Meet Me

This is me

This is me

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Clare Froggatt.

I am teacher, a devoted mum and an aspiring writer. I love public speaking, little kids, children’s literature, good coffee and sun-filled days.

My life and career were put on hold year in 2009 when my eldest daughter Sam was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Instead of teaching I was waiting for doctors, nurses, blood tests, bone marrow biopsies, lumbar punctures and for a bone marrow donor to save my daughter’s life.

I started blogging to keep me focused on what is good, to remind myself that there is hope and to share the journey with others. We all need hope, don’t we!

I’ve been married for 27 years and have three great kids aged 25, 22 and 18.  We share our little blue cottage near the beach with a very naughty poodle type dog called Rusty. Life is magnificent but it has its ups and downs. I feel like a girl on a swing navigating my way through the highs and lows – trying to make sense of life now that everything has changed.

If you enjoy my blog feel free to post a comment, follow me on Twitter or email me at clarefroggatt444@gmail.com

24 responses to “Meet Me

  1. Bronte Waller

    WE CAN SEE THE WHOLE WORLD FROM HERE!
    Love you!
    XXXX

  2. Jane Grover

    Let me know if you ever need a push my friend xx

  3. Wendy Gilbert

    The righteous are as bold as a lion! That is definitely you and your beautiful Sam. Thank you for sharing with us your story and journey. Will keep praying till victory. By the way, your writing is delicious. Love & Kisses to you all.

  4. Fiona Jennings

    Dear Clare

    I read your updates, love your writing, your
    reflection, your passion and honesty. I am
    a Mother of 6 children and know how special
    your Sam is, all your family. Each child hold’s a special place in your heart, each as magical as the next child. I know well
    the pain of family illness, treatments. Wayne and I believe in all your doing and the power of God to heal. I know the best possible Drs God will guide for Sam’s treatment. Hugs and kisses
    Fiona

  5. you are stunningly beautiful, courageous, precious, triumphant… you are a bright light…

    • Clare Froggatt

      Hey Wendy, Forgive me for my delay in responding to your comment. How delightful of you to say such lovely things. I so appreciate your belief in Emma as a writer. Looking forward to meeting face to face. Clare

  6. Susannah Stretton

    Beautiful Clare. I am so honoured to know you and feel so much for you and your gorgeous girl Sam at this time.

    As a little girl I was diagnosed with ITP (have to look that one up…too long to explain here) and at the time (early 80’s) it was feared I was actually in the early stages of Leukemia. Fortunately, after much prayer and amazing miralce, I was healed.

    One day we will share our stories of war, of victories and our not so victorious days.

    Tell Reid how much I admire him and his strength at this time. I can remember the tears my Daddy shed for me and how strong he was in my time of need…dame those bone marrow needles!!!

    Big hugs,
    Susannah xxx

    • Clare Froggatt

      Hi Susannah, I looked up ITP. So glad your platelets are normal now. Sam’s are better today than Monday, so looking good for next week. X Clare

  7. Clare, what an incredible blog. I can see why your story has given others strength. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, and thanks much for finding me. In Christ Jesus, Susan

  8. dear beautiful clare, this is so amazing. in so many ways its like your moving to the next mountain, with a backpack full of victory and so much more. i love reading your journey. its extraordinary, encouraging, inspiring and most of all hopeful. your writing is so quotable and i will continue to quote it! thanks for all the hope. thankyou time and time again. much love, renee xx

  9. Kayleen Bell

    Clare, as I have been struggling with my children becoming teenagers, and the challenges that brings, and how alone I feel at times as a parent. I thank you so much for reminding me how precious they are and how blessed we are when our children are healthy. Thank you for reminding me not to take that for granted. I feel so selfish for complaining about their behaviours, but today I am greatly humbled and so deeply moved by your family’s struggle. I am amazed at the strength of you and your Daughter and believe with you for her total healing. Kayleen

  10. jo peacock

    Dear Clare,We liked the new profile update ( glad I thought to look at it ).Dad and I are very proud of Reid, you Samantha Emma and Jack. Is.59 v1 The Lords hand is not shortened that it cannot save or heal. We believe with you for Sam’s complete healing and wholeness spirit.soul and body.Praise God. Welove you all Mam and Dad xxxxxxx

