Acting After Illness #4 Hope

David King | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
David King

When my family first came looking for me in St Georges hospital, I can't imagine how they must of felt. Scared? Confused? Little did they know...

Dear Friend Whose Mum Is Terminally Ill

Naomi Barrow | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Your faith will be shaken. Whether it is faith in a higher power, in nature, in science, in people, or simply in good, it will be shaken because there is no rhyme or reason as to why this is happening. Eventually you will find faith in the little things again.

11 Stages Parents Go Through When Their Child Is Off Sick From School

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents

It’s that time of year again, coughs and colds are being passed around the classroom quicker than nits and we’re dosing kids up on Calpol in a bid...

Boy V Carpet

Tina Medlock | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Tina Medlock

Once I had recovered from the shock that the new fucking carpet was now a spew stinking carpet, I checked whether Joseph was ok and attempted to guide him into the bathroom.

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

Brexit - A Personal Story Broken Things

Mik Scarlet | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Any journey abroad if you are disabled starts with the nightmare of public transport, followed by the equally worrying experience of flying. I know fo...

Living With Sarcoma

Andy Roast | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Roast

To be honest, it's difficult to capture all my emotions during the past two-and-a-bit years of my life. I've learnt that having cancer does not necessarily mean life changes too dramatically - although perhaps I was lucky (a word I've used more since diagnosis) to have caught my sarcoma early.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is In Your Gut Not Your Head

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Tech

Scientists have discovered “further evidence” that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not psychological and could actually be caused by bacteria in the g...

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 25.10.2016 | 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 17.10.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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.