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February 01, 2010


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What a great story and how nice to hear one with a happy ending. My little one thinks the pictures are adorable and so do I :)

I can only imagine how tough it was to go through that on your own, but as you say, all you can do is take 1 hour at a time and just keep moving forward. There is no choice.

Sally Whittle

What a fab story and testimony to the fact that medical professionals don't always know how a child will grow and develop - particularly with parents who are so amazingly determined.

Dulwich Divorcee

Such an inspiring story! I had no idea you'd had such a struggle. IJ is not the only superhero in the tale xx


I credit it all to your love for her (and of course her iron will!) and I am now off to find a tissue.


Inspiring. And tears. That is all :-)

Thank you for sharing this.

Home Office Mum

What a moving story. Well done her and well done you on staying positive

Tara@Sticky Fingers

Rosie, that is just beautiful.
If ever anyone needed inspiration or to see that there really is beauty in this world, then this post is it.
I'm actually travelling on the train to London while writing this and it has really cheered me up.
It's not sad at all, I think it's just lovely x


So wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful little girl's story. You have both done so well in refusing to accept the bleak future the 'experts' tried to paint for you both. Very moving post and I love that triumphant photo at the end! x


Rosie I am so moved by this.

I had no idea you and IJ had been on such a journey.

Puts a lot of things in perspective for me.

Thank you. You are both so strong xx

Metropolitan Mum

Rosie, that's a great story. I am so happy for both of you. You can be proud of yourself! xx D


What a lovley post, it just shows that there is always hope. IJ and yourselves have both travelled a hard path, but she is wonderful and a real credit to you. Thank you for sharing your photo's and story.

Emma Walton

What a wonderful story and truly inspirational. So lovely to have a nice ending. Thank you for sharing with us


Oh that, that is amazing :) I am so proud of both of you (which is silly as i don't know you) but thank you - thank you for sharing and for being so strong and proving to me that there is a point in hope and sometimes things do all work out in the end...I love that last photo - it is beautiful.

Karin @ Cafe Bebe

Such a gorgeous final picture in the SuperGirl costume! And isn't she just. What an amazing Mum you are as well...I have a whole new level of respect for you now Rosie.



Beautiful post, you have me in tears once again. what an incredible journey you two have been on together, and what an incredibly strong and fabulous mother you are.

Zoey @ Good Goog

This is such a wonderful story. A friend of mine lost two babies at around 6 months due to muscular problems that eventually took over their entire body. What a warrior you were for her!


oh My God what a time you have had and what a remarkable and moving story! Just brilliant, big love. xx

Dr.Leah www.singlemommyhood.com

What an inspiring story. There's no limit on what a mother's devotion and love can accomplish. Your little girl is beautiful!


Supergirl, Supermum!
Well done you two, an inspiring message. Thanks for sharing.


Absolutely fantastic! And a testiment to what an amazing mum you are, because you never gave up.


You are both amazing. I had no idea IJ had such a difficult start.
I'm sobbing, but in a good way. Much love to you both x


What an amazing story, beautifully told.

Your strength throughout is truly inspirational, and I agree with supermum - the best bit is that you never gave up, no matter how bleak things looked.
And that's one fantastic little girl you've got - but you knew that already :)


wow, wonderful story and look at your beautiful IJ now. Well done for you for getting yourself together and doing practical stuff to help IJ develop. You are an inspirational mummy. Mich x

Jo Beaufoix

Rosie, maybe now you'll actually start to believe you are that strong woman I keep talking about. I remember when you moved back up here and we met IJ for the first time and my whirlwind 1 year old Miss M amazed you as IJ had never been like that at that age. Look at her now! IJ is such a determined little girl, just like her Mummy, and while it has taken a little while for her to catch up with her peers in some ways, she is way ahead of them in others, and much of that is also down to you.


What a truly amazing post xx

Trish @ Mum's Gone to

This is what makes blogging so inspirational. What a story! I don't know you but I read your posts and now I know a little more of the struggle you have had. A beautiful little girl you have there.

Rachel Cotterill

That's such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing - and I'm glad it's all worked out so well for your daughter.

