Type 1 Diabetes

To Cian, on your 14th birthday!

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!

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To Fin, on your last day in Primary School

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

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To Fin, on your 11th birthday….in lock down!

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!

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To Fin, on your 8th “D” day!

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!

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To Fin, on your 10th birthday!

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!

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To Fin, on the 7th anniversary of your diagnosis.

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.

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Blogging – 6 months on!

Today, I woke up to 1,000 followers on Instagram and I can’t quite believe it!
In just 6 months, blogging has brought me so many opportunities and allowed me to “virtually meet” so many people.

Holidays, Type 1 Diabetes

Our Holiday of a Lifetime – Orlando 2017

In October 2017, after counting down the days for over a year, we set off on our holiday of lifetime to Orlando.
My motto on Disney holidays is "Go hard or go home!" and our type of holiday may not be for everyone but when it costs in excess of £10k, I want to squeeze out every last drop as who knows when we will be lucky enough to go again.

Coeliac / Gluten Free, Type 1 Diabetes

Why you have to be good at Maths to count carbohydrates!

When Cian joined the Comprehensive last year, he was really looking forward to Home Economics and making gluten free treats for Fin.
It turns out that in Year 7, you are not able to take in your own ingredients......