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For Emily, it’s not about what the Christmas tree looks like. Christmas is about how it feels, how it smells, how it makes her feel. Partially sighted, Emily was kind enough to describe Christmas from where she is standing, in this week’s Best magazine. She’s a poetic and beautiful soul who went into wonderful detail about all the little things that other people might take for granted and it was a joy to work with her on this.

It’s a little early but… Happy Christmas to Emily!

Check her out in Best this week.

Rebecca kindly opened her heart to us to help other women who might be experiencing the worst symptoms of the menopause. She often felt very alone and very far removed from who she used to be -and she’s determined to help other women know they are going to be okay. Society doesn’t talk about the reality of the ‘change’ often, but recently it has been in the press a lot so here’s hoping that the conversation has begun.

If you’re suffering in silence, visit My Menopause Doctor on Facebook for support and guidance.

You can read Rebecca’s story in Notebook online here.

Louise has devoted her life to helping the innocent victims caught in the crossfire of war – dogs, cats, equines – any animal trying to live where us humans are at war. After concluding a tour of Iraq while serving in the military, Louise couldn’t come home – she was compelled to stay and give her life to helping animals. Dividing her time between Iraq and Afghanistan, Louise has saved hundreds, if not thousands of lives. She’s an incredible woman – but she needs our help! If you’d like to help Louise raise much needed funds to keep doing what she does, visit www.warpaws.org

You can read her story in Love Sunday or online here.

In Best Magazine this week, we delve into the debate around normalising obesity. This was an interesting report to write, taking in comments from a GP and a nutrition expert and looking at how dangerous it is to be severely overweight OR underweight. Ultimately, the most important lesson is to look after ourselves and that includes being mindful about what we eat and how active we are.

Out in Best! now…

Here’s a story sure to make you smile! The beautiful family Judy built – her ‘custom made’ family as she describes them! Unable to have children of their own biologically, Judy and Jim set out to adopt. Tom was their first child and they thought he was more than they needed… until they heard about Katie. Both children have Down’s syndrome and both children are excelling and wonderful and keep Jim and Judy on their toes even after all these years. Sounds like family life then…
For information and support about Down’s syndrome, visit www.futureofdowns.com

 

 

It’s not often enough that us humans stop to think about the consequences of war to the other animals who are trying to live on this planet. But for Louise, this became the meaning of her life – after serving a tour of Afghanistan she saw the horrors inflicted on animals living in a war torn desert country and made it her mission to help them. Dogs, cats, horses and beyond – Louise set up a rescue centre, then moved to Iraq and did the same thing all over again.

She is an incredible woman and I was proud to bring attention to her projects. If you’d like to help animals all over the world, help veterinary charity WVS send care packages worldwide by donating here.

I love these sisters – what a super relationship they share. When Melissa could not conceive, big sis Lisa stepped in to offer up her womb. As surrogate, she was able to give Melissa the greatest gift – beautiful twins. I loved Lisa’s sense of humour too – when strangers stopped her to congratulate her on her bump, she’d say: ‘Thanks, they’re my brother-in-law’s babies’ and ‘They’re not mine,’ which is my kind of humour!

Melissa shared their story in Woman’s Own. We wish you the very best with the twins, Melissa!

Fabulous Magazine has had a refurb and is looking… fabulous! In yesterday’s edition I was lucky enough to write about this incredible woman – Akuja De Garang had to flea southern Sudan when she was eight years old, after civil war made it unsafe for her family to live there. She eventually settled in Britain but always knew her heart belonged in South Sudan. As soon as it was safe she returned, and has devoted her life to girls’ education. For her services, she was awarded an MBE this year.

You can read her story here. 

 

 

Alcohol just so happens to be legal – but it’s still a drug and for some people the line between what’s socially acceptable and what can become a dangerous addiction is blurred. For Leanne, the journey to sobriety took her to some dark places, but she is doing incredibly well now. Her family stuck by her and never stopped believing in her and now, she is a beacon of hope and positivity with a love of the great outdoors and life’s more meaningful experiences.

Huge love to Leanne for everything she has achieved. Raising awareness about alcoholism in this week’s Best magazine, her story is incredible.

I very much doubt that if I were faced with the circumstances Amy finds herself in, I would be able to string a sentence together, let alone speak with such articulation, poetry and indeed, wit. But that’s Amy. And to pay Gareth the tribute he so deserves, Amy has found the strength to write about him on her blog and talk about him to me with such wonderful kindness and strength. She’s a widow but determined to find her way through this difficult journey in a way that would make Gareth proud. You make us all proud, Amy!

You can read Amy’s incredible story in Best Magazine this week.