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Concerns over forthcoming Eastenders plot

Posted by Samara Collins on Thursday, December 16, 2010, In : Article 
I'm not a soap fan, but it has been highlighted to me recently that Eastenders are going to be running a storyline in the new year that gives me and many other mothers who have lost children much cause for concern.

As you can read on the website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/ a female character called Ronnie will have a still born baby.  Its a tough plot line but I think its good that this will raise awareness of SIDS.  However, Ronnie will then abduct another woman's baby in this story.  T...
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10/10/10 My 2nd Article for SOFT

Posted by Samara Collins on Sunday, October 10, 2010, In : Article 
Today, as I write this is exactly a month since Sadie died.  It is very painful still, no less so than the day she died.  The feelings have changed over the month and some days feel easier than others, but it remains intensely painful.  Drew and I just miss Sadie so badly.  It feels so empty to know there is no going back - she is gone forever.

Over this past month we've been surprised to find we have been able to do some normal things.  To the outside world, we probably appear fine. Everyone ...
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Below are 2 articles I have written for the SOFT Newlsetter.  SOFT is a charity Support Organisation for Families of Trisomy. 

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About Me


Samara Collins I'm Samara Collins (nee Samara Lawrence) and I'm 35 years old. I live in a village called Mobberley in Cheshire with my husband Drew, our son, Patrick (born 17/02/11) and our cat, Clive. Our daughter, Sadie was born on 30/12/09. 24 hours after her birth we were told she had Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and a large VSD (hole in her heart) and would die very soon. She passed away aged 8 & 1/2 months on 10/09/10. Sadie was our first child and she was a wonderful surprise after 18 months of trying to conceive and then being told I was infertile! She is our miracle. I immediately loved being a mummy and miss Sadie terribly. I was made redundant shortly after Sadie was born. We are strong but we still focus on remaining so and on maintaining normality and enjoying our son, Pat. Grieving is a weird process and totally unavoidable. I think I'm doing OK most days but when I need to express myself and the grief becomes overwhelming and isolating I find writing really helps me.

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