“Don’t Care” Is Dangerous – 7 Supportive Suggestions

Giving up is not an option

Three weeks’ ago a thought rocked me as I lay on a trolley in the ‘Majors’ Department of Accident & Emergency where I’d been since 6am that morning. Incapable of lifting my own head and in searing cranial and neck pain, a young doctor desperately tried extracting blood from my elbow and inserting a canula into the back of my left hand for immediate IV pain relief. Both failed several times. In a panic of apology and my falling blood pressure – the […] Read more »

2.3 Decades And Counting . . .

Twenty-three years ago I was enjoying Day 4 of our honeymoon in Hong Kong before moving on to Bangkok and then Phuket.  Three weeks’ of fascinating discoveries and enchanting places.  First glimpse of our hotel in Phuket took my breath away.  Through the glass doors of a bright open Reception I saw brilliant white sand lapped gently by astonishingly blue water. The bungalow rooms, each with their own front door, were built around a courtyard filled with fragrant exotic flowers […] Read more »

Tragedy And Hope . . .

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Just four weeks away from holding her baby in her arms she stood shocked, on automatic pilot and wondering how to get through the day – literally.  It was clear her body was protecting her from the worst realisation that eleven members of her family had been snatched away by the typhoon which hit the Philippines.  And still her unborn child moved along the timeline towards birth.  I wondered whether the shock might hasten the event and prayed this new […] Read more »

An ‘Accidental’ Accident?

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On March 28, 2012, as Brad Ray, daughter Gabby (18) and son Austyn (16) drove home from the courthouse in Ohio even the bright sunshine couldn’t lighten their mood.  They’d just heard the judge order Austyn to perform 16 hours’ of community service for punching a classmate.  The sentence could have been worse, but this was just another reminder of their troubles. Brad (37), and his wife, Jaime (36), had recently been released from prison after serving several years for […] Read more »

Emotional Shock In Newsagent

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As I write, I may as well have been physically kicked in the stomach because that’s how I feel.  Happily dropping cushion covers at the dry cleaners following the arrival of new carpet and bit of a Spring clean, I went into the newsagent this morning and saw the headline: “A “BRILLIANT” 18-year old grammar schoolgirl hanged herself in a park was “clearly failed” by mental health services . . .” She wasn’t just any 18-year old, but D’s best friend […] Read more »