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  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BABY'S, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH IN MY BATHROOM

    After the birth of my first baby, I felt completely traumatised and couldn't get the horror out of my head. So when Emily Neumann emailed about suffering birth trauma, I could absolutely identify with those feelings of utter terror, anxiety and aloneness. Emily's waters broke early and everything happened so quickly, she ended up giving birth on her toilet at home. What she went through was incredibly traumatic, and the flashbacks she's had have been unbearable…

  • EMOTIONAL, HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    BECOMING A MUM WHILE LOSING MINE TO ALZHEIMER’S

    There are so many questions you want to ask when having a baby and often, your mum is the first person you turn to. But, Her mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and although she is still here, her mind isn't. This cruel disease has taken away their future together, just when she needed her mum the most…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, MOTHERHOOD

    HOW I REACHED BURNOUT

    The emotional, physical and mental exhaustion slowly crept up on Flic Taylor, as she struggled through the days, spinning all the plates. Until it was too late, and she quit her job and stayed in bed for three weeks.  It's something I'm so aware of - struggling to juggle all the balls in life is too real sometimes. They get dropped, and I feel like I'm running on empty. But how do we know when it's time to stop? Or when to ask for help?…

  • HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD AS AN ADULT

    This is Rebecca Schiller's story about how, over three decades, she had always felt at odds with the world. She spent her life trying to fit in and to cover things up, amidst the swirling chaos of her mind. But in the end, it broke her. And then she was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 37. And finally, things began to make sense…

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

    THE REALITY OF A NICU PARENT

    My heart was in my mouth while reading this list from Sam @the_nicu_mummy. The fear and the anxiety around your child being ill is just horrendous. For Sam, her nightmare began during pregnancy and then straight after giving birth, her baby boy was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is somewhere you never hope to find yourself.…

  • HEALTH

    EARLY MENOPAUSE AND ME

    Struggling through years of debilitating insomnia, brain fog and anxiety, and heartbreakingly while trying for a baby, Nicola discovered she was postmenopausal - aged just 38.   The menopause is something that will affect half the population but you assume it happens later in life, right? Nope, not always the case. And so thanks to people like Nicola, the more it's spoken about, the more the silence is broken and the more we can all help each other. Which can only be a good thing.…

  • HEALTH

    MY YEAR ON THE FRONT LINE AS AN ICU DOCTOR

    One way or another, we've all had a grim year, but to be working for the NHS during the pandemic requires a whole different level of resilience. As a consultant in intensive care, Dr Carmen Lopez Soto really has seen it all. She's cared for the sickest patients and had the most heart-breaking conversations with their loved ones. I genuinely don't know how she has got through it - and is still going through it. I am in awe of her...…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING

    MY JOURNEY WITH DYSLEXIA AND SELF BELIEF

    Today seems like a good moment to share this one. I have been recording the audiobook version of my book 'BUT WHY?' week and I found it really tough. I had forgotten that being dyslexic makes reading out loud from a script challenging; I can't seem to get my eyes, brain, and mouth to communicate to one another properly. With this in mind Frankie Watkin's account of how dyslexia impacted her self-esteem felt entirely relatable and relevant. Thank you Frankie .…