This 3-Year-Old Is Unable To Eat Or Drink And Doctors Don't Know Why

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Parents

A three-year-old boy is unable to eat or drink on his own, but doctors have been unable to diagnose the reason why. Rhys Leyland, from Wigan, is fe...

Girl Unable To Sleep With Teddies Due To Rare Illness

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents

A six-year-old girl is unable to ride bikes, attend sports day or sleep with her teddies, because the slightest touch will cause her to bruise and ble...

What Hospices Are Really Like, According to 27-year-old Abigail Randall

Katherine Elliott | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Elliott

Abby was having chemotherapy for a brain tumour for six months until March this year, "it wasn't as successful as we had hoped," she explained to me matter-of-factly, "so I made a treatment choice while I was at Derriford Hospital and decided I wanted to enjoy my time."

Gaucher Film Contest

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Thankfully over the years great progress has been made regarding Gaucher disease, thanks to some very dedicated researchers, doctors and motivated members of the Gaucher community. No parent today has to face the dreadful isolation and hopeless situation my parents found themselves in.

Iain Duncan Smith Caught Misleading Again - Benefit Death Figures to Be Published

Nick Stephenson | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are used to Iain Duncan Smith misleading us in all sorts of ways. Last month a leaked document from his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) sho...

On Summer Solstice, Life, Light, Darkness and Welcoming It All In

Roberta Verdant | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

The tiredness has been going on for a long time. Since childhood, really. Growing up, I never felt like I had a lot of energy or like what I had was flowing particularly well around my body. Retrospectively, there were reasons for this.

My Ostomy Bag Won't Limit My Underwear Choices!

Hattie Gladwell | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hattie Gladwell

I'm really angry at myself for putting myself down that day, and letting myself feel so negatively towards my body. But I'm so grateful I was able to step out of that so quickly. I felt really positive for the rest of the day, and waited for my boyfriend to finish work - in my new underwear (makeup done and everything)!

The Continuing Adventures of Cancer Boy

Jeremy Allen | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Allen

A bit more pain and hanging around and being at the mercy of machines is doable. It's a bit like going on a long tour with a really shit band. The chemo I've done for the last two days is certainly not as bad as my worst hangover was back in the day, but it does feel like the most oppressive jetlag, the plane having flown in from Mars.

Teenager Forced To Stay Awake For A Week To Stop Parasite Eating Away At Her Eyeball

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager was forced to stay awake for a week to stop a worm-like parasite which had burrowed into her eye eating her cornea and making her blind. ...

Long Life and Good Health!

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

As I lay in my darkened room I came to an important conclusion. In the US, medicine is a commercial enterprise and in the UK it's a social enterprise. But in Africa medicine is hugely dependent on aid enterprise.

10 Things People With ME Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's estimated that around 250,000 people in Britain are affected by ME, yet many people are still unaware of what it actually is. ME, or Chronic F...

When The Common Cold Strikes

Natasha Batsford | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

After she had lovingly shared her germs with me, she degenerated to a point where she couldn't breathe lying down and I couldn't hear myself think over the beating of my own pulse. But God loves a trier so I scooped up my mucus covered volcano baby and tried to arrange us both in bed.

What Can I Tell You About Life With an Undiagnosed Child?

Alison Bloomer | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Parents
Alison Bloomer

What could I tell you about this awareness day and the children it supports? What could I write that would give you a sense of what it is like to have a child living in the unknown? That would make you stand still for a second in your busy day and hear about our children?

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

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.06.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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 31.05.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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 27.05.2015 | 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 15.05.2015 | 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 15.05.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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.