So I figured some of you might be interested to learn a little more about the person behind “The Introverted Mama” and what makes her tick 😉 We all have experiences, family and little nuances in our personality that make us unique. Our children old experiences, family, where we grew up etc……
So here’s 20 facts about me and what makes me, me!
- My mum is deaf. As far as we know she lost most of her hearing during the 2nd world war. The story is that she was a toddler and a bomb went off very close to her in London which caused the damage. She can use sign language fluently so I spent a lot of time in the deaf community growing up. I have passed level 1 British SignLanguage but rarely use it as my mum lip reads very well and my dad was hearing.
- My dad passed away when I was 8 years old due to bowel cancer.
- I had my first child at age 18 and due to a difficult and not very well monitored birth he was born with brain damage (spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy).
- I made a medical negligence claim against the hospital for the way the birth was handled and we won which enabled me to give my son a better life than he would have had otherwise.
- My first son lived until he was 13 years of age. He had numerous difficulties as a result of his brain damage. He was blind, could not walk or talk, he was tube fed, he had epilepsy and reflux. I do though believe he was one of the best things to ever come into my life.
- I started a yahoo support group which soon became a Facebook group called “Special Kids in the U.K.” when he was alive to help me and others in my situation to find friendship and support. I won an award that I collected from Ed Balls at 11 Downing Street for starting that group up.
- I had a 2nd son and then a daughter who was born prematurely at 25 weeks after numerous health worries in pregnancy. She was called Bethany and lived for 2 weeks. She never made it home.
- I completed my first year of a midwifery degree and delivered a number of babies in that year. It was an amazing experience.
- I left the midwifery course as we decided to move away to put our eldest son into a better school. So off we headed to Cambridgeshire.
- My hubby adopted my eldest son (who had a different dad to my other kids). It was one of the best days of my life as he was such a fabulous dad to our boy and it meant so much to them both, fb and me.
- I have 2 tattoos so one is one the lower right hand side of my stomach and is a pink and blue butterfly with my angels names. The second is a moon on my back with one pink and two blue stars to represent my kids and to signify the phrase “I love you to the moon and back”
- I ran the London Marathon (well run/ walked) in 2017. It was the hottest London marathon ever and was REALLY tough, but I did it! I hope to do it again some day.
- The place I most want to go to right now is Rome in Italy and the Amalfi Coast. I plan on ticking at least one of them off my list of “to dos” soon.
- I had meningitis when I was a young child. I fell off a climbing frame onto concrete. It cracked my skull and I ended up seriously ill in Great Ormond Street Hospital. My mum says it’s the only time she ever saw my dad cry.
- I am a carer now for children and young adults with quite complex disabilities and medical needs. I love my job but it can be heart wrenching sometimes.
- I really don’t like it when people whistle. It’s ok if I do it but hearing other people whistle really grinds on me.
- I have been vegan for almost 3 months. I’ve had a few mini slip ups but overall I am enjoying it. It’s helping me cook more and more creatively and I’m pretty late at 43 but I’m realising how much we really need to focus on our environment for our kids and their future.
- Socially I’m very awkward and anxious. That anxiety seems to show a lot in my children too, which I hate.
- I love to spend time alone, with a good book or a pad and paper. It’s my idea of heaven. If it’s by the sea, even better.
- I want to write a book at some point in my life. Used to dream about it as a kid and then it went by the wayside. I’ve decided now though I will do it before I die!
So how about you, tell me 5 facts (or 20 if you prefer!) about yourself below 👇🏻 Things that make you the totally one off individual you are because NOBODY else has walked in your shoes and lived YOUR life.
Let’s get to know each other….