I can honestly say that, without cancer, I may not have survived. How so? Because cancer forces you to look into the face of death. If you are lucky enough to escape its clutches, surviving can re-awaken the lightness in your soul. I learned to embrace the beauty of the scary situation I found myself in.
With more and more of us going to see a therapist, how do you find the best therapist for you? Having made the decision to be brave and smart enough to seek help in the first place and perhaps selecting the type of therapy that best suits your needs, how do you go about choosing the one you want to work with?
It was in this context that I embarked on a project to provide a voice for these women and to gain a greater understanding of the socio-economic risks they face on a day-to-day basis, supported by the AXA Research Fund. PILI, a feature length drama, is a film based on the testimony of 85 local women from the Pwani region of Tanzania.
I wish I could find the right words to express how it felt completing my first two live shows, as I stepped back on stage for gigs at The Vortex and PizzaExpress Jazz Club over the last month. After the dark year of recovery from cancer, I had returned to health to fulfil my lifelong dream... and at the age of 72.
Sport is the elephant in the room for physical activity policy. Its absence of sport in discussions of health promotion seems surprising as for centuries it has been heralded as a fun way of getting fitter and healthier.
As a junior doctor in occupational health - a medical specialty concerned with health at work, I spend a significant proportion of my time coaching and supporting my junior doctor colleagues who in this current climate, are particularly vulnerable to the insurmountable workplace and training demands coupled with seemingly never-ending warfare between the government and the BMA.
The terminally ill hospital consultant had spoken out against treatment by hospital staff, which had made her feel not like a person but "like a diseased body". In response Kate Granger launched the #hellomynameis campaign for health care staff to introduce themselves to patients by name.
The health of children should be a priority for any Government as a moral duty, but also for the very practical reason that the savings made by cutting their care will be eclipsed by the multiplied costs of caring for them in adulthood. In the face of this crisis, the government as part of its wider budget reductions, has made its biggest cuts to local public health, which includes local health visitors, child obesity programmes and school nurses. This is not only wrong-headed, but a scandalous false economy.
When our bodies are full of toxins from too much junk foods and chemicals, it throws our hormones off and causes a very unpleasant unnatural period experience. Our monthly cycle is a great excuse for us to take extra time to ourselves.
The key to any successful fitness programme is variety. While all of the 'standard' exercises and lifts, such as the bench press and squat, are key, there are many more little-known exercises that could also help you achieve your goals.
My doctor told me that I was peri-menopausal, which is something I had never really heard of, but it's basically a stretch of time before you go into menopause and, due to the stress of modern life, is kicking in for many women at 35 years of age onwards - as it did for me.
I'd like to take this opportunity to reassure our supporters and campaigners, and indeed everyone affected by mental illness, that we will do everything we can to ensure mental health remains a priority for the Government, regardless of how dominant the question of our future relationship with Europe, to coin the phrase, remains.
Geekdom gives me the chance to escape from it all. It's my safe place to run to when life becomes too much. I know that each and every one of my favourite characters will always be there for me when I need them. All I have to do is open a book or a comic and there they are to greet me.
Acting really had been my way out, my way back from my darkest hour, my getting back on the horse, my resolution of conflict. Being in hospital for a long period of time makes you withdrawn. To work on my performance confidence I took RADA's over 24's Contemporary Scene Study course and progressed to their level 3 Acting course.
n forward thinking entrepreneurs that are willing to disrupt and change our current system. As each innovation wave generates more data, disruption-cycle times will shorten, thereby forcing all players in the health care ecosystem to address inefficiency as they compete on quality and value creation
Anxiety makes you believe the unbelievable. The impossible. The bang-your-head-against-the-wall stupid. But to you, it can seem as real as anything, as routine as a heartbeat. And if today I experienced my first steps again for a second time, I'll learn how to start again.