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Since when did healthy equal skinny?

Diet: a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. “I’m going on a diet” synonyms: dietary regime, dietary regimen, dietary programme, restricted diet, crash diet   I bet I can guess how the majority of your conversations are going this January. Let me see…. Someone is Read More

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Aurora Borealis and Fireworks

When do we start planning the lives of our children? Is it when we conceive? Or is it earlier than that? Does everyone, unconsciously at least, absorb events, feelings, hopes and dreams, and hold them in a tiny part of their brains ready to transmit to those they may give birth to. We may think, Read More

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Relentlessness

Relentlessness: a good word for describing something that’s harsh, unforgiving, and persistent, like the hot sun in the desert, or a cold that keeps you in bed for days with a nose like a strawberry. When you’re relentless about something, you mean business. Being a mum to poorly children, as I’ve said many time before, Read More

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Double Diagnosis

For me, the minute you conceive the emotions of guilt and anxiety become heightened. The world is suddenly full of dangers you could not possibly have foreseen and life changes. No longer do you simply need to take care of yourself. Guilt is no longer consigned to those mornings you awake with a hangover and Read More

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Sorry

Sorry: feeling regret or penitence. I’m sorry if I forget your birthday, or your child’s birthday. I’m sorry if I don’t seem excited when you tell me about your holiday plans for the summer. Or revel in your good news as much as I should.  I’m sorry if I forget to reply to a text or Read More

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Sorry

Sorry: feeling regret or penitence. I’m sorry if I forget your birthday, or your child’s birthday.  I’m sorry if I don’t seem excited when you tell me about your holiday plans for the summer. Or revel in your good news as much as I should.  I’m sorry if I forget to reply to a text Read More

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Preparation

Preparation: The action or process of preparing or being prepared for use or consideration. How do you prepare for something you are dreading and that affects the whole family and a wide circle of friends? It is not easy, but it is necessary, for when the event happens, whatever that event may be, preparation is Read More

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Diagnosis

Diagnosis: the identification of the nature of an illness or other problem by examination of the symptoms. This time next Thursday, I will be sat at home with my fasting six year old, waiting to take him into hospital for a lobectomy. Surgery where he has to have part of his right lung removed because Read More

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Opinion

Opinion: In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective. There was, as you are all undoubtedly aware and completely unsurprised about, another Twitter debate that involved/angered a large proportion of tweeps earlier this week. And I watched and read every tweet with interest. Just as I Read More

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Running Shoes

Running Shoes: slang, related term: give someone his walking papers.    Depression has been in the news a lot over this last weekend and, sadly, for all of the wrong reasons.  It is as though there are two clear camps on either side of the debate; those who have had depression and ‘get it’, and those who have not, and believe it is simply a Read More