Illness

I Cannot Erase My Existence and Therefore I am Going to Get Better

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia is tiresome, people keep using the word choice. "You can choose to eat or not Claire" but it isn't a choice not like the choice between having a bath or a shower. My choices are very powerful ones with very powerful consequences, I feel the word 'choice' in this situation is too mild a word.

Home is Best

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I've heard time and again about fellow Parkinson's sufferers experiencing devastating consequences from being hospitalised. From personal experience, I understand the severity and possible ramifications all too well after being hospitalised some months ago. Hospitalisation is something I try to avoid at all costs, but occasionally there is no choice.

Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Protect Computer Users From Musculoskeletal Pain

Raquel Baetz | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Tech
Raquel Baetz

Pain associated with the use of computers and other digital devices is now a common occurrence. It's no surprise as all of us are on our devices from the moment we wake up in the morning until right before we shut our eyes again at night.

A Screening Programme FIT For Purpose

Deborah Alsina | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deborah Alsina

Since its introduction, the NHS bowel cancer screening programme has been shown to be the most effective method of detecting bowel cancer early. Not only does screening pick up bowel cancer in the earliest stage of disease, it can also detect dangerous polyps which may develop into bowel cancer.

Back in the Game!

Jonathan Deakin | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Deakin

There is unlikely to be a happy ending for me as at the moment my disease is 'incurable'. But I have had a second operation which removed virtually all of the tumour and following a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy I am now having clear scans.

Still Life!

David Pearl | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Pearl

A multi-disciplinary, serial professional (dentist, lawyer, coroner, judge) Bernard Pearl's life is currently restricted to a hospital bed where he has more than enough time to dwell on the moment. Around him people are whiling away their day staring at screens or into mid air. Not my dad.

Was It Something I Said?

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When first diagnosed, there is a flurry of shock and interest from those you know, but slowly as they realise this is a long term disease requiring dedication, their sympathy wanes. Friends, and bizarrely, some family too, have mysteriously vanished into thin air.

A Journey Through Patience

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

Because of his particular journey with MS (the experiences can be very different) Ramin has been slowed down by an illness that took away his independence for a long time. Relapse-free, he is now in the slow but steady fight to recover and he gets frustrated with himself, with me and his body, his mind.

Gimme Some Sugar: The People Want Homeopathy, But That Doesn't Mean They Should Get It

Sarah Mehta | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

The UK has a world class education system and a world class National Health Service, but both of these are being undermined when policy makers continue to pollute minds with the idea that unfounded treatments, which fly in the face of scientific evidence, can find a space in our NHS.

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Adjectives

Claire Greaves | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

Many of us have done it, "Kate can be a bit bipolar can't she?!" meaning that one day she can be in a good mood, the next she can be in a bad mood or ...

Dementia: No Hollywood Ending For Anyone

Paul Marshall | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

This weekend, tens of thousands of people will be flocking to the cinema to see Still Alice with Julianne Moore portraying a woman with early onset Alzheimer's. They'll undoubtedly be able to identify and sympathise with what's happening on the screen because even if dementia is not directly affecting them...

No, I'm Not a 'Bit OCD'

Charlotte Peach | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Peach

To explain mine better would be to tell her that since she told me as I sat down, that they'd had a woman in earlier that day that had been 'up all night with a dodgy tummy', I could literally FEEL the germs on my chair.

Stroke: it's Time to Act Fast

Professor Caroline Watkins | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Caroline Watkins

Awareness of stroke and its symptoms is going from strength to strength, looking at the success of the annual and well-recognisable F.A.S.T stroke campaign substantiates why this worthwhile activity must continue year on year.

The Realities of Not Vaccinating

Sarah Mehta | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

In our individualist culture, it's tempting to think that the vaccination is an individual choice. But diseases like measles remind us that no person (or family) is an island, and vaccinations are an essential responsibility towards our community as well as ourselves.

To Smear or Not to Smear... Why Don't They Have a Choice??!!

Naomi Orme | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Naomi Orme

Once upon a time there was a beautiful teenage girl who had everything to live for and a bright future ahead.. Then she began to experience severe abdominal pain and irregular bleeding.. She was sensible and body conscious and went to her doctor immediately.

Silent Heroes

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Keeping up appearances is an important coping mechanism for many living with Parkinson's, who fully understand that were they to drop this necessary façade of sorts, the distressing picture would likely send family and friends running in the opposite direction.

8 Home Remedies For Sickness That Actually Work

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

From soup to Echinacea, a lot of classic home remedies for illness actually have some scientific background. Thanks to Mitchell Moffit and Gregory ...

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

Men Suffer Eating Disorders Too: A Heartbreaking Story Shows That Anyone Can Be a Victim of Food

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Lindsay

Spare a thought also, therefore, for those who don't fall into the stereotypical profile of a skinny young girl who wants to look like a Cosmo cover girl. The elderly, the children, the middle aged and the men who also suffer from conditions that take over a whole life.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure - Observations From the Baby-Maker

Emma Cannon | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Cannon

I hope that this generation learn from us; look after your health, it is the most important asset you have. You may think that your health and your fertility is a given and that when you decide it's the right time to have a baby it will somehow just happen.

Brave Mum Is Fighting The Stigma Over Crohn's Disease With Style

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A mum-of-two is being praised across the world after posing in her bikini with a stoma on show and posting the picture online. Marcia Paterson, 40,...

Instinct, Illness and Finding Your Way

Roberta Verdant | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Somewhere between childhood and my teenage years, I realised something: I wasn't straight. Eventual marriage to a man began to look less likely. Later I'd realise that my queerness was fine, great, even, but it'd take a while.

Turn Me "On" Please!

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Being newly diagnosed, I was far from suffering what would become in future years, one of the most annoying debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's. At the time, unfamiliar with the term 'on' and 'off' I asked for clarification of this phrase.

Man Who Was Trapped Inside His Own Body For 12 Years Tells His Story

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man who experienced Total Locked-in Syndrome for 12 years has given a devastating account of his painstaking desire to be noticed, to be heard, and ...

Learning to Be Kind to Me

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I've decided, in the deluded spirit of making resolutions in the new year, to try and change an aspect of my lifestyle; I'm going to dip my toe in the water of an attempt to be kind to myself. My problem is I can't tell when I'm being nice to myself and when am I just being a lazy pig, so I never stop with the self-flagellation to keep going. If I thought about what's the greatest thing I could do for myself, I'd tell you it was 'to never have to get out of bed'. I'm my happiest when I have a virus and have an excuse to lie there without the nagging mother in my brain screaming, "Get your ass up and out".