When I went into the maternity hospital in 2000 I wasn’t particularly worried,  how things can change in a matter of hours. Originally my consultant had agreed caesarean would be best due to my Arthritis but some Midwife decided she knew better. It’s a long story but I can still hear a shrill scream and find it hard to believe it was from me. Eventually I had the caesarean with general anaesthetic, everything was last minute, it was now an emergency despite being in the hospital 12 hours. My husband said I was rushed one way, our baby boy another…

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When I go out on a Tuesday afternoon I go to spend time with some lovely people and have a chat, cup of tea and quite often we have CAKE.  How nice is that? The unusual bit about my social afternoon is the reason I am there, I am a volunteer and this group is run by a Cancer  Support Centre. Centres of this type are often set up by an individual who has suffered in some way relating to cancer and usually because there is not enough support outside the clinical environment. Typically a centre provides a community based…

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Our teenager has just turned 16, when we were talking about birthday presents it seems there isn’t a lot a teenager wants once they have a phone, mostly it’s clothes. But the one thing he has updated throughout his growing years is the bike. We’ve gone from tiny tricycles through to a BMX with stunt peg attachments and now we’re on to road bikes. The first place we start to look is Halfords, I don’t need to spend a fortune on a bike for a boy who isn’t going to be travelling miles and using it everyday, but we do…

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In 1980 I started work in an office, a stylish city centre landmark in the business district of Liverpool and I loved every minute of it. Those were the days when people smoked at their desk and you came out of the boss’s office shrouded in a cloud of smoke. There were no mobile phones and quite often you’d hear someone shout ‘your Mum’s on the phone’ to one of the girls who probably hadn’t been home the night before. It was very family orientated, you could often arrange an interview for your Sister or friend when jobs came up…

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This week I attended my first WI meeting,  yes the Women’s Institute and it was a far cry from what I thought it would be.  There was a wide age range of women, it was welcoming, friendly and very chatty, and honestly there was a table of CAKE. The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 during the first world war and is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with approx 220,000 members.

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