Friday’s Child - Julie-Ann Coll

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Derry’s Woman of the Year Julie-Ann Coll. Julie-Ann runs the support group ‘After Loss,’ which helps parents cope with the bereavement of a child or a loss during pregnancy.

How would you describe yourself?

Julie Ann Coll Woman of the Year (centre) pictured with family members  Stephanie Cooke(on the left), Sarah Julie Peoples, Catherine Cooke (Julie Anns mum), Chelsea Cooke and Kerri Lynn Cooke (Julie Anns daughter) at the Derry City and Strabane Council Women of the Year Awards in the City Hotel on Friday night last. DER0916GS066

Julie Ann Coll Woman of the Year (centre) pictured with family members Stephanie Cooke(on the left), Sarah Julie Peoples, Catherine Cooke (Julie Anns mum), Chelsea Cooke and Kerri Lynn Cooke (Julie Anns daughter) at the Derry City and Strabane Council Women of the Year Awards in the City Hotel on Friday night last. DER0916GS066

A mum, a wife, bubbly and outgoing but can also be too hard on myself. (I’m not perfect).

Happiest childhood memory?

Staying in my granny and grandad’s caravan in Portrush. I remember playing in the park and putting on shows/plays in the caravan with my sisters and cousins for granny and grandad and our mums and dads.

What was your first job?

In a chip shop when I was 14.

Favourite book?

“P.S. I Love You” by Cecelia Ahern.

Favourite film?

Johnny Depp’s early films “Cry Caby,” although “Finding Nemo” is a very close second.

Favourite television programme?

“Friends.” I know every word of every episode ever made and it doesn’t matter how many times I watch it I still cry with laughter.

Favourite expression?

Well,the one I use the most has something to do with a duck - but a close second would be “it’s not rocket science.”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Kids in bed, fresh pjs on, TV remote in one hand and nice cold drink in the other hand.

Favourite holiday destination?

Would have to be Haven Holiday Park in Ayr, Scotland, the kids really love it and so do we. We are going again this year at the end of June.

Who would you most like to meet?

The one and only ROBBIE WILLIAMS. I have always been a fan. (Love him).

What makes you angry?

Where do I start lol. Some might say I have quite a case of road rage so this would have to be idiot drivers.

What makes you happy?

The one thing that makes me happiest would be seeing my kids happy, smiling and laughing, it makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

What human quality do you most admire?

Honesty.

What human quality do you least admire?

People who think they are better than everyone else.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

When I was young (very young)I might add, my dad would wiggle his little finger at me and I would laugh so hard I’d pee.....very embarrassing.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Losing my granny, Beth, just over a year ago. I miss her every single day.

What is your greatest fear?

Visiting the dentist. I had a really bad experience when I was a teenager and it took me years to pluck up the courage to go back. I still be terrified although I have a lovely dentist now and come out thinking why do I still be so scared.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

Meeting my now husband. I had a lot of baggage but he loved me and my kids from day one.

How would you like to be remembered?

As fun to be around. A good friend, wife, mum, sister and daughter.

What is your most treasured possession?

My memory box of “baby Mark.” I lost him at 22 weeks so I only have 2 photos, a hand and a foot print, a flower from his funeral and a few cards.

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

I believe I would make a few friends and family members happy. I also like the thought of placing a stained glass window in my church and helping others who really need it, although that’s all only after my kids and hubby put their orders in....

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

For there to be visiting hours in heaven.x

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

”No regrets.”