About

Mrs Brown’s Blogs is an honest and frank account of life, family and education. From a parenting and educational perspective, it explores the finer details of daily life with the added dimension of having a child with cancer.  It explores the little known world of how the diagnosis of leukaemia for a 10 year old boy affects and impacts the family and friends around them. It challenges misconceptions and prejudices and turns the world of having a child with cancer on its head. From being bald to the language of cancer, behaviour management and the impact of trauma it gives the world an insight of what having a child with cancer means to the child and the everyone around them. Honest and sensitive, brutal and funny it has raised awareness and smashed myths surrounding the often ignored issues surrounding a cancer diagnosis. This has led to positive and heartfelt responses showing that the readers have quickly connected with the content and passion behind the writing.

Therapy for both the author and reader, this is a compelling and emotional read which has invoked passion and emotions from the audience which words have been unable to describe.

But why?

I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve bought books about writing, attended creative writing classes and am the proud owner of copious amounts of stationary to write with. Little was I to know that it would be my 10 year old son being diagnosed with leukaemia that would be the catalyst to me putting pen to paper. Having a child with cancer is isolating. It is isolating for many reasons but for me I found interaction with others difficult because of my fragile emotional state. My blog provided an emotional outlet for me to tell the world exactly how heartbreaking but also inspiring it is to watch your child go through treatment for cancer. It enabled me to share the thoughts and feelings I wanted to, when I wanted to and at the pace I wanted to. At times I felt an incredible urge to blog, like I had to get what I was feeling out of me into the world to help me make sense of it. It soon became apparent that whilst the process is cathartic for me, my audience was benefitting from what they were reading. The comments and messages received explained how the blogs were helping people on a personal level, through different circumstances that had parallels. The experiences shared in Mrs Browns Blogs were evidently helping others make sense of the world around them. If you vote for me you will be helping raise awareness of childhood cancer and the impact it has on the child and the family. Your vote will give recognition and dignity to lives affected by childhood cancer and by getting these blogs out there you may well be helping one more person or family. It’s taken a crazy curve ball for me to realise that I can write and that my words provide inspiration and strength for others. Let’s keep this crazy curve ball keep going!

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Kerry,

    I came across Felix’s fabulous Facebook blog and wanted to let you know about DKMS, a global blood cancer charity for whom I work for. How is Felix doing at the moment?

    Our key aim at DKMS is to increase the number of potential donors on the blood stem cell register and one of the ways in which we do this is to work closely with patients and their families to inspire people to join the register.

    Our website is http://www.dkms.org.uk if you would like to find out more about us and I can be contacted directly at lisa.nugent@dkms.org.uk if you would like to explore the possibility of how we might support you.

    Sending positive thoughts for Felix’s treatment.

    With kind regards

    Lisa

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  2. Taking time for you Mrs Brown?
    Do you know about The Bournemouth Support Centre. The Bournemouth Centre is part of Wessex Cancer Trust and offers effective local support , information and a range of free services to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer – the patient, their family and friends. A range of free complementary therapies are also offered and provided by qualified and experienced professionals to help relax and focus on well-being. Drop in and see us anytime and maybe have a little “me” time. We would love to look after you.
    Your son is so inspirational you must be so proud.
    Get in touch
    Emma

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    1. Hi Emma, thank you for getting in touch. A bit of me time sounds lovely, ironically it’s finding time to fit it in! I’ll definitely try to pop in. I think I need to come in to collect some sunglasses we won through the Piam Brown ward raffle! X

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  3. I am a trustee for the charity Astro Brain Tumour Fund. I think ‘The call to all teachers’ about children with cancer in schools should go to ALL schools. I wondered if you have thought about contacting the Director or Minister for Education and asking if it can be sent to all schools? It would be so helpful for families going through hell if all teachers were aware of the issues. 🤗

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    1. Hi Linda, Thank you so much for making contact. I think you are absolutely right. As a teacher I had no idea what the impact childhood cancer had not just on the child but the whole family. I will definitely be seeking to get in touch Justine Greening! Kind regards Kerry

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