Childhood Pain

My kids have pain.  It’s real. One of the hardest things for me as a mother is to see them in pain and not be able to magic it better. Take for instance my daughter this morning.  She had slept well and got up for school, coming down…

Hello Forty!

Somebody once told me that the 40’s were the best years of their lives.  This was way back when I couldn’t imagine being that old!  It seems like only yesterday that I kissed my husband for the first time when in fact I was just 19 and that…

Falls

Most people remember falling as a child, even if you have to stretch your mind a little to think that far back.  Scabby knees, tripping over your own two feet because you haven’t quite grown into them, a little growth spurt making you super clumsy or just being…

I’m fine

I’m fine. I use this reply all the time when people casually ask me how I am. Is it the truth? What does ‘I’m fine’ really mean… (These examples are all taken from real life, recent events.  A snapshot into My Stripy Life) I’m fine.  I dislocated my knee…

Pilates in EDS and CMT

My Pilates journey. At the medical conferences that I attend, be it related to Charcot Marie Tooth disease (CMT), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) or for EDS kids, people ask the experts again and again ‘What can I do for myself to improve my physical condition? (Or that of my kids) Where…

Dear headteacher…

When I wrote about school last year in my series of blog posts ‘Dear Teacher…’ the response was phenomenal and they still remain the most popular posts I’ve ever written.  It was at this point that I began to realise what an emotive issue school was for all…