Category: Womans Own

My one in a trillion twins

One twin has Down’s Syndrome – the other doesn’t  –  making them twins in a million. But when they were born mum Louise was asked if she wanted to abandon one of her twins at the hospital…. People though it would be hard watching one twin thrive while the other didn’t, a painful reminder of what could have been…. but thanks to their unique bond Thomas is in fact helping his brother Jacob progress. Mum says Thomas is Jacob’s ‘ wingman’ and far from being a reminder of what could have been, is in fact helping to push Jacob...

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Mummy’s big 22 stone shame

Sitting down on the bed, my daughters, Faye, now six, and Alice, now three, snuggled up next to me. I opened their careworn copy of The Gruffalo and began to read. My husband Guy, now 37, watched on. But what should have been a happy time of family bonding was over by the time I got to page three.  At 5ft3, I weighed 22 stone 11Ibs and was a size 30. My extreme obesity meant even reading left me breathless and I couldn’t get the words out. I’d expelled all my energy just getting up the stairs and helping...

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