Illness

A Year Ago I Almost Died

J.J. Barnes | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
J.J. Barnes

A year ago today I was eighteen weeks pregnant and I had contracted swine flu, though at the time nobody knew that.  My mother-in-law came round and found me lying on the sofa in agony, throwing up, and feeling faint.  She was frightened for me and phoned my dad.

This Is How Many Sick Days The Average Worker Takes Per Year

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Days lost through sickness absence fell to a record low of around four per worker last year, new figures have revealed. Around 137 million working day...

When Is It OK To Laugh At People With Disabilities?

Amanda Elias | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Elias

I get it, people don't understand Parkinson's, it's just a condition that makes you shake right? Wrong, sadly very very wrong. The thing with Parkinson's is that there is no one box fits all label, each sufferer will experience different symptoms.

Acting After Illness #7 Imperfection

David King | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

It's been 2 years, almost to the day, since I had Stereotactic Radiosurgery on the AVM in my brain. As planned, I had an MRI scan at St Georges H...

Looking Up When Your Body Is Down

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Swatee Jasoria

Even when we do all the right things, like sleep eight hours a day, eat well and exercise regularly, sometimes we just get sick. We can't help it. When and how we get ill is not necessarily in our control, but how we deal with it is.

Kids Winter Virus Watch

Dr. Ranj Singh | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents
Dr. Ranj Singh

As well as the cold weather, winter brings with it a whole host of childhood viral illnesses. So it's important for parents to be mindful of what's out there, how to deal with them and when to seek help.

The NHS 'Should Be Cherished'

Janet Davies | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Since the Government announced the withdrawal of student funding for would-be nurses last year, we are already hearing of a 20% drop in applications for graduate nursing courses. And the 1% pay cap on salaries is not helping to encourage people into nursing and is making existing nurses reconsider whether they can even afford to continue. If the NHS wants to achieve a clean bill of health, we need to ensure there is adequate staffing, funding, resource and education. The health of the nation is at stake.

Pursued By A Bear

Caragh Little | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In darker times, it can be the simple, almost imperceptible moments that can change a life as well. That moment when you notice someone repeating themselves just once too often, saying something which seems at odds with what they think... the diagnosis may be the momentous thing, but somehow it was those days you just began to wonder when you knew by instinct things were going to change.

Acting After Illness #6 Anger

David King | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

The AVM in my head has been treated with radiation and the hope is to obliterate it. If I take Aurelius's view, in the greater scheme of things, and in relation to the bigger picture, it is then a very very very small abnormality indeed. An annoyance.

Giving Your Family Permission To Celebrate When You Are Ill

Karin Sieger | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

The diagnosis, illness and treatment had been like a massive earthquake, destroying everything. How was I going to rebuild? Was there time to rebuild? My life has been shortened. While the diagnosis was not terminal, predictions vary. So much uncertainty.

On Teen Mental Health: What You Can Do

Eleanor Segall | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Eleanor Segall

In my opinion, one of the most overlooked facts in world mental health is that of the health of teenagers, wherever they may be from in the world. Illnesses often start with the onset of puberty due to changing hormones. This means that illnesses in the mind and brain like bipolar, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, addictions, self harm, eating disorders, trauma can all start in the teen years.

Acting After Illness #5 Resilience

David King | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

Building resilience is changing my life. Resilience has made me more committed to my life, my goals and I have good reasons to get out of bed in the morning. Resilience is needed to work as an actor.

Chasing 'Perfect'

Lisa Valentine | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Valentine

The seemingly new found trend and glorification of busy is a worrying one. It almost feels like one big grown up game of Top Trumps. Who can be the busiest? Who can be that mythical, perfect human being whilst the majority of us secretly feel like we're failing at this adult malarkey?

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 21.03.2017 | 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 15.03.2017 | 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...