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Never Leave Home Without Your Troubled Teen.

Being a mother is a struggle between wanting to care for your children, whilst at the same time, trying to preserve your own identity and continuing to develop as a person.  Many people, including my parents, have thought, wrongly, that … Continue reading

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Italy, Here We Come!

Shortly after graduating, my friend, Lorna and I received news that we were to go to Macerata in Italy to take part in a two week course with a final exhibition.  The brief was to “think outside of the box” … Continue reading

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Light at the end ….

The summer of 2007 was spent showing people around the exhibition, working in the fibre room on the felting machine or sewing machines, or in the wood workshops making new stretchers with Bob. I had persuaded him to start making … Continue reading

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Stars

My time at uni passed all too quickly.  Before I knew it, I was already in the second year of the degree.  In the first year, I had a lovely wall space, where I could display my work.  It was … Continue reading

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Pre-cruise Blues!

Sometime before going on the cruise, Bob was experiencing some issues at the new shared house.  At first, on the surface,  all was well.  There were barbecues in the summer and the residents were invited to be guests at a … Continue reading

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Art Immersion

Getting ready for the cruise, we bought some new outfits and thought we looked quite smart.  We were not expecting to sit around the swimming pool all day, wallowing in the sunshine, and, as it happened, the pool was full … Continue reading

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Post Trauma

The days following my husband’s death were difficult, as you might imagine.  Most of the time I was seeing through bloodshot eyes.  My puffed-up face was not pretty, either.  I lost almost 3 st. (40 lb.) in weight within the … Continue reading

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Rehab.

Rehab. was a different kettle of fish from anything we had known before.  We were invited to visit the rehab. centre and view Bob’s new room. A standard room, we expected.  But this was something else!  The smell was horrible.  … Continue reading

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Turning it Around!

I love the way psychiatric units are named after the most inspiring of places.  Names such as Springbank, Meadowbrook, Daisyfield or Rosewalk.  Such descriptive tags seem to be endowed on the most deadly, dull institutions.   Imagine being a pet … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Disaster!

What a parent really wants from a consultant psychiatrist is reassurance, something like, “Oh, your child is not ill at all.  He just needs rest and he will be right as rain.”   What you actually get is a diagnosis. … Continue reading

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