Illness

Read This Story and Have the Courage to Back Yourself

Jojo Furnival | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

How things have changed. How was I so sure of myself when I was two, and 28 years later it's the hardest thing in the world for me to 'back myself'? You know, assert my beliefs, my view, to have the courage of my convictions.

Meet Lizzie: In A Wheelchair And Dependent On A Tube, But Still Helping Others

The Huffington Post | Catherine Wyatt | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Lizzie Bailey will never dance again. Using a wheelchair and reliant on a feeding tube, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome leaves her in near constant pain. But t...

The Impact of Eating Animals: For You, Others and the Planet

Lauren Dawson | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Dawson

This past weekend we celebrated Earth Hour 2016, causing many of us to look at what changes we can make to do our bit for the planet. We all know about swapping light bulbs, shorter showers and driving less, but there's one change we can all make that has a bigger impact than anything else: what we put on our plate.

How to Comfort People with Broken Hearts

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Clark-Coates

1, Go find person (tip - often found hiding in their home) 2, Take supplies to person (tip - tissues, soft blanket, plump pillows, chocolate, m...

The Serious Consequences of Portraying Teenagers in a Negative Light

Jess Terry | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Terry

It's no secret that teenagers are moody, tired and sometimes not great company. With all the hormone changes they're going through it's no surprise that their personality and energy levels change too...

Why Chronic Illness Is Not a Competition

Jenna Downes | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenna Downes

As I mentioned in my last blog rant; our own journeys are the ones that are the most important. It doesn't do us any good in being with competition with each other when the real battle we should be focusing on is only thing that really matters: the fight for good health.

Boy's Cancer Was Caught Early Thanks To Wrong Football Boots

SWNS | Amy Packham | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Parents

A seven-year-old who didn't know he had cancer was diagnosed and saved after he wore the wrong football boots. Robert Haswell was heading off to p...

It's Horrible Feeling Ill, and Worse When You Can't Even Text Your Mum

Naomi Barrow | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

On Friday night I started crying because I felt so rubbish and all I wanted was Mum. I'm really lucky to have some amazing women in my life who frequently fill in as 'stand-in Mum' when a situation calls for it. But I think being ill is one of those times where you just want your 'real' Mum...

Being My Parent's Parent: How to Be a Carer in Your Twenties

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Taylor

What happens if you've started noticing little things your parents are less able to do or you have a similar 'moment' to mine? Or something terrible happens that thrusts you into being responsible for one or both of your parents, way too early?

Facing the New Year With Chronic Illness...

Nancy Mc | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

A new year, a new start. It's that slightly daunting, yet optimistic phrase for many of us as we enter the start of a new year. As a society, we outri...

In Memory Of Those Who Are No Longer With Us, But Sadly Still Here.

Paul Marshall | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Yes, it's the very end of the year; a time when we inevitably look back on those - all of the above and numerous others besides - who have regrettably passed away.

Trust Her, She's a Doctor...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My life has shown me that the biggest epiphanies come in the most unlikely of places. I just never expected a hospital treatment room to be one of them. And I definitely didn't expect the words of a Nuclear Medicine doctor to affect me so much that they touched me more deeply inside than anything I could have possibly imagined.

We Need to Take Control of Our Health This Winter - Easy Steps to Helping Yourself and the NHS

Rose Gallagher | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

Winter puts enormous pressure on the NHS as common mild infections spread rapidly and demand for healthcare soars.

What the Dickens!: Left to Starve

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

It is essential that older people's nutritional needs are appropriately assessed and taken into account in any care plan. Only when health staff and carers ensure that older people have access at all times to the right food and drink alongside the appropriate help and support they require to go with it, will we see a much needed drop in these startling figures.

To Those Who Doubt Chronic Illness in Young Adults...

Nancy Mc | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Every day is a challenge and we deal with it as it happens, as best we can. We do not have the beauty and joy in life to be completely spontaneous, to set time limits and to do as we please because pain, head to toe is a part of our package.

Life With Chronic Illness Is What You Make It....

Nancy Mc | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nancy Mc

Life is what you make it, despite the cards you may have been dealt. Life isn't always fair but it is a gift. My physical pain could allow me to stay hidden away in bed for my entire life if I allowed it to, yet I know this will not bring me joy in the long run or in my present...

Selena Gomez, I'm So Sorry to Hear Your News

Olivia Jones | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Jones

News has now broken that pop sensation, Hollywood actress and teen idol Selena Gomez has been suffering with lupus and has been treating it with chemotherapy. This is another bit of evidence that you needed to believe that celebrities, even at the dizziest heights of fame, are real people.

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.