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'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 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…

'Our Couch to 5K journeys'

Couch to 5K has helped many people get off the couch and into running. Here, Christine and Stewart Logie share their stories. For Christine, a 37-year-old mum of two from Warwick, the biggest advantage of Couch to 5K is the mental release it gives her. "Running…

'Pregnant first time after IVF'

Ashley Stothard was devastated when doctors told her that she would need fertility treatment to conceive. Thankfully, her first cycle of IVF treatment on the NHS was successful. "My husband Jon and I started trying for a baby when I was just 25. I knew something was wrong when…

'Running gives me a sense of achievement'

Since completing Couch to 5K, Lorraine Beavis has joined the legions of runners who have signed up to parkrun's increasingly popular 5km runs. From being a sporadic exerciser, Lorraine from Leeds says taking up running has helped her lose weight, boosted her confidence, and given…

'Running helps manage my blood pressure'

Andrew Watson took up running after a routine medical check-up revealed he had high blood pressure. Overweight and with a family history of high blood pressure, Andrew, aged 49 when interviewed, knew he needed to be more active. With a mainly desk-bound job and a…

'Slimming clubs helped me lose weight'

When Cheryl Taylor was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she vowed that if she pulled through she'd lose her excess weight once and for all. The mother-of-four from Aldershot tells how weight-loss classes helped her drop nine dress sizes in two years and turn her life…