Fin, I can't actually believe that a whole year after writing your 11th Birthday lockdown post and commenting on how we would make up for everything once the pandemic was over, your 12th birthday has arrived, we are still in the same position and you still haven't been to Miller and Carter! The last 13… Continue reading To Fin, on your 12th Birthday!
Fin, Here we are again, another 27th January, another year of living with Type 1 Diabetes and what a year it has been! At this point in time, I normally look back over the preceding year and re-visit all of your (mainly sporting) achievements but, unfortunately, this year, there have been very few due to… Continue reading To Fin, on your 9th “Diaversary”
Ci, Here we are again, another year gone by and as I look back on your 14th year, I'm sure I could be forgiven for saying it's been pretty crap with almost half of it spent in the midst of a pandemic. However, things started off well with a great summer in West Wales, spending… Continue reading To Cian, on your 14th birthday!
Fin, Today will be the last ever day you walk through the doors of Ton Pentre Juniors, almost 4 months since the last time you walked out, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. These last few weeks should have been spent with all your friends, on a trip to London, practising for your Leaver's concert and… Continue reading To Fin, on your last day in Primary School
Fin, I have to say that when I imagined writing your 11th Birthday post, I never once thought it would be in the middle of a global pandemic where we were confined to the house.Last night, we should have been in Team Sport Cardiff Go Karting with a gang of your friends and today was… Continue reading To Fin, on your 11th birthday….in lock down!
Fin, How can it be another 12 months since I last sat here writing a letter to you, 7 years after your diagnosis? This last year seems to have gone by in a complete flash and yet, once again, you have accomplished so much and made me prouder than I ever thought possible. Rugby continues… Continue reading To Fin, on your 8th “D” day!
Ci, I can hardly believe I am waking up today as the mother of a teenager. How can it be thirteen years since the moment you were born and I had the son I secretly wanted all throughout my pregnancy? It only seems like yesterday that you were fixated with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and shouting… Continue reading To Cian, on your 13th birthday.
It was a normal day in May 2014 and for some reason, I had grabbed the mail as I had left for work that morning, stuffed it into my bag and forgotten about it until lunchtime. Lunchtime came and the first letter was "To the parent / guardian of Finley Rhys Gough". I assumed that… Continue reading Fin’s Coeliac Diagnosis
Fin, Ten years ago today, at 1:15pm, after an emergency entry into the world, you were finally placed into my arms. You immediately looked up at me with those huge blue eyes and a shock of black hair and I turned to Daddy and said "He's going to be wicked!" You had a glint in… Continue reading To Fin, on your 10th birthday!
Today marks 7 years since you were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
I remember getting home from the hospital and once you were safely tucked up in bed, I started scouring the internet for information and joining support groups to try and make sense of our new world.
During these searches, I came across posts from people who were celebrating their child's "diaversary", otherwise known as the anniversary of their diagnosis, and I'm not going to lie, I was appalled.
What on earth was there to celebrate? How could they be celebrating the worst day of their lives? The mere thought of it, made me feel sick.
But then as I read on, I realised that it wasn't the diagnosis itself that they were celebrating, but what they had achieved in spite of it.