Tim (aka The Dotterel)

What an amazing story, Rosie. And that first pic really sums it up. A triumph, a just reward after all the hard work.

Expat Mum

No words except - Wow!

Emma @ Notsuchayummymummy

An incredible story. You and IJ are incredible. *sniffs & runs off for a tissue*


Now you have gone and made me cry.
You are a wonderful mum and I am now really really proud to have named my beautiful Blythe after you. xx


What an amazing and inspirational story. I didn't know you'd been through so much. I'm going to email your post to a friend whose little boy has been in a similar situation since he was born.


You must be and should be so proud of her, she's beautiful and has come so far. You should also be giving yourself massive credit for following through and making sure that you got the help she needed. I think you're both wonderful x


wow, wow wow..how you managed on your own, I don't know. I am not sure I could have coped as well, and what am achievement. Your daughter is beautiful.

Surprise mum

Rosie, you are both super heroes.


Pass the tissues please, such a beautiful post and I do love a happy ending.
IJ is a very lucky little girl to have such a wonderful determined supportive Mummy and you are just as lucky to have such a Super hero.
What a team you are!

Beki x


That's so awesome. Fantastic that even after an unsure start, you didn't give up on her, but worked so hard to get where you are today.

A seriously inspiring story for those of us when we feel we've reached the end, especially with results like that :-)



Wow, Rosie, that's a fantastic story.

It sounds like the grief was an important part of your process, and not just a matter of "falling apart".

It's an incredible story, and I'm so glad you've shared it.

Blogging is amazing, isn't it? You click on someone's post, thinking it's going to be some pretty little story about a new toy, or something learnt at schoool, and ka-bam! this is the kind of thing that's waiting for you.

Muddling Along Mummy

I agree - supergirl & supermum

That's a beautiful story with such a wonderful ending

Noble Savage

A very inspiring story, you were obviously both determined and it paid off. She's beautiful.


Wow, what a fabulous and uplifting story. You two are both amazing.

Carrot in Mums hair

Lovely lovely story. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult things were for you. What a beautiful little girl and a Mum who should feel very proud of herself x

geriatric mummy

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing, and big respect for hanging in there in such difficult circumstances.


What a great and encouraging story, I'm sure it will mean a lot to many parents facing a difficult situation. The two of you are amazing!


I love stories with happy endings, you must be so thankful for where you are now. What a great mum.

Helen Garnett

Wow... that last picture is so wonderful. How brave you are to have done all that one day at a time... without really knowing the outcome. But doing it anyway. I am THRILLED for you! Came here from Jo... so glad I did.


What a lovely story, and such a strong, beautiful little girl...


Crystal Jigsaw

I've never met you but I sure wish I had. You worked wonders with that beautiful little girl and you are absolutely right, things do get better. However our children turn out, whatever they become, they are our children and we will do anything to assure they live life in the fullest possible way, as has proved for Amy.

Best wishes - and beautiful photographs too.

CJ xx

Family Affairs

Very moving story with such an uplifting ending - hope you don't mind if I quote you in my next blog post Lx


Wow what an incredible story. You have been through so much and I can only imagine the times of despair you must have experienced. We all like to think we're strong but to cope with that as a single mum is amazing. And so is IJ! Big hugs to you xx


What a wonderful, wonderful story. And what a wonderful, wonderful girl.


That really is one step at a time, and what a result. What a team you two make; you should run in the next elections.

It sounds as though my mother was born with something similar, and it didn't hold her back either. Four children, interesting career, champion local bellringer (oh, how she'd blush). She doesn't know about blogs, but I'm going to get her to read this one.

Thank you, as ever, for an inspirational post. And do consider running for office!

A Modern Mother

She is so lucky to have you as a mum.

Chic Mama

Well done you for not giving up. You are both an inspiration to us all. x


What an inspiring story, and what a determined little girl x


I'm very moved to read your story. What a little smasher! She must have such determination and I think she gets that from her Mum? It has helped me to put a few smaller blips in my life into perspective, thank you for sharing.

If I Could Escape

A positive, beautiful, inspiring post. x

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