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  • HEALTH, INSPIRING, MENTAL HEALTH

    HOW MENTAL HEALTH BROKE MY BACK BUT DIDN’T BREAK ME

    The title of Nikki's incredible list exactly sums up what happened to her. Having suffered from psychosis and feeling shame and embarrassment around it, which is heartbreaking to hear, it was during the last psychotic episode, in 2019, that Nikki had a horrendous accident, which became a turning point in her life. Her positivity and determination really are an inspiration…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    EATING DISORDERS DON’T HAVE ONE LOOK

    In this powerful list Hope Virgo, author and found of #DumpTheScales, writes about her long, painful and exhausting experience of anorexia. As she explains, eating disorders are still one of the most stigmatised of illnesses, and at times it felt as if there was no way out for her, but she also tells us that full recovery really is possible. …

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER

    Beth Calvert was diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager and then postnatal depression in her 20s. She speaks about the highs and the lows, the exhaustion and the extremely dark moments where she thought her only way out was to die. What Beth went through sounds absolutely terrifying. And then a doctor diagnosed her with bipolar disorder and her life finally clicked into place…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING

    LIVING LIFE WITH URINARY INCONTINENCE

    Thank you so much to Jo Williams for this incredibly honest list about a subject which, unfortunately, is rarely spoken of. Jo was paralysed after suffering a spinal stroke and here she explains what she's learned from four years of living with urinary incontinence.…

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    MY SON’S AUTISM DIAGNOSIS

    Before having children, you often paint a picture of what you expect life to look like with your new family. But sometimes, that gets turned inside out. When Nicola Jeffrey's son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she suddenly found herself in the unknown; feeling lost, anxious and helpless. But over time, Nicola learned to let go of worrying about the future. She realised autism wasn't something that needed to be 'fixed' and that her son, Scott, is exactly who he is supposed to be.…

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    MOTHERHOOD AFTER BREAST CANCER

    At the age of just 31 Annabel Chown was told she had breast cancer. In this honest and inspiring list, she explains how this diagnosis went on to affect all aspects of her life, including relationships, fertility issues, her decision around a double mastectomy and what this would mean if she had a baby…

  • HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    HOW MY SON’S TYPE ONE DIABETES DIAGNOSIS CHANGED OUR LIVES

    The moment when Emma Oliver's worst nightmare, of her son being diagnosed with Type One Diabetes, became a reality will stay with her forever. What she describes sounds terrifying. Having being diagnosed with Type One Diabetes herself at the age of 21, she knew what came next, and here she explains the absolute devastation, anger, worry and guilt she has been through since then…

  • HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S

    HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARIUM: HOW LOSING CONTROL MEANT FINDING MYSELF

    How is it that some people breeze through pregnancy while others have the most horrendous time? I have a fear of being sick so HG is actually one of my worst nightmares, and reading Laura Tweedale's list brought me out in cold sweats. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is completely and utterly deliberating. It's all you can do to survive each day. Plus, nobody can tell you when it's going to end…