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8th December 2016
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14th December 2016

I’m A Blogging Success Because…. Week #14

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Success comes in all shapes and sizes doesn’t it? It can be an award you’ve waited your whole life to get. It could be recognition for something or from someone that matters. Or it could be something as small as your child saying I love you. We don’t celebrate success, in whatever form enough in my opinion and over the past few weeks and months with the madness that is blogging awards and particularity in the past week with my fight to get blogging seen as a real job, I have come to realise that everyone is a success in their own right. So, we find ourselves here and with me opening up the doors to Mummy in a Tutu for the first time to a guest post series. This series is here for any and all bloggers to talk about success; their success or the success of someone else that they want to recognise. Welcome to I’m a blogging success because… Let’s hand over to Sally from Hunter’s Life…


I’m a blogging success because I have helped one person.

Doesn’t sound very impressive, does it? But to me, it has made almost a year and a half of blogging absolutely worthwhwoman sat typing on a laptpile.

When my youngest son had his first pediatrician’s appointment (after months of me worrying that something was not quite right) I hoped I would finally get some answers. I never dreamed that the answer would be Mucopolysaccharidosis II (Hunter Syndrome), words I’d never heard of. 

Of course, when I got home I did what most people would do. I Googled it and started reading about this condition that includes in its definition the words ‘progressive’ and ‘life-limiting’. My first reaction was to find out as much as I could, somehow believing that the more I knew, the more I would be able to cope with this devastating news. 
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As well as the medical information, what I desperately wanted was to know that I wasn’t the only one to be feeling all this anger and guilt and desperation. All this messy emotion. 

I didn’t know anyone in the same situation and felt completely isolated.

I would regularly be awake at 4am poring over internet pages and when I couldn’t find what I was looking for I started writing instead. At first it was just a private diary; me pouring out my feelings onto the computer in an attempt to be able to get through thea womans hand with a watch on writing with a pen on some paper on a wooden table day. But something I’d been told a few months kept going round in my head. When a piece I’d written about Pudding won a local writing competition, the judge had told me it would make a great newspaper column, that other parents would be able to relate to what I was writing. The idea for my blog was born.

It still served the purpose of allowing me to clear out my thoughts and emotions, and also let family and friends know how things were going without having to constantly ask me. But mostly, I hoped that one day a mum like me who has just received this diagnosis for her child would read it and feel just a little bit less alone.

Fast forward to July this year. Things were going better for us and Pudding is on a clinical trial to try and halt the progression of MPS in his brain. After one of our regular catch-ups our specialist nurse mentioned another family who had just found out their gorgeous little boy also had Hunter Syndromcomputer with a coffee in front of it and a piece of papere. I had no hesitation in saying I’d be a contact for them.


After a few text messages back and forth with the mum, C, in which I said all the things I knew I had most needed to hear in the early weeks, I nervously mentioned my blog. Over the next two evenings C read the whole thing, start to finish, the highs and the lows. She has told me since how much it has meant to her in those awful weeks following diagnosis.


I don’t have many readers; friends, family and people I now know from the MPS community, but this one reader was the most important one.

 To keep up to date with Sally and to read more why not head over to her blog 

or you can follow her on Twitter or Facebook 



If you would like to take part in this series then please email me on with your piece and all your social media links and subject it Blogging Success. I hope you join me again next week to help celebrate more blogging success. Joining us next week will be Bridie from Bridie by the Sea!

Dont for get to check out Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6


  1. That’s such a great story – you never know when your blog is going to help someone get thorough a tough time or give them the information that they were looking for. If that’s not a reason to keep blogging, I don’t know what is. #ablogginggoodtime

  2. People blog for so many reasons and it is wonderful hearing Sally’s blogging success. How she is not only helping herself, but also others – literally changing people’s lives with support. I wish you and your son the very best, Sally and may your blog continue to flourish. Alison x #ABloggingGoodTime

  3. Helping others is one of the most rewarding things you can do in life. Sally, I wish you all the best and I believe that your blog will continue to grow and help many more, who seek for help, support and answers to their hidden questions. x #ablogginggoodtime

  4. What a great story! I love when I find out that one of my post helped someone or made them laugh!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Awww thats such and inspirational story…You are so right… If we as bloggers can reach just one person in our blogging lifetime; one person that we can support through life and inspire… thats what makes it totally worth it. You are an amazing blogging success! #ablogginggoodtime

  6. What a beautiful story, I welled up a little reading it… giving someone the hope and reassurance that you once needed, to someone else is most certainly not a small thing to that person and in their eyes you are probably much more than just a blogging success! #ablogginggoodtime

  7. This is the best definition of success I’ve heard yet. Finding someone else who has experienced what you are going through and can answer all those questions racing through your mind every second of the day is the most amazing gift, the fact you were able to provide that is incredible and I’m sure C will be eternally grateful x

  8. Helena says:

    Wow. Bloggers are amazing people. By sharing our knowledge however upsetting or uplifting and knowing it makes a difference not only for us but others too. Wow. #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Tammymum says:

    Wow that is a fab story, it absolutely makes you a blogging success. Your blog must have been such a saving grace for her and others going through the same thing. Lots of love to you and your family. #ablogginggoodtime

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