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The Mental Health Coal Mine

It's Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May 2022) and the theme is 'loneliness'. Even though feeling lonely can make us more at risk of mental health problems, I would also say mental health problems can make us feel lonely. As I write this, I am almost five days clear of one of the worst depressive… Continue reading The Mental Health Coal Mine

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One Year On From A Stem Cell Transplant: Easter Reflection

The 20th April 2022 will mark one year since I had an autologous stem cell transplant. I remember my emotions a year ago. It was the time where I felt most alone and afraid in my entire life so far. Nobody could experience the high dose chemotherapy and the suffering that it caused on my… Continue reading One Year On From A Stem Cell Transplant: Easter Reflection

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Ruth’s Roundup – March 2022

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – March 2022

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A Refuge for Refugees

Seeing the images of so many from Ukraine fleeing from the fighting and displaced from their homes is painful to see. Young children clinging to their weary care-givers, looking for somewhere safe to stay, leaving their home behind - it's hard to imagine, let alone write about. One story showed an 11-year-old boy who travelled… Continue reading A Refuge for Refugees

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Life update: Welcome to Wales!

Hello from Wales! Our family relocated to Cardiff at the end of February which is why the blog has been unusually quiet for the last couple of weeks. It's so great to be back writing again. It's raining outside and the background noise is the sound of moving traffic on water. I am so thankful… Continue reading Life update: Welcome to Wales!

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What to do with fear?

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Have you ever been truly afraid? I have. I mean, I used to say I was afraid of spiders. And to a point, I still really dislike them for sure. I'll probably jump, run away, scream and the likes. However, I was at my most fearful when I was faced with having high dose… Continue reading What to do with fear?

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Lift up your voice

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Have you ever felt so hopeless that you have wailed? Sobbing uncontrollably as the tears fall. Groans from the very depths of the soul. At times, we may encounter deep trouble and sorrow. We cry out, longing for justice, healing, help, hope, in the midst of pain and great trial. The Bible says, 'May… Continue reading Lift up your voice

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The strong-willed child in all of us

https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss Have you ever met a strong-willed child? They are determined to do something regardless of what others say. It seems nothing can stop them. I see it in my young children as they stretch boundaries or try something new. Parents have to tread carefully and assess each situation. Is this a teaching opportunity? Actions… Continue reading The strong-willed child in all of us

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Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

When I get a moment (they are few and far between, but few is still something, right?), I tuck into a book, read an article, come across a thought-provoking message and think, this needs to be shared. Ruth’s Roundup is a post released once a month where I will share with you some content I have been engaging… Continue reading Ruth’s Roundup – January 2022

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Lift up your eyes

https://anchor.fm/ruth-clemence/episodes/Lift-up-your-eyes-e1dtnr6/a-a1ptln Looking at the floor, I see my feet walking forward. Watching my steps I enjoy the beat of music filling my ears. It's dark. As the cold night air wraps itself around me, I look up. A full, golden moon is straight ahead, casting its light. Showtime. The outline of the grey clouds become… Continue reading Lift up your eyes