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'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.…

'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…