Personalised Pocket Cushion in classic cream and black. You can add any name or message to this lovely gift idea for children. Or how about giving it as a gift for a teacher to use in the classroom, or for Mums on Mother’s Day? This book cushion comes complete with a free, age-appropriate story book. Great idea for story time and bedtime – ideal to snuggle up with and enjoy a favourite book. Encourage your child to read from an early age and foster a lifetime’s love for that special magic and adventure that only comes from within the pages of a book! Also ideal for sleepovers or travelling – As well as storing books, it can also hold other items such as drawing pads, crayons and other small activities to keep them busy on the move, acting as a lap cushion to lean on and then when they are tired, a pillow for their head! All for just £21.99 which includes personalisation, a book and p&p! Perfect for children’s birthday gifts or any other present giving occasion.
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Up until 2013, I was enjoying a great career. For over 30 years I had worked with children and their families in various capacities – latterly specialising in fostering and adoption. I had found myself in a wonderful job as a manager in an adoption charity and having been there for just over a year, I became ill, experiencing chronic pain and fatigue, which meant I was largely unable to get out of bed. There followed an horrendous 18 months of feeling desperately unwell and being passed from one Specialist to another. During that time I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid which had probably been that way for ages and was slowly shutting my body down. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia to explain the pain I was in. This didn’t however, explain the painful lumps I had developed… hundreds of small but excruciatingly painful lumps around my ribcage and larger ones on my arms, stomach and legs. I was so lucky that my GP had come across Dercums Disease before and he suggested this may be the case with me. I was then referred to a rare disease Specialist who confirmed that I had indeed got Dercums. There is no cure. It is rare. It is not yet understood. It robbed me of my wonderful job and the 30+ year career….and life as I knew it. But…. with medication I am managing the pain and trying to carve out a new niche, that goes with this new life. Having always been creative and enjoying art and design, I have started to explore this further and although I have been a member of CC for quite a while and talked with Karen about opening a shop ages ago, it has taken me until now to finally try and make a go of it.