For many people, an important part of any healing process involves finding meaning in what has happened. Once the almost novel aspect of the change has occurred, the afflicted is left with the consequences; some of which are obvious immediately, others revealed much later on.
Far too many of us are just not putting the health of our eyes at the top of our wellbeing list. In fact, many people only seek out an eye test when they've already experienced a problem with their eyes; sadly this is often the case of 'too little too late'.
Have you ever found yourself clogged up with a cold, curled up on the sofa, feeling sorry for yourself and drinking copious amounts of Lemsip and feel...
Daylight penetrates from either side of the drawn down blind. Everything is submerged in a monotonous gloom. After a long struggle, I find the energy to get up and go to work. The previous day, I had been told that I was HIV positive.
Do you know your blood pressure numbers? High blood pressure is known as a silent killer and getting your blood pressure checked is the only way that you can find out if it's high. It could save your life.
I am your voice, I do these things because I want the best for you. I want you here with me for as long as possible. Although what you have gone through is hard, and every day is a battle. I need you, here with me. Because without you I am nothing, I am no one. But with you I am your mum x
So many of the women I see come to me as a last resort, having suffered in silence for years. Their lives are blighted or sometimes even ruled by their bladders, but they have no idea that effective treatment is within their grasp. It all starts with a conversation, which makes me even more committed to raising awareness in the hope that it will empower women to open the discussion.
So much of blogging life is virtual - we chat online, we read, we comment, we support, we love. As we were talking we starting to think about our influence. There are so many of us - not just in our little gang - but all bloggers together. How much influence could we wield?
Wellbeing is hard to describe, it is a state of mind as a result of many factors: some we can change and others we can try to develop. It is now understood that the health and happiness of people affects their personal focus, attitude, performance and output: both in and out of the workplace.
If it means that even one woman swerves the evil HPV, or goes for a smear test who may not otherwise have bothered, then it's worth the embarrassment of sharing such personal details with you all. I may have missed out on being a mother, but thanks to the screening I'm lucky enough to be alive to tell the tale.
In a society where image often matters more than substance, people must make more of an effort to understand loneliness. Nobody chooses to be lonely. Human beings cannot help being introverted, shy or quiet. To finally combat the so-called last taboo, we could all do with remembering this.
The 10th of September, is World Suicide Prevention day. It is a day that often passes unmarked, and unmentioned. However, awareness of suicide, how ...
Imagine if there wasn't a single emergency number you could call when a friend or loved one had an accident or health emergency. Instead, you had to individually call private ambulance companies and inquire about prices until you found one that had availability and a vehicle nearby.
The new school year has started. First day photos have been taken, schoolbags have grown heavy with new books, and the reality of homework and early morning alarm clocks is beginning to set in. The evenings are shortening and the papers are speculating about the chances of an Indian Summer. It's September again...
The threats to our health have changed, but the health systems designed to protect us have not. Across the world they are creaking under the growing strain. The traditional model - hospital-centric, doctor-dependent, providing episodic, reactive, disjointed care in which the patient is a passive recipient - is tottering.
New research published in the last few days suggests less than 2% of children's packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards. We can offer an obvious explanation for this. The reason why less than 2% of packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards is because parents have worked out what their children like and what they don't like for their lunch.