Being in hospital at Christmas or for a birthday presents a family with a problem. How to celebrate? When Simone Colwill, an Auckland mum, saw friends and family struggling with this issue, she used her background as a radiographer to write 'Christmas on the Ward.' Simone explains it this way. 'I have a long-term illness called Crohn's disease. I could see that writing a hospital-based story, could open the door to what is a difficult scenario families face. At the end of the story is a page '7 tips for planning a hospital-based celebration.' This page helps guide the reader into deciding what is best for them.'