Why I am Writing This Blog
to celebrate Coraline
to share our love for Coraline
to learn from each other
to change perspectives
to raise awareness
to create understanding
For the past decade or so I have worked in Cultural Relations where the wonderful global programmes I have worked on, linking people up across countries, have been all about mutuality, broadening horizons and changing perspectives.
How I began writing for friends
In terms of starting up this website, I began to write about my experience in my first week in hospital after Coraline's birth, as I had the impulse to share, and the impulse to write. I have always loved writing. I set up my Instagram account and wrote little pieces from the heart on there which I cross posted to my own facebook. I thought my friends would be interested to know what we learned about Down’s Syndrome, and I also knew their wisdom would come back to us in response to what I wrote.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages and comments I received in response, which were the catalyst for me deciding to write more widely. I received so many insights, stories, contacts and comments that I felt it was bigger than me.
How I was inspired to write more widely than just for friends
Some of the beautiful comments I received from friends which inspired me in my first eight weeks writing and the first eight weeks of Coraline's life, before I began this website in October 2017, Down's Syndrome Awareness month: