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'My life with Crohn's disease'

Carrie Grant has had the potentially life-threatening bowel condition Crohn's disease since she was a teenager. It's been more than 20 years since her diagnosis of Crohn's disease, but the mother of three and voice coach still has excruciating stomach pains that stop her from eating for weeks. "It…

'My partner abused me'

One 28-year-old woman talks about her experience of domestic violence and reclaiming her life. "Four years ago, I moved to London, started a new job, and met Darren (not his real name). He was very charming and complimentary, and was always sending me flowers and…

'My PSA test found cancer'

Prostate cancer survivor Guy Williams talks about the PSA test, being diagnosed with cancer and why he decided to have surgery to remove his prostate. Guy was 51 when he first considered having a prostate cancer test. Both his father and uncle had the disease. His…

'My search for a back pain cure'

Vicky Joseph's back pain started while she was on a training walk, preparing for a trekking holiday in Nepal. The pain got so severe that she became depressed and had to leave her job. She spent years searching for a cure for the pain. She consulted specialists up and down…

'My smoking scare'

Derek Edwards will never forget Boxing Day 2005, which was a wake-up call for this lifelong smoker. Until then, he had never really considered his smoking habit. By the time he was in his early 60s, Derek had been smoking about 20 cigarettes a day for 40…

'My son was born at 25 weeks'

Saima Parveen and her husband Mohammed live in Bradford. Their first baby, Qais, was born when Saima was 25 weeks pregnant. Saima with baby Qais: 'Holding him for the first time was amazing, nothing can beat that moment' "In August 2010, four weeks after we…

'My trans daughter'

Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body, but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl. "When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn't playing…

'My trans partner'

Jules works as a vocational trainer. Her partner of 25 years, Dawn, lives as a man most of the time, but has a strong feminine side. Here, Jules describes how she met Dawn and how she feels about telling people that Dawn is trans. "I got to know Dawn…

'My weight loss tips'

Mum-of-two Sam Boyd decided to lose weight and get fit after her father-in-law died from cancer. After years of making half-hearted trips to the gym to try to lose some weight, Sam was shocked into action. Losing her father-in-law not long after a close friend…

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…