Even though I had never seen anyone die or even been to a funeral, mortality seemed to be an inevitable part of life that had always been just under the surface. And it was not going away, whether I avoided talking about it or used the words other than "death" to describe it.
By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.
Some of the runners among you will be smiling now and saying: "Ah yes, but it's only walking isn't it?" But, mile for mile, a power walker walking at 4.5-5mph will burn the same calories as a runner, without the high impact and higher injury risk.
It has happened! Make no mistake, this is very big news. I have been delivering my Educate & Celebrate training to make schools LGBT-Friendly across the UK over the last few years and this is my first primary school to take the leap of using policy language and making it visible to all.
How do I find the words to thank each and every one of you for reading Charley's final blog post and taking her to your hearts? Tell you all how much strength your messages have given me as I find myself in that very 'gaping, unjust, cruel and pointless hole' that Charley described in her piece? A cherished wife, loving mother, beloved daughter and dear friend has been torn from our lives. So I am now a widower at the young age of 38. I never expected this. And it's hurts so much. But my wife has taught me so much about courage and "framing rainbows" that I want to be brave and useful and do something to help others - as Charley did.
Malala Yousafzai is not only 'The Girl who was Shot by the Taliban'. She is the girl we teenagers should aspire to be like. She is the girl who will shape our generation, and remind future ones that with the power of education, one can achieve anything and everything.
There's only one thing I can tell you about the town of Oslob in the Philippines: don't go. There is a tendency amongst travel bloggers to over romanticise, but I wouldn't want to lie to you.
The C-word is already the disease we're most scared of, and the one we (think we) know most about. Just take any hypochondriac you know, and how many times per month they self-diagnose with a terminal illness. Cancer symptoms are vague and unspecific in young people (the top culprits are persistent and unexplained pain, lumps, bumps or swelling; significant weight loss; extreme tiredness; changes in a mole)...
Countries worldwide must take decisive and meaningful action to bring the slaughter to an end, and the démarche is a good start on this march towards a fully effective worldwide ban on commercial killing of the whales.
We know that a delay in diagnosing breast cancer can, for some, adversely affect how successful treatment is. Many women tell us that going to their GP about a breast symptom can be terrifying. When someone is brave enough to take this step, then all must be done to support them, ensure they are cared for and referred in a prompt and timely fashion...
If every person in the UK went meat free for one day, it would reduce our carbon footprint by more than if every vehicle in the UK was taken off the road for one day! As well as being responsible for a huge amount of global greenhouse gas emissions, meat production requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources - land, water and energy...
Deafblindness is a complex disability. Not being able to see and hear requires specialist support and for many children around the world, accessing this support is incredibly difficult.
Last week a colleague and I travelled to Greece to the annual EECERA Conference. I like to attend such conferences because I believe that if we do not work to connect practitioners, policy makers and academics then we will never gain the coherence we need to ensure policies and practice are effective and actually support children and families in a way that also supports social justice.
In April 2013, my sister Geraldine got the devastating news that she had secondary breast cancer, just months after being told she had recovered from a long and painful battle with the disease which had begun some six years earlier. It's hard to put into words how I felt. The pain and anger were soon joined by a sense of helplessness...
As you read this, I will no longer be here. So, in my absence, please, please, enjoy life. Take it by both hands, grab it, shake it and believe in every second of it. Embrace your loved one and if they cannot embrace you back, find someone who will. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return.
£5,000,000 is an awful lot of money, but its value is way beyond the number of noughts in the figure. The contribution that Stephen Sutton's legacy will make to improving the quality of life and chances of survival to young people across the UK is inestimable.