Open letter to my son a year after we arrived home from India

Open letter to my son a year after we arrived home from India

A year ago we arrived home from India with Gigi and these 365 days have been the best of our lives. 365 days of love, joy and firsts. So this blog post is an open letter to Gigi to thank him for loving us, for opening his heart to us and all the people we love and for filling our lives with more joy and love than we ever thought possible.

Photo by Rebekah Kamsky Photography

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Gigi is here :)

Gigi is here :)

It had always been our dream to become parents but before DNRS I had become too ill for us to even think it could be a possibility in future. But DNRS gave me health and hope back and made us dream again. And now just over 2 years after starting DNRS and 9 months after seeing his photo for the first time our son Gigi is home with us and we're on top of the world. 

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Open letter to my husband just before our third anniversary

Open letter to my husband just before our third anniversary

Three years ago I really thought we had the next few years planned out. And it’s funny now to think how differently they've turned out. So this blog post is an open letter to thank Dermot for reminding me that even though things aren’t quite as we planned them, they’re just the way they were always meant to be. And to thank him for teaching me time and time again the true meaning of the words “for better or for worse”.

Photo by Rebekah Kamsky Photography

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Why we should all be kind to each other

Why we should all be kind to each other

As we await the election results in Malta today, I came across this quote by Ellen DeGeneres and it rang so true. “I would love for the world to be happier.  I think it's our one thing that we all share.  We focus so much on our differences and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world.  And I think: what if everybody focused on what we all have in common -- which is -- we all want to be happy.” And here’s why we should all be kind to each other, not only today in Malta but in life in general. It can really change things for all of us.

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My parents' views on my journey and recovery

My parents' views on my journey and recovery

For this blog post I wanted a photo taken before my illness started. When it never even crossed any of our minds that difficult times might lie in store. And I don’t mean difficult times just for me. I always say that I believe it was actually worse for those around me. 5 months ago, I wrote about my journey through Dermot’s eyes. And because some of you had asked and because my parents walked with me through the storm in every way possible, here’s my journey and recovery from a chronic illness through my parents’ eyes.

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How I rediscovered the true magic of Christmas when I was chronically ill

How I rediscovered the true magic of Christmas when I was chronically ill

I’ve always loved Christmas and everything that comes with it. But last year somehow when everything got stripped back, sad as it was, that’s when I realised that although there was no Christmas tree in our living room, I had all the essential things and nothing else mattered. There was something about having none of the usual things at Christmas time that showed me just how much I actually had. And here’s how I rediscovered the true magic of Christmas and the 10 lessons I learned when I was chronically ill.

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Dermot's views on my journey and recovery

Dermot's views on my journey and recovery

After I published my open letter to Dermot, some of you asked me to also write about the experience from his point of view. This month we celebrated our second anniversary and I decided it was the perfect time to do so. So here it is: my journey and recovery from extreme food sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity and chronic fatigue syndrome through Dermot's eyes.

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Another aquathlon 10 years on (and why we took our running shoes with us on honeymoon)

Another aquathlon 10 years on (and why we took our running shoes with us on honeymoon)

Another aquathlon 10 years after my first one! So happy I got to take part in #mnac2016 with Dermot by my side again. It also reminded me why we took our running shoes with us on honeymoon...even if some people might think that was a bit strange :)

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Open letter to my husband as we approach our second anniversary

Open letter to my husband as we approach our second anniversary

In the 22 months that we've been married, Dermot has taught me the true meaning of the words "for better or for worse". This blog post is an open letter to thank him for supporting me through my experience with a mysterious and chronic illness and for holding my hand and walking with me through the storm.

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