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'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…

'My daughter was bullied'

When Maria's daughter moved to secondary school, she was bullied by a group of girls who had been her best friends at primary school. Halfway through the school year, Maria* became aware that her daughter Sam* wasn't being invited to her friends' houses any more.…

'My drinks diary shock'

Patrick Greene didn't see himself as a heavy drinker until he kept a drinks diary for a week. He says it was a wake-up call. "I was working from home and found that if I didn't go out in the evening I'd feel like I'd…

'My family's deaths were a wake-up call'

After both her father and brother lost their lives to heart disease at a young age, Helen Cleary knew she had to make changes. Then in her 40s, the mother of three was overweight and unfit, and couldn't go up a flight of stairs without losing…

'My gastric band weight loss surgery'

Vicky Finch tells how she had a gastric band fitted after years of weight gain was starting to put her long-term health at risk.  "My weight had begun to creep up when I was 25, after having children, and in spite of numerous attempts to lose weight,…

'My learning disability'

Sinead Dobbin, 25 when interviewed, is a charity worker from Trafford. She goes to college and likes swimming, shopping and meeting her friends. Here she talks about life with a learning disability. "I work as an office assistant for United Response [a charity supporting people with learning disabilities].…

'My life with Asperger syndrome'

Michael Cooke, 22 when interviewed, has Asperger syndrome and lives at home with his parents and three brothers in Manchester. He works at an arts centre a few evenings a week and likes playing football. "I am a front-of-house assistant at Sale Waterside Arts Centre.…