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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.

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!

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.

 

The wonderful Fiona here shares her determination to help cancer patients get through treatment with something other than chemo in the diary. As Fiona herself painfully knows, when you’re fighting cancer, sometimes chemo is the only thing you’ve got in the diary. And so, Fiona set up ‘Something To Look Forward To’, giving patients and their families treats like spa days, cinema trips, dinners and adventures. It’s a gorgeous sentiment and a vital cause, as the cancer statistics continue to loom large over our country.

Fiona’s story is in My Weekly Specials edition this month. You can donate to Something To Look Forward To by clicking here.

When you are told you’ll never hear your child utter a single word, hearing them defy doctor’s expectations and tell you that they love you must sound all the sweeter. In today’s Daily Mirror, mum Lydia tells how her children were diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis and, fitted with a tracheotomy each, the chances of her kids ever being able to speak were unlikely.

Lydia’s kids had other ideas. In this incredible story, she explains how they learned to say ‘I love you’ (and many other words!) despite their diagnosis and despite their tracheostomies.

Beautiful photos by Millie Pilkington – out today in the Daily Mirror. You can read the story online here.

If your children have defied expectations and you’d like to celebrate their achievements in a magazine or newspaper, get in touch today.

In this weekend’s Mail on Sunday, we shared the story of the magnificent Dexter, a wonderful little chap who has a rare genetic condition which means that he is unable to feel the sensation of pain. It is a complex condition which raises a myriad of challenges for his parents, as they battle to keep him safe from harm.

As mum Lindsay states, life would be easier if Dexter loved fluffy things like feathers and teddies, but Dexter prefers tools, tractors and trucks. Give the boy an engine, some kind of machinery or a toolkit and he’s in bliss. His knowledge of tools puts me to shame, as I don’t know my saw from my hammer.

The plaster cast you can see in this photo has now been removed and Dexter’s doing well. He’s about to celebrate his fourth birthday. Happy Birthday champ!

The story can also be read online here.