A Reblog: Lost Hope For Now

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time will know that it is very rare that I reblog anything. There needs to be a special reason for this: looking back over the few I have done, one was because a master parody blogger made me laugh a lot, so I shared it, the others have generally been to support people doing good things. This one is to support a friend. I’ll be sharing three posts with you that he made over the weekend, but wanted to put them in context first.

My friend, I’ll call him JD (for John Doe), is the victim of Parental Alienation Syndrome, or PAS for short. You may not have heard of this, and judging by this article in the ever-reliable Wikipedia the jury is out on it in terms of it being recognised as a medical condition. But believe me, if you drop the ‘Syndrome’ part, the fact of Parental Alienation is very real and causes a great deal of pain and heartache to those involved. I am fortunate that I have never suffered this, and will leave it to JD to tell you what the awfulness of it is like. You will see on his blog a link to his Twitter profile – his account is usually locked but if you use the #PAS hashtag you’ll get an idea of what people have to say about this.

He usually uses password protection for his posts but I noticed that he did not do so with these three. I asked him why and he said that he wanted to get the widest possible readership, and was happy to let me reblog for him. It came as a shock to me a year or two ago when his fiancée told me the identity of his ex-wife: she was someone I followed on Twitter and at that point was a blogger, until she was required by the Court to remove her blog – basically it was a mess of lies and abuse. She is still on Twitter and has a large following, including several people who are mutual followers. At least two of my fellow bloggers – they are good, caring people, and we mutually follow blogs – are also regular interlocutors with her. I so want to warn them that they are being deceived, but it’s hardly my place to do so! I know they will be as surprised as I was if they should ever find out what I know.

The reason for this is that JD’s ex-wife behaves like a sociopath – if you aren’t familiar with the word, this link will give you an idea of what it means. I’ve written before about the downside of sites like Twitter, in that you have no real idea if the persona you are seeing is really true. For the most part, I trust that we are all honest with ourselves and others. I certainly am, and break contact if I ever find out that I have been misled, as I did two years ago with the woman who turned against me, abused me and got her sycophants to join in. Another example of sociopathic behaviour, I think! Fortunately, my troll seems to have given up on Twitter but JD’s ex-wife is still on there, peddling her false persona, either unaware or uncaring of the massive hurt she is causing, not to mention the potential damage she is doing to all of her children, by whichever partner.

But that’s more than enough from me. I’ll leave you to JD’s words, which you will find by following the links below. I hope they have the same impact on you that they did on me.

Lost Hope

Lost Hope For Now

My Alienated Daughter 

World Occupational Therapy Day 27th October 2013

Having only re-blogged three pieces in a year I’m now doing a second in a few weeks. Again this is from the lovely Gemini, who is posting on Dates to Note that I’m not covering. There’s no collusion on this, honest! But I think the fact that tomorrow is World Occupational Therapy Day is worthy of mention. Please take a little time to read Gemini’s post.

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Can you contribute to this world day of service for World OT Day?

From volunteering at a homeless shelter to an afternoon’s companionship to a person with cancer, if you think it might be service, it probably is! Click on the picture above to find out how you can help.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

A regular reader – there must be one somewhere! – will know that I very rarely reblog someone else’s post, and that there has to be a special reason for me to do so. There are two reasons for this one. Firstly, Gem is a very good ‘virtual’ friend who has been supportive of my blog, and I like to show my support for hers too. Secondly, this is a subject that I considered as one of my ‘Dates To Note’ but I have been trying to reduce the frequency of these, and this lost a very difficult decision to my main theme of mental health. Anyone who – like me – has ever seen the pain and struggle that breast cancer can cause will know how important it is to raise awareness, in the hope that wherever possible tests are taken early, for best effect. I saw a good friend at work suffer this for three years until it finally took her life – still in her thirties, leaving two young children.
So thank you Gem for raising awareness of such an important cause.

GeminiOT and Health

This month is Breast Cancer awareness month…


Please find below some facts, figures and useful links which will hopefully help raise awareness for this disease which is increasing in the developing world.  Please feel free to re blog and help to increase awareness of breast cancer.


Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. (World Health Organization) 

There are about 1.38 million new cases and…

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