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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.

An extraordinary family – built their own way. Here we have Regina and Megan writing open letters to each other in Woman Magazine. Regina and her husband adopted Megan and her sister Lily when they were young girls and now that Megan is 18 she felt ready to reflect on what it means to her to be adopted. Megan is a wise and wonderful soul who articulated how much her parents meant to her in such a beautiful way – and Regina was just as gorgeous! They are such a fab family and I was honoured to write this piece celebrating how successful adoption can be.

For advice about adoption, visit www.adoptionuk.org

Megan and Regina are in this week’s Woman, out now.

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.

 

When you’ve spent the last 18+ years nurturing, feeding and housing your kids, home can feel eerily quiet when they jump ship for pastures new. In Best Magazine this week, we interviewed Jacqueline and Kay, who described how they’re figuring out this new chapter of their lives.

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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.