura Moore
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Special Needs Parents: Does he ever laugh?

It was an innocent enough question, asked by a little boy who I am incredibly fond…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Special Needs: Riding the Bus

Sebastian has been riding a bus to school for the past three years. He commutes to…

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by Kara Melissa
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Special Needs Parenting: Summer is Overrated

SUMMER…A season of sunshine, relaxation and family outings.

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by Jodi Shenal
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Special Needs Parenting: Ambushed

My heart aches today. Not for any particular reason, it just does.

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Surprising me Every Day

Being punched in the nose, having your cheeks wiped with saliva hands and all the…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Sometimes I Just Wish they Would Listen to Me

One thing that I have never had to worry about when it comes to Zachariah’s…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Wedding Bells

Over a year ago my Brother and his Fiancé gave Zachariah the lovely task of…

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by Rochelle Followes
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What is it like to parent a child with epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition estimated to affect more than 500,000 people in the UK, including…

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by Laura Rutherford
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Find the Ability in the Disability

I was recently approached by someone who told me they were praying for Zachariah,…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Epilepsy Seize The Moment

Let me just start here by saying seizures SUCK.

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by Emmy Heaton
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Epilepsy Doesn’t Care

Epilepsy doesn’t care that you have planned a lovely day out. Epilepsy doesn’t…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Special Needs Parenting: Giving thanks to the monitor

There are some days when the tiredness still pulls me up short. 

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by Carolyn Voisey
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How a Trip to the Carousel Taught this Special Needs Mom a Profound Life Lesson

My 18 year old daughter, Bethany has quite a few special needs, all stemming from…

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by Faith, Hope and Love
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Through the Lens

Sebastian has epilepsy due to the damage caused to his brain at birth. 

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by Kara Melissa
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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (USA)

You may have noticed the purple ribbon symbolising epilepsy awareness on Firefly’s…

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by Rebecca Toal
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