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'I was addicted to love'

Broadcaster and journalist Clare Catford explains how love addiction affected her life, and talks about the treatment she received. "I now realise that I've been addictive from a very early age. I had all the 'normal' obsessions with pop stars, then I developed huge crushes on…

'I was an alcoholic mother'

Journalist and author Niki Shisler, from London, sought help for her alcoholism when she realised she could no longer take care of her son. "I was never a binge drinker. I was very much a 'maintenance' drinker. I was drinking round the clock. My friends afterwards all…

'I was petrified of passing psoriasis on to my children'

Ros Foreman, aged 56 when interviewed, has had severe psoriasis since childhood. She talks about how pregnancy, sunshine and medicines have helped. "I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 9. I'd been skipping to school and fell over, grazing my knees and elbows. The grazes didn't heal and,…

'I weighed 70kg at age 11'

Chris Bennington, 14, swapped burgers and chips for healthy alternatives and lost more than a stone. When he was eight years old, Chris' parents divorced and he went to live with his grandmother in Mountain Ash, South Wales. "When Chris and his brother and sister came to me,…

'Is weight loss surgery right for me?'

If you're very obese and you've already tried improving your diet and exercise levels without success, then weight loss surgery could be the right option for you. But it's not a short cut to losing weight easily as it will mean changing the way you eat forever.…

'Losing my mum'

Sarah Phillips was 16 when her mother, Debbie, died after four years with cervical cancer. At the funeral, Sarah played a recording she had made of the song Autumn by Paolo Nutini. Little did she know that her cover version would become a YouTube hit. Sarah talks…

'Malaria nearly killed me'

Mo Kanneh nearly died after catching one of the most severe forms of malaria during a trip to Sierra Leone. He didn't take antimalarial medication, believing the course he had taken for a previous trip to the West African country still protected him. But he fell…

'My blood pressure was too high'

Jane Hudson: "My NHS Health Check was a wake-up call." Jane Hudson, aged 70 at the time of her NHS Health Check, is from Emley, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She lives with her husband and has one son and two daughters. Last year, Jane received a…

'My children teach me the art of patience'

Deborah French has four children, two of whom have special educational needs. In this interview, she explains how she supports them day to day and describes the help she receives from others. Henry, 10, has ASD Deborah's son Henry is 10 years old and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Henry's…

'My daughter Caron's breast cancer'

Gloria Hunniford's daughter, TV presenter Caron Keating, died from breast cancer. Below, Gloria talks about how she coped. "Caron's positivity was astounding. She always believed she would beat the cancer, even when we were told that she'd be lucky to survive more than 18 months. She lived…