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April 19, 2017
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Living With…An Alcoholic Parent

Living with an alcoholic as a child has had a profound effect on my life as an adult. I always have that worry when I fancy or crave a drink a glass of wine or something stronger, like a vodka. Are you heading down the same road as your parents? […]
April 19, 2017
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When Kids Become People It’s A Bit Of A Shock

Something happened over the weekend and it shook me up inside. Okay that’s a bit dramatic but it was one of those ‘Ah-ha’ moments Oprah Winfrey often describes. A sudden realisation that the small people living in my house, who have been bossing me around, who I have been cleaning, […]
April 18, 2017
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The Faces We Wear As Parents Can Be Exhausting

How can a man be a great friend to his mates but be a truly shitty father to his children? How can a woman treat her friends appallingly yet be an amazing mother to her babies? My father left when I was 16. He was a selfish, broken man. But […]
April 18, 2017
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Why It’s Hard To Be In The Minority Of The Minority

Last week was an historic and monumental one for the Cystic Fibrosis Community – after over 10 months of relentless campaigning, a deal on the breakthrough drug Orkambi was finally reached. The deal means that around 600 people with the ‘double delta’ version of this life-limiting condition will get access […]
April 17, 2017
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Will My Children Suffer Because I Lost My Religion?

I was raised a Catholic. I was baptised as a baby and I made my First Holy Communion as a young girl. My mother took us to Mass most Sundays and every Christmas. We weren’t ‘fair weather’ Catholics, but our religion wasn’t a huge part of our daily lives either. […]
April 16, 2017
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Why You Won’t Sleep After Giving Birth

‘Now, don’t let them kick you out of that hospital bed until you’re ready to go home.’ I remember a number of well-meaning female friends and relatives drumming that line into me before I gave birth to my baby boy last December, with what I can only describe, knowing what […]

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