Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By Sylvia Groves I am 68 years old and live in a rural area in a fairly remote location in the United Kingdom. My health had always generally been good. I got plenty of exercise outdoors, did physical work, and ate a very healthy diet, including a wide variation of fruits and vegetables daily. I … Read more>>

A Family Affair: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Stephanie Westlake I have lived with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since I was a young child, although I did not get diagnosed until I had a breakdown from chronic anxiety at the age of 18. My first symptom was apparent when I was a child and a friend of my mother’s commented that I had … Read more>>

Challenging IBS with Positivity

By Sandie Briar With ill health comes a newfound strength that gives an insight into the real me. I see things now that need mastering so I can live a half-decent life. I’m 68 years old and have followed my maternal grandmother and mother with osteoarthritis that manifests in our hands and wrists leaving us … Read more>>

My Story: Neuromyelitis Optica

By Ashlee Olsen In 2004, about six weeks after giving birth to my son, I developed my first symptom of neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare condition where the immune system damages the spinal cord and the optic nerves. One morning, I woke up and couldn’t see out of my right eye. I visited the local … Read more>>

Awaiting Open Heart Surgery

By Elizabeth Briggs My experience started when I had a bad cough for months starting in October. After months of antibiotics, chest x-rays, and steroids, my GP asked me if I was aware I had a heart murmur. “All fresh news to me,” I replied with a smile on my face. Little did I know … Read more>>

Parkinson’s disease: “Life is never the same”

By Barbara Kelly My name is Barbara, I have been married to Richard for 40 years; he is my rock.  Having lived on the North Shore of Long Island, we retired to coastal South Carolina in 2009 without a plan, not knowing a soul in town. Never big on planning for the future, we are … Read more>>

My Weight, My Heart, My Health

By Marina Stock This is my second weight loss journey. Twenty years ago I lost more than 100 pounds in 13 months with a slimming club. I even won an award! I also started running, beginning with the Race for Life, a 5K run, and working up to the Cardiff Marathon (42K). I stopped running … Read more>>

Overcoming My Fear to Survive Kidney Cancer

By Hazel Jameson Editor’s Note: In this blog post, Hazel Jameson shares her story of being diagnosed with kidney cancer and overcoming her fear to proceed with the surgery needed to save her life. Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in the UK with 36 new cases being diagnosed every day, according to Cancer … Read more>>

COPD: Preparing for a Double Lung Transplant

By Bernadette Sweeney I suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). I was born four weeks early and was intubated as my lungs were not fully developed. I had pneumonia at a year old and as a young child, I suffered from recurrent ear infections. I was treated as an asthmatic as a child, but … Read more>>