As I got better I proceeded to try a variation of treatments- peels, microdermabrasion and seaweed were the cuisine of the day! Much to my annoyance I couldn't see improvement, even after purchasing all the 'luxury' creams. So I decided to scratch below the surface- literally.
There is no doubt that medications can sometimes be beneficial, particularly if they are used sparingly and temporarily. But it is scandalous that hundreds of millions of human beings around the world are suffering addiction and adverse reactions to powerful psychotropic drugs which give them no benefit.
My therapist Grace invited me to the dimly-lit, warm hammam chamber to start my luxury hammam treatment. She was full of
Clinical trials of gene therapy have shown "encouraging results" for sufferers of cystic fibrosis - the most common and lethal
Last week I hosted an open debate about substance misuse. It proved so popular we spent the evening adding chairs at the
Current estimates suggests that OSAS is prevalent in over 15% of HGV drivers and in 2013 alone there were 1,713 fatal road traffic accidents. The large vehicles on our roads recorded more of these fatalities than any other vehicle type. OSAS remains a huge problem, but it is not one without a solution, and a 4 week one at that.
I thought I was maybe nearing my way to remission. I thought I had got to a point where the illness didn't define my life any more, where it didn't disable me. I thought I had it under control.
There is nothing wrong with having "a dream", of course. The incentive of a final goal may help us focus and cope with some of the trials that life throws at us. But the narrative of life is often fractured and essentially unpredictable, so living with the only purpose of arriving in a particular predesigned place is a bad strategy.
Please before you pass judgement on anyone's quality of life, stop and think. Don't just claim "I couldn't cope", as I really think you could. Pain, like many other trials in life, can be beaten. It can be medically treated and psychologically mastered, with help, and so we need to have a sensible debate on quality of life before we go any further down a road that may be very hard to come back from.
How come we don't know when to give up and when to keep going? What price are we willing to pay for life? Would we do whatever it takes to prolong it? Should we be allowed to determine when to stop treatment, when we or a relative become seriously ill?
For many, these fears don't evaporate when they finish treatment. We spoke to post-cancer patients and found that nearly a third (30%*) felt under pressure to 'bounce back' more quickly that they would have liked after treatment. For more than a quarter (28%) the expected 'euphoria' of being given the 'all clear' was actually replaced by the fact they simply felt 'emotionally drained'.
"After all this time might I be Bi-Polar rather than still suffering from PTSD?" was the question I posed to Anton Kruger, my psychologist, in March of this year. The reasoning for my question was that it is coming up for 14 years since the train crash which is a significant amount of time. Surely I must be over it by now?
Mrs Baker is a 31-year old mother from County Durham. After suffering from extreme back pain for a couple of years, made
Sometimes I look back at my life 12 years ago; before alopecia. If I am honest with myself I do at times miss having hair, especially my eyelashes and eyebrows; which are what shape our facial features.
If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?
Research was recently presented at the American College of Rheumatology indicating that lack of sleep caused by RA symptoms has been affecting overall quality of life for some sufferers, with women said to be affected on a greater level than men.
For many people, the abuse of alcohol, substances, and illegal drugs can be fuelled by a variety of life events. Financial problems, relationship problems, and work related issues are all common factors that can lead to a person reaching breaking point and turning to substances or alcohol.
No matter how old you are, if you have or have had an eating disorder and are at or have been to university, please do take just five minutes of your time to fill it out. Your contribution to this vital research could play an integral part in improving the lives of hundreds of students with all types of eating disorders and the services on offer to them!
So spring beckons and I've embarked on a new keep-fit regime, involving dieting and light(!) exercise and, inevitably, this
My nan is all kinds of great. She is strong. She had six kids in nine years. She worked. Raised a big family on very little. She's seen a lot of life and she never judges anyone. But there are some problems outside her realm of experiences these days. So as much as my nan remains my favourite person, she's not always the most relevant. Oldest is not always best.