Episode #13 Dr Helen Crompton revisited


Regular listeners to the podcast may well remember Episode 5, when I spoke to Dr Helen Crompton, mother of Shelley who had Rett Syndrome and died suddenly at the age of 11, all the way back in 1983.

In today’s podcast episode, we’re revisiting the conversation I had with Helen and sharing some of our deeper and more intimate discussion about Shelley’s death and the resounding effect it had on Helen in so many ways for more than twenty years.

In this episode, Helen and I talk about Shelley’s death, the immediate aftermath and the years that followed. We both discuss our personal experience of symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how we learned to manage them.

For those who have listened to the first episode, this is another warm, heartfelt conversation with this courageous woman but disclaimer, some people may find this episode upsetting.

An additional disclaimer, neither Helen nor I are medical doctors or psychologists, we are sharing our personal experiences and things we have learned about ourselves.

Help for anyone feeling suicidal, depressed, anxious and those struggling with addiction issues including alcohol is available. So is help for people struggling with loss and bereavement. Please don’t struggle on alone. 


Cruse https://www.cruse.org.uk/

Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/

PTSD https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd-and-complex-ptsd/about-ptsd/

Al Anon https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Rett UK https://www.rettuk.org/how-we-can-support-you/bereavement/

Priory https://www.priorygroup.com/

Person Centred Therapy https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/person-centred-counselling/