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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

53-Year-Old Stroke Survivor : “I’m a new me”

By Wendy Wolstencroft It was June 2017. I felt totally well. I had been to the gym and was driving to see a friend. I suddenly came to in the car and felt incredibly dizzy, couldn’t see properly, and vomited several times. I was drifting in and out of consciousness. Luckily for me our neighbours … Read more>>

Heart Attack Survivor Walks England’s Grand Union Canal

By Jim Elston I was born in 1960 in London and now live on the Isle of Wight, located off England’s south coast, with my partner and best friend, Ruby. A combination of lifestyle choices, smoking, drinking, late nights playing with my band, and holding down a “real” job meant that something had to give … Read more>>

Surviving Lung Cancer with Support from Online Community

By Lesley Booth In this month’s blog post, Lesley Booth shares her story of being diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer. She credits HealthUnlocked’s Quit Support online community for helping her through the many challenges she faced. On April 5, 2012, I turned 63. The week before I got a terrible chest infection, which made me … Read more>>