It's hard to know what to say to someone who has undergone a traumatic, life-changing event such as a cancer diagnosis. People are terrified of saying the wrong thing. Although nothing you say to a person with cancer can make it any worse for them, behaving authentically towards them can make a positive difference.
I have had many periods of sleep deprivation during my life, including eight months with my first child; three with my second; a very stressful period at University; living with noisy neighbours and finally marrying a snorer!
Being a GP isn't about glamour. It's not about high tech equipment. It's not about cutting edge research, or shouting "Get me some paracetamol, stat!". There is very little drama. It's about the challenge of dealing with everything in a tiny amount of time. Of having the skills to develop an instant rapport with a patient you may have never met before...
Starting after this Bank Holiday weekend. On Tuesday 5th of May, I'm inviting anyone who wants to to join a How To Be A Sober Girl 30 Day Kickstart. It's going to involve as little online support, and as much getting you out of the house, away from bloody internet forums as you can possibly fit in.
We are at the start of the exam season - a period of maximum stress for families across the country. Is this desirable? No. Is it damaging? Yes.
You'll know if your partner has more than "just irritating" symptoms. "I went from being a creative, ambitious professional who thrived on the job - to sitting on the floor and weeping with despair overnight," Kathryn tells.
The issue is not fat shaming. Protein World is right that people should aspire to be healthier and we do have a huge issue with obesity. The issue here is the view from the company that you have to look like this stunning (and she is stunning, in my view) model to go to the beach.
The research published in the International Journal of Obesity showed that the likelihood of toddlers developing obesity is largely governed by their parents and that fat parents are more likely to nurture fat toddlers.
I'd reluctantly describe myself as a campaigner, but this is one campaign I am prepared to fight for, and something I hope the rest of the media will come together and fight for too. It's the route to better advice services, more informed voters, and higher turnouts. Policies matter.
At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.
I've decided to do my best to "eat kind". Like sexuality believe there is no black and white and that labels aren't really helpful any more. Fluidity is. So I'm dispensing with "vegan"/ "vegetarian"/ "pescetarian" etc. If I want to eat some cheese or yoghurt I will.
It's time to talk about FAT! The three letter word we seem to have learned to hate! It has such negative connotations, and we have been programmed into avoiding it at all costs BUTTTTTT there are GOOD fats as well as BAD. And these good fats can actually HELP you to lose weight!!
As we march on towards the General Election on May 7, it is increasingly clear that for all the puff and bluster about the NHS being a vote winner, none of the main parties have truly connected with the challenges currently facing the country's healthcare system.
I was particularly affronted to be greeted with this monstrosity of an advert on my daily commute this morning. Funny, I thought I was just minding my own business in my usual spot on the London Underground Jubilee line platform. But NOPE, actually I should be PERMANENTLY stressing over whether my body is "beach ready". Duh.
I have a huge respect for the people who do the training and complete the race. The dedication and discipline it takes is amazing... I know, I've done it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's better for you to walk the Marathon than run it.
I myself, and I'm sure many women reading this, can empathise with what seems like relentless societal pressure to be slim, and losing weight can often seem like an insurmountable task.