  11. Kelly

    I just started reading “Girl on a Swing” by Nancy Kennedy – loved it right away, and googled it to see what I could find out about her and the book – and ended up here. I don’t know if you have read it, or if this is just lucky accident / God’s direction for me. I have four healthy (praise God) kids, but so much of what you write speaks to me as I am a year+ from the discovery of my husband’s affair. Thank you for the beautiful words, that put words to my pain and my progress and my prayers. This isn’t what I expected for my life, either, and just this week I was venting to my prayer partner about how frustrated I am not to be “better” by now. Thank you for sharing your journey – God is using you in a mighty way.

    • Clare Froggatt

      Thankyou Kelly, I have not read “Girl on a Swing” by Nancy Kennedy but will certainly look for it now. Thankyou for your words and encouragement. I write for myself, to uncover what went on in my life and how it all happened and to try to make sense of it all. It is my greatest delight when I discover that my words find their way into another heart and I am in awe of how the universe is linked and how we all just need each others stories no matter what shape the story of our life has taken. Thankyou for taking the time to write and for being generous enough to take the risk to comment. People tell me that this is hard to do though I don’t really know why when I wear my heart on my sleeve like I do! Thanks for putting your fingers to the keyboard. I know you are not comparing your pain vs mine and if you did that is okay too. Because we are all just trying to make sense of the journey aren’t we? It is for people like you, that find a resonance in my words that I publicize my intimate thoughts on the world wide web, knowing that it is a risk and that my thoughts can not be erased. I agree Google is a gift, it links people and their stories. Thankyou for telling me a little of yours. My email address is in the ‘about me’ section if you want to write personally there, please do. Clare

  12. Kelly

    I just want to clarify that I am not comparing my pain vs. your pain, my journey vs. your journey – I only, simply, meant that the grieving process is hard, no matter the circumstances that we are grieving, and recovery is longer than we expect, and that I have found sentences and paragraphs and emotions here that so clearly echo my own that it vibrates in my heart. That in this blessing of a God-directed google search, He used your posts to speak to me.

  13. I’ve only stumbled onto your blog today. Your story touches me heart. My nephew was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was three, he is now 15. It was the hardest thing, thus far, that our family has had to survive. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. God bless and comfort you, hold you in his hands and ease your load:)

    Debi

    • Clare Froggatt

      Thankyou Debi, I am always encouraged to hear about people who have survived the journey through Leukaemia. Thankyou for sharing your story and for sending your prayers. Clare x

  14. John Carone

    Dear Clare,
    I believe everything serves a purpose even if we cannot decipher it. As the father of 10 (five girls and five boys) and the grandfather of 29, I’ve known the fears parents suffer even though their children are apparently healthy. Sometimes we wonder why we are so lucky to have healthy, normal children while others live with the reality of what we all fear could happen to us.

    There is no way I can feel what you must feel but your courage and faith, I know, will see you and your daughter through this. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  15. I was encouraged to find your blog today. My heart is heavy..My 19 month old nephew was just diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. Side effects are already beginning. It is hard to watch. We are hopeful, and prayerful for a full recovery. I am glad to hear that your Sam is doing well.

    • Clare Froggatt

      Thankyou for your comment. I will pop over to your blog. I am so sorry to hear about your nephew. It is a cruel disease but God is faithful. I will join you in praying for him and believe with you for miracles. Much Love Clare

  16. I’ve only skimmed through your blog so far, but it’s clear you have a gift for writing. I am encouraged by your faith in your life. Praise the Lord that what happens to us does not determine our joy!

  17. Steph

    Hey Mrs Froggatt,
    Its me, Steph from your literacy class.
    I love your blog.
    I am now a regular visiter.
    I am really happy that I have found it.
    You have inspired me to do a blog similar, documenting my adventures in Germany, where I am moving to live.
    I really hope that you will keep writing ‘Girl on a Swing’ because it is inspiring, hope giving and wonderful.
    I hope you and Sam have bictory in the end.
    Remember- God puts us on hard paths littered with dangerous and sad obstacles, but the destination at the end is why he does it- life with Him.
    Sincerly,
    -Steph=)

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