By the time I found a lump in my breast the cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes. What might have happened, if I had checked myself more regularly? Who knows. I have decided there is no point in dwelling on it.
While there may sometimes be good oncological reasons for delaying reconstruction such as certain tumour types - the majority of women are suitable candidates for post-treatment reconstruction without delay. So why aren't they being offered this option as standard?
I'm talking, if you haven't already guessed, about misophonia. Misophonia is, if you like, a fancy word for the hypersensitivity to sound. It's my belief that there are more people out there who experience this than know they experience it. I didn't know there were others out there like me until a few months ago.
It's not just the fate of the free world that will be decided in November; the entire porn industry could very well hang in the balance too. In California, voters will be asked to decide "yes" or "no" on Proposition 60, aka the "condoms in porn" bill.
When I first began working as a dementia consultant for MacIntyre in 2013, I was struck by how their learning disability services encourage the people they are supporting to be front and centre in their work.
The pressures on a person with cancer are endless and treatment options are often the most daunting, you are suddenly thrown into a new world, where you're expected to understand medical language and make life-changing decisions at a time when you are at your most vulnerable.
It's 1996. I'm five years old and about to go through what will turn out to be one of the single most traumatic experiences of my life - having my chest drain removed just a few days after major surgery to remove part of the cancerous tumour that has taken up residence in the left side of my chest.
The evidence shows some apparent benefit of vitamin D on bone health and muscle strength. Many of the benefits of vitamin D are linked to having adequate calcium too as the functions of vitamin D and calcium are closely linked - so ensure you also get plenty of dairy, leafy greens, canned sardines or salmon, nuts and other good sources.
According to the Care Quality Commission's annual report, care is approaching a tipping point. But will it be the tipping point for sustainable change or for a complete collapse of the care system?
I've long told bemused friends that I'm not afraid of being haunted and that I actually think it would be quite cool if it happened. Whilst some say that they would rather die themselves than be visited by the dead I don't see what all the fuss is about.
There's an old stereotype that surgeons tend to view patients like a machines that need fixing. It helps them focus on the job. And so it feels when I walk into the lab with my arse hanging out of my robe to hop onto the slab. You expect to see a Ford Cortina up on jacks having it's brakes serviced in the corner.
Virtual Reality (VR), a technology which lets users experience replications of real life events and scenarios through a headset which displays computer generated images, is looking to become a strong tool in the battle against mental illness.
I thought it would be useful to share some of the emotions that I know many people go through when they first learn about their loved ones cancer diagnosis. I think it always helps to know that other people are going through the same feelings and experiences. So
Supporting and advising the families of our patients, means that I often get the honour of being a part of the process which sees husbands, wives, parents and children leaving no stone unturned as they ensure they have explored all possible medical options to help their family member.
I realise how fragile life is, how easily I could have left loved ones, so I make sure to enjoy quality time and having fun with family and friends, even if that means working late once everyone's in bed.
In 2014, when Theo (now 5) and Oskar (now 3) were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy - a devastating fatal muscle wasting disease that will force them off their feet and into wheelchairs, and likely kill them before they become men - we knew right away we'd have to move.