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  • 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 .…

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

    FERTILITY JOURNEY OF A GERIATRIC MUM

    I vividly remember being told that after 35 you are considered geriatric in terms of fertility and pregnancy! The shock! I could have sworn I was young just a moment ago!? Fortunately, the terminology has moved on but doesn't mean find yourself in that bracket isn't without its challenges as Liberty Mills explains...…

  • HEALTH, INSPIRING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    THE REALITY OF FOOD IN SCHOOLS

    When the free school meals provision (or lack of it) was in the press a couple of weeks ago I asked my friend Naomi for her insight from the 'front line', as it were. Naomi is the CEO of Chefs in Schools a brilliant team of chefs and teachers who transform food, food culture and food education in primary s…

  • 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. …