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Release date: September 12th 2017


Paperback ISBN:978-0-9957806-2-0


Top 10 Amazon bestseller


'Beautiful, touching and inspiring'

Amazon review


What if you thought you had your life mapped out but then things didn’t go according to plan?


ABOUT: In 2004 Stephanie was a career-focused, suburban mother of three, happily married to the love of her life, Andy.  In December that year their fourth child was born and life as Steph knew it changed dramatically.

From having to give up a successful career to care for her fragile, life limited daughter, to learning how to cope with the challenges of her sons’ autism diagnoses and the final cruel blow of Andy’s terminal cancer, Steph learned very early on that it’s not the cards you are dealt in life but how you play them. 


Far from being a misery memoir, Was this in the Plan? Is a frank, open and no-holds-barred account of how a family was determined not just to survive but to thrive when the odds were against them.  It will make you question your own attitude to life and how you choose to respond when unexpected events throw you off course.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Nimmo grew up in the Victorian seaside town of Penarth in South Wales.  She attended the United World College of the Atlantic and subsequently gained a degree in Social Anthropology at Kent University.  She moved to London in 1990 and has never left. These days she refers to herself as London Welsh.

Marriage to her long term partner Andy followed together with a mortgage and children.  Her successful international marketing career was cut short on the arrival of her fourth child, Daisy, who was born with a rare, life limiting genetic condition.  Overnight Steph became a full time carer and entered a world of which she had no prior experience.

She has written about the issues facing carers and people with disabilities in her multi-award nominated blog, Was this in the Plan?.  She has also written for The Guardian, Mumsnet, The Independent and The Huffington Post as well as being featured on BBC Ouch!, the BBC’s disability channel.  She has spoken on the subject of resilience to BT’s Equality network and has given several speeches on behalf of the Children’s palliative care charity, Together for Short Lives as well as writing guest features for Carer’s UK and Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity.  She received a National Carer’s Award from Carer’s UK in 2016.

Andy, Steph’s husband and partner of 27 years passed away in December 2015 following a diagnosis of terminal cancer the year before.  13 months later her daughter Daisy also passed away, she had just turned 12.  Steph lives in Wimbledon, South West London, with her three surviving children and their dog, Pluto.  Steph personifies resilience.  She is determined that despite everything that has happened in her life she will thrive and not just survive.



For more on Stephanie

Twitter: @stephnimmo

Instagram: stephnimmo





Was This in the Plan? by Stephanie Nimmo

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