I was on a course recently where we were asked to introduce ourselves by sharing a memorable date. With a sinking heart, I thought frantically - When did I pass my driving test? Move into my own home? I thought about my first date with my partner - 13th February, twenty-or-so years ago, but really, who wants to admit to having the equivalent of their wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day? (Reader, I didn't marry him).
If I were one of Hamilton's horses, I may well have stampeded over some of the individuals who have played a part in my medical care. But my surgeon, I'd have been eating out of his hand.
After millions of years of evolution you can rest assured that your postural reflexes work well enough if you don't interfere with them. You could say good posture is simply a lack of bad posture. Although good and bad are such judgemental words. You either have poise or you don't.
When we're faced with any particular stressor, there is a complex cascade of hormones which cause the kidney's to release cortisol. This then prepares the body for a 'fight-or-flight' reaction through the overproduction of glucose as an immediate energy source for large muscles. Cortisol also inhibits insulin in order for the muscles to use this extra glucose.
After I finished treatment I felt under an enormous amount of pressure to be 'normal' and 'happy' again and for life to go back to how it was before I had cancer. I was keenly aware that treatment had been just as tough on my fiancé and family as it had been on me and I was desperate to protect them from any more anguish and worry.
I believe that examples of equality are all human beings being treated equally. That does not happen due to; who our parents are, our sex and gender, our ethnicity and the value that is placed on these, and one of the most intangible categories of all, the class we are born into and inhabit.
My conclusion: Investment in social care, alongside more integrated, seamless working between health and social care, is of paramount importance if we are to ensure that reports like this aren't repeated in the future.
It doesn't help that you can barely get a break from sitting at your desk to make a dent in your 10,000 steps a day. Yet more studies are now saying that not only does office work harm your health, it might even shorten it!
Anyone who has ever made a curry will know that turmeric is that annoying yellow powder that stains your fingers and clothes. What you might not know is that it grows as root and is related to ginger - in fact, it looks like bright yellow ginger. Like I said, it's big in India.
It's not too late for you to build a pair of sexy summertime legs! And yes it's mainly because, although late June, it doesn't seem that British summer has started yet. But whilst we patiently wait let's all do something useful and get to work shaping up our bodies ready to bare all on those upcoming 2.5 days of hot sun!
My Dad was there for me at a time when some people pushed me away because of my mental health. I have seen people blank me, avoid talking to me, cross the road to make it clear they will not acknowledge me, when all I wanted to do was say hello, not take up their time.
Often, when I'm heading to the sun, I'll give my nails a break and leave them clean to soak up the vitamin E. If I do opt for a manicure I always go for a Shellac over a Gel - I find it kinder to the nails, and it usually stays chip free for around a week.
There has been much written about mortality, but there are no handbooks to help the sufferer cope with the darkness that engulfs them through their treatment and after. I went through 10 months of life without colour or everydayness.
It's all about routine. Try to develop a relaxing night-time routine that prepares your body and mind for sleep. It could be taking a hot bath, reading a book, listening to calming music or having a milky drink - the choice is yours! Just try and stay away from bright lights and stressful situations just before bedtime.
In my opinion, a barbecue should be a relaxed way of cooking and eating. And so it defeats the object entirely if you spend hours slaving in the kitchen before the coals are even lit, preparing and cooking sides.
Sun-dried tomatoes and dried mushrooms. Two of the most expensive ingredients available, especially in comparison to their fresh counterparts.