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“I’m a Granddad”...by Justin Stratford


"I’m a granddad – In the middle of all the loss, worry, anxiety and concern at the moment, my daughter has gifted me with this wonderful grandson and I am so proud of her and them. He arrived early July and is now my 7th grandchild.

While my family are around, this helps me to deal with the ongoing pain I manage, the loss of my cat recently and the reality of never being able to work again and that I am registered disabled.

This group is important to me as it means I can make changes and get out and meet new people. I may not be able to convince my friends it is worth joining, yet, but I will not be giving up.

I admit to struggling with the portal because I am afraid my spelling or punctuation may be picked up on, however Wendy has reassured me that is not of concern and as Simon is dyslexic which he freely shares, that gives me reassurance

I am looking forward to Scott teaching me how to Jit.si and to joining in online at the next get together”


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Congrats on the new Grandchild!


I think we all feeling our way round at the moment. I know I am!

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Hi Justin,

This is a wonderful blog and thanks for sharing. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson and what positive news this is.

Take it from me........please don't feel afraid of your spelling and punctuation. I am indeed a true dyslexic........always have been and always will be.

I struggle with spelling and grammar daily, as my brain is convinced it is right and there is little I can do about that. In my head a word should be spelt how it sounds, although the English language often does not work that way, so it's a little unfair.

Over the years I've become more and more aware how many people struggle with spelling and how common dyslexia is. I have…

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Justin - congratulations! I can testify it is great being a grandparent. My grandchildren are now in their twenties but they are still as dear to me as the first time I held them. Well done for posting on the portal, Yes it's daunting but you have taken this step and presented us with a lovely photo showing you and the little one. Don't get hung up about spelling or grammar. I like to think we are a group who will accept that people have problems which present themselves in many ways. At the end of the day everyone's opinions count so please keep on contributing.

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