Lauren McCusker

I am a stay-at-home mum to two little boys, one with cystic fibrosis. I study Literature at university and I'm always reading something. I love coffee, chocolate, ballet, and spending time with my family. When I grow up I want to be a writer!

Why I Quit Facebook

Over time, it became very overwhelming to me to take an active interest in the various happenings of over 100 people. That's not to say I don't care; I do care, and that's probably part of the problem. It was even more emotionally taxing to interact with strangers and to unwittingly become tangled in arguments, disagreements or even just lengthy conversations with friends-of-friends. I'm saying this as an extrovert, so I can only imagine how draining this must be for the introverted type. ...more
Lisa Thomson  Thank you! You could always give it a try and see how it works for you: you can ...more

Think Before You Post that Platitude Online

There's been something weighing on my mind that's been sitting there for a while. It has to do with people spouting well-meaning platitudes that unfortunately come across as being condescending, hurtful, ignorant or even just cruel. ...more
I have a child with cystic fibrosis. While not 'disabled', it is a fatal and incurable ...more

Looking Through Someone Else's Eyes

Is it possible to ever truly see the world from another person's perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world? If you can read, then you can view the world from another person's perspective. All you have to do is pick up a book and let the author transport you to a different world full of characters that can be more real than the people you see every day. ...more

Meet Me in the Middle

When did Victor become so difficult to take out anywhere? It's like the past couple of weeks he's decided to let all good behaviour fly out the window as soon as we step foot into a public area. This morning I would have said that I never remember Felix acting this way; but vague, suppressed memories are coming back to me now...better stop remembering, it's too exhausting to think about. ...more