With my eldest daughter in particular - a deep-thinker, highly sensitive and painfully self-conscious - I feel that insecurity lies at the heart of many of her anxieties. I try to combat this by illustrating, in graphic terms, how much I love her.
It's very tricky to know where to turn though and find a safe space which isn't too overwhelming. It's a daunting prospect to approach others when wanting to talk about the challenge of caring for someone. There can be a sense that by speaking about the challenge you are somehow undermining your loved one's illness
When I was asked to support World Cancer Day and take part in the nude shoot I was apprehensive at first, however I knew that I wanted to do everything that I could to support the campaign.
When we were in the early throes of romance, the last thing either of us thought would be a distinctive feature of our relationship was heading to separate rooms each night. But it is, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Essentially - he snores, I sleep lightly, he wakes (very) early, I love a lie in.
Oh no, not another blogpost about Depression, I wish it would go away. Funnily enough so do a lot of us. But it won't. It's here to stay, this 21st Century disease, or could there be signs of similar dark phantoms in the psyche of our past?
Most people would say that a balanced diet includes vegetables or meat, fruit and so on, but do we need sugar on a balanced diet? Do we need biscuits? You can see therefore that if someone tells you this, they probably don't know much about nutrition. You can assume that they know little or they would not make such a simple and obvious statement.
It is week 5 of my bikini fitness training programme. By now, I thought, to be honest, that I would be able to forgo my winter knits and do the school run in a little black dress, if I so pleased, thank you very much. Not quite......
Cancer is a genomic disease. It's caused by changes in our DNA, our genome, which make cells grow and divide uncontrollably. We are sequencing the genomes of cancer patients both from tumour and healthy cells. By comparing the two we will be able to understand more about what is causing their cancer and which treatments might work best.
To raise awareness of the condition which could have taken my life, I took part in a 'naked' photoshoot ahead of World Cancer Day. It was really bizarre being butt naked in a room full of strangers, but it was a good laugh!
How could I put myself through 12 hours of surgery, long recovery times, potential complications and not be able to do everything that I enjoyed at the end of it? Would that really be worth it just to have a lump of flesh on my chest which would never be a replacement breast? No.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the only thing keeping the NHS going is the individual and collective brilliance of the people working in it. These dedicated professionals are working ever longer and ever harder against a backdrop of ever deepening fears that the NHS is reaching a point of no return.
With just a little bit of research, you soon begin to realise that some of the most popular 'health foods' just aren't that healthy at all. What's more, they're probably not doing any favours for your waistline. Have you been tricked into eating these 10 so called 'health foods'? Check out the list below and see!
How many of us even know the signs that someone is struggling with their mental wellbeing? Granted, it is not as obvious as the signs of a stroke, and not as immediate. It requires being perceptive, asking questions, and most importantly, listening.
With constant access to information, you would've thought we'd be top of our game in nutrient knowledge, but sadly, food companies and the media have left us baffled. I've seen how we've been fooled by clever marketing campaigns, so I've put together important points to help filter out the nonsense!
Hot yoga has been a, er, hot fitness trend for a while now, and that's because it's a challenging but fun way to give your muscles a good old stretch, and give your mind a rest from the mentalness of everyday life. If you've never tried it before, the thought of stretching in a very hot room probably seems a bit daunting, so here are some tips to ensure you turn up prepared...
On a good day, it doesn't matter to read or hear about cancer. On a good day, we may feel outspoken, passionate, alive, with a positive sense of presence and future, and then it is great to be part of a wider cause.