A fight for sight: Samuel’s story

Having a child with a medical condition can be challenging for any parent, especially if it has a considerable impact on their life. But one mum is pulling out all the stops to make sure her son’s happiness isn’t limited just because his eyesight is. Here’s their story.

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13 lessons we learn from 13 Reasons Why

After reading the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher last summer, I was so excited when I heard that the poignant storyline would be coming to Netflix in the form of a 13-episode series. The story revolves around student Hannah Baker who kills herself, and each chapter, or episode, reveals another reason why she did it. As the plot thickens, there are so many lessons we can learn from this heart-breaking tale.

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Here’s why you need to stop calling yourself “fat”

No matter what our differences are as people, insecurities are what seem to tie us all together. The issues we face differ from person to person, but each one of them causes the same negative end-product. Although everyone is entitled to their struggles, and should never be shunned or made to feel guilty for having them, we also all have a responsibility to make sure our own problems aren’t inflicting more pain and suffering on other people.

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My health mystery: The final chapter

Five. Five years of my, so far, 20-year life. That’s a quarter. A quarter of my life spent dealing with this. Four – that’s how many hospitals I’ve been to. Seventeen – that’s how many procedures I’ve had. Nine – the types of medication we’ve tried. One – the amount of operations. 2016 – well, that’s not a number, but a year. And it’s an important year, because it’s the year we put a plan into place and decided that this health mystery ends here.

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My capsule endoscopy & me

Five years of sitting in a doctors waiting rooms wondering which tests they’ll do next. Five years of receiving letters through the post revealing that another examination has failed to identify the problem. Five years of cameras, scans, procedures and investigations – and a hell of a lot of questions unanswered along the way. But today marks the day of my most recent examination, which has raised one common question for my friends and family – what the bloody hell is a Capsule Endoscopy?
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How to keep fit on a budget

Bank-busting clothing, extortionate gym memberships and the cost of equipment, with the added uncertainty of how many times you’ll actually use it once bought. These are all things that are blocking us from hopping up off the couch right away and kick starting our fitness journeys. But if that’s the case for you, it really is time you found a better excuse…

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