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  • 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 .…

  • HEALTH, MOTHER OF ALL LISTS, MUST READ

    A TALE OF TWO ABORTIONS

    The author of today's piece wishes to remain anonymous (she explains why in the opening line), but as I said to her over email, what's remarkable about her writing is that highlights how 'common-place yet let life-altering' abortions are.…

  • BODY IMAGE, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH

    MALE EATING DISORDERS

    Having watched the Freddie Flintoff documentary about his struggle with bulimia I have been thinking about the unique challenges of male eating disorders. Thank you Connor for being so open about his ongoing recovery from his, including how it intersects with his relationship with exercise. …

  • BODY IMAGE, EMOTIONAL, HEALTH

    BYE BYE BOOBS

    Anyone who follows Carly on Instagram (if you don't you should) will likely be in awe of how she has emerged from what has been an extremely challenging chapter in a way that is inspiring to witness. On a recent post celebrating life post-chemo and post-surgery she wrote: "one small step at a time, moving forwards, growing, healing & living." This is an 'ode to her boobs' ahead of a double mastectomy:…