Every single day is full of choices. Should I wear this outfit, or this one? What should I cook for dinner tonight? Who should I call about this issue? What do I want to watch on TV? We make them spontaneously, unconsciously, sometimes even carelessly. These small and seemingly insignificant decisions make up our day-to-day lives and yet, on so many occasions, we barely even give them a second thought.
A university student. An avid athlete. And now the latest member of her family to be diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, a decade after it first struck them. Ellis Kerton shares her story of her battle to keep the ‘Hope in Huntington’s’.
When receiving cancer treatments – such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy – up to 80% of people can lose weight. But the lesser-known and less common side effect is weight gain, and some people can put on up to 8 stone.
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.
When I heard that Giovanni Pernice was touring his own show this year, I was full of excitement. As someone who has starred in one of my all-time favourite TV programmes ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, and as someone I idolise as both a dancer and a performer, I knew I had to go and see it, and that I had to learn some dance moves from the man himself. Luckily, both of those wishes were granted on April 29, 2017.
I was recently asked a question in a job interview that went a little bit like this: “How can you demonstrate that you’ll be committed and dedicated to this role, despite the sometimes long and unsociable hours?” There was only one thing that came to my mind. The same thing that, I’m sure, has influenced a huge part of the way I am today. Dancing.
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.
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.
The road warped one way and then the other, headlights illuminating a small patch of moist tarmac and a scatter of autumnal leaves ahead as the vehicle trundled along. The rest of the road remained a complete mystery, with darkness firmly settled in all directions. While the passenger’s eyes were fixed on her phone screen, the driver’s were straight ahead. Alert. Fixed. Focused.
Then suddenly panicked, wide, overwhelmed, unmoving. The headlights in front of them grew impossibly big filling their entire vision. The sound of airbags exploding on impact was piercing, and then – blank. Paralysed in shock, the driver lay still while the passenger rolled her right ear towards her shoulder, their eyes meeting. “We’re going to die, Katie.” Continue reading