This blog series is me wanting to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.
This blog post is about Laura from Mum on A Mission. Laura blogs about her family life with her son William. William was diagnosed with brain damage at 4 days old. Laura documents their family life, the happy times, the difficulties, and the daily battles. What inspires me about Laura is her kind heart, her determination and strength. Many of us face challenges when we become a parent but Laura even more so. As a champion for her son and other children with a disability, Laura has campaigned for children with a disability to be afforded the dignity that we often take for granted. You can read the coverage she has received here.
Below, hopefully you will get to know Laura a little better.
What makes you smile?
Far too many things! Of course, my son makes me smile every day. Charlie Hunnam, Starbucks green tea lemonade, tacky reality TV, Comfy jeans, sunshine, chocolate and changing places toilets (crazy that a toilet can make you smile but if you have a disabled child they are pretty essential!)
Laura & William
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
Easy… Charlie Hunnam’s girlfriend… for reasons which I won’t go into but are possibly quite obvious! On a serious note though if I could have one day as PM I’m sure I could get a lot sorted for disabled people.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am really proud to have persuaded Gatwick airport to purchase a special hoist which allows disabled people to be lifted in a safe and dignified manner when boarding a plane. Before they purchased the hoist, disabled people were lifted manually which was dangerous and undignified, the airport now have several of these hoists and they are used regularly by disabled passengers.
William on a toilet floor – this is a photo I hate but I feel it important to share because people just don’t realise that every single day disabled children are being put on toilet floors because they are too big for baby changing units but don’t have any other alternatives. This is why I campaign for changing places toilets which provide an adult sized changing bed and a hoist to safely lift a disabled person.
Photo of William in the eagle hoist I persuaded Gatwick airport to buy
If you could give your 16-year-old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?
Enjoy your 20’s, don’t eat so much crap and start going to the gym now. Make the most of life pre-children and see as much of the world as you can. Also, learn what SEO means and how to do it!
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
My son. His determination and smile motivate me every day. He has huge daily struggles which are only made more difficult by the environment around him. That’s why I try every day to educate, raise awareness and make changes to allow him and other people with disabilities to be able to access the world around them in a safe and dignified manner.
Me and William with the loose ladies, we were on Loose Women last month talking about The DRM Project which was really great fun but also terrifying. Our appearance did help to raise more money for the project though which is amazing.
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To read about other inspirational female bloggers:
Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me
Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me
Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me
Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me
Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me