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'I feel healthier as a vegan'

Married father-of-one David Scott, 46, from Glasgow, talks about his decision to become a vegan and how he makes sure his diet is balanced and varied. When and why did you become a vegan? It was a gradual process that started about 18 months ago.…

'I got cirrhosis at 34'

After years of drinking at what he thought were normal levels, Andy Ball was diagnosed with the liver disease cirrhosis. "I don't have a history of alcoholism in my family and I had a normal relationship with alcohol. It was never taboo. As I got…

'I got DVT from flying'

Journalist Mark Pownall developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) on a long-haul flight from New Orleans to London. He had been in the US for a medical conference in March 2004, reporting on topics including deep vein thrombosis. The night before his journey home, Mark had a few drinks. The flight was long, with…

'I had breast cancer and then cervical cancer'

Juanita Higgs, 69, explains the impact of cancer on her life, and how her charity work helps others and brings her so much happiness. "I'd always had problems with lumps in my breasts, particularly on the left side, so I was always quite breast aware.…

'I had prostate cancer'

Philip Kissi, originally from Ghana, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 48. He was unaware that a family history of prostate cancer put him at a higher risk than other men. Both his grandfathers had prostate problems, and his grandfather on his mother's side died…

'I managed to eat healthily on £3 a day'

Caroline Finucane set herself the challenge of living on £3 a day while sticking to a healthy balanced diet, including 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. With some creativity and careful planning, she managed to spend an average of £1 a meal without compromising…

'I quit smoking for my son'

Cecelia Elliott, a London secretary, realised her son might have to grow up without a mum if she didn't stop smoking. Here's how she successfully quit. "I've been smoking on and off since I was 16. My dad used to smoke and I thought I'd…

'I ran a marathon after losing weight'

After losing a close friend to cancer, Christine Schofield went on a health kick, which culminated with her crossing the finish line of her first ever marathon. Essex-born Christine put on weight over 20 years ago, after she stopped smoking. Over the years, her weight gradually increased.  After losing 22lbs (10kg) and…

'I remember being 10 years old and feeling fat'

Christine Vivier has had a love-hate relationship with food most of her life, but now, as the mother of a two-year-old girl, she wants to turn over a new leaf. Personal tragedy has also played a role. Her father-in-law, who was overweight, died in front of her…

'I started bleeding after the menopause'

Gabrielle Neal discovered she had womb cancer at the age of 58. Thankfully, early diagnosis and treatment saved her life. "I'd been looking forward to a family Christmas with my husband, children and grandchildren for months," says Gabrielle from Woodbridge in Suffolk. "On Christmas Eve, we…