Mother's Day Special: 4 Stories From Spoonies, their Mums, and Spoonie Mums

Hello, and happy Mother's Day (in the UK at least)! To celebrate this day, whether it's today for you or another date wherever you are, we thought we'd dedicate our whole blog for the week to mums! So, in the following post you'll find 4 stories giving 4 different perspectives. We have stories of mums who care for Spoonies, Spoonie mums who care for their kids, and even a Spoonie mum who has a little Spoonie of her own. It'll also give you a chance to meet Hayley and Tom's mums!

We hope that this can serve to show that, whatever difficulties health can throw up in our lives, there is something unique about the relationship that a person has with their mother, and if anything being a Spoonie can only strengthen that! So make yourself a cup of something tasty, get cosy, and join us to celebrate Spoonies and their mums everywhere!

Hayley's Mum - Sue (Tom likes calling her Susan though)

When you become a mother you know that you’re going to care and look after your child until they reach a stage of being independent. Initially, the thoughts throughout my pregnancies were overwhelming because although there’s excitement there’s also apprehension, you’re aware these small people are going to be totally reliant upon you, and it’s a such big responsibility. However, for me personally, upon giving birth and meeting my children, I was overwhelmed by the extreme feelings of love and protection I had towards them which in reality made the daunting prospects I’d envisaged seem natural and helped me adapt to being a Mum.

When your child is growing up you expect to encounter childhood illnesses such as coughs, colds and viruses etc. From a young age Hayley developed asthma due to bronchiolitis as a young baby. This experience gave me an insight and understanding of what it is like to fight for a diagnosis, as the GPs wouldn’t commit to diagnosing asthma at a young age. Although I knew what was wrong it wasn’t until Hayley stopped breathing aged 2, that the doctor on call wrote to our GP to confirm it. However, what you’re not prepared for is ongoing health concerns that take many different investigations, time and don’t lead to answers.