• 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.…

  • EMOTIONAL, MENTAL HEALTH

    TOXIC LOVE

    This list is shocking - and incredibly brave - as the writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, details exactly what she went through in an emotionally, physically and sexually abusive relationship. The trauma she suffered is horrendous, but 10 years on, she is safe and supported. Please be aware, there are some distressing moments in this list. …

  • 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…

  • MENTAL HEALTH

    DEPRESSION AND ME

    This list from Natasha Evans about her experience of suffering from depression is upsetting and powerful, but above all it's incredibly honest. Here she details the ups and downs of her life, how she kept going at the lowest of moments when her mind turned against her, and how she slowly began to recover. …

  • 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…

  • MOTHERHOOD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING

    MY FIRSTBORN HAS LEFT HOME. WHAT NOW?

    Recently I've heard parents talk about the grief they're feeling as their children leave home for the first time. And it's often completely unexpected. This empty nest syndrome, that Caroline Hanson so eloquently explores in her list, is something she always knew was coming, and is exactly as it should be, yet the pain and emptiness she has felt has left her bereft…