Here's my shocking story about Amanda in The Sun, who nearly died after a trip to the hairdressers. #hashimotos #hashimotosdisease #thesun #sellmystory A former paralegal was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure and then lost her sight for two weeks, caused by a trip to the hairdressers. Amanda Wilkinson was left fighting for her life a day after she had a wash and blow-dry, in which the hair conditioner caused a toxic reaction. The 56-year-old collapsed and started having a fit, before being rushed to hospital where doctors told Amanda she had Hashimoto’s disease – her body was attacking her thyroid gland – and that in severe cases like hers, it caused normal functions like breathin

'Please, Santa, I just want to SEE'

Despite a rocky start, Claire has refused to let being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis defeat her. Instead, it has taught her to appreciate the finer things in life and to make the most of every day. A true inspiration. We worked together to get her story published in the biggest selling women's weekly magazine, Take a Break. #multiplesclerosis #raisingawareness #takeabreak Claire says: Tears streamed down my cheeks as I got into bed and curled into a ball. My boyfriend and I had just split up. He wanted to settle down and have a family, but I’d just quit my job to start studying at university. I pulled the duvet over me and cried all night. After two hours sleep, I woke up with puffy eyes

The NIGHTMARE before Christmas

I worked with Kirsten Smith to share her story in Take a Break magazine about how her Christmas didn't exactly go to plan. While she was giving birth to her baby, her son was also in hospital, fighting for his life. Kirsten says: I placed a set of new pyjamas in a box, along with hot chocolate, popcorn and The Night Before Christmas book. It was part of my yearly tradition, I just hoped my poorly boy was up to it. I went to check on Riley, four, who was sprawled out on my bed. ‘Want to come and see what the elves have left?’ I asked. He groaned in response. Riley hadn’t been well all evening. He had a temperature and kept telling me the lights were giving him a headache. I had called 111, bu

GLAD I got cancer

I've loved working with the amazing Jo Bayles who has been working with me to reveal to the media why she's GLAD she got cancer, this time in That's Life magazine... #feelinggood#raisingawareness #breastcancer Jo says: Lying in bed, I felt a dull ache in my armpit. Something’s not right, I thought. I’d already been to my GP twice because my right breast felt uncomfortable to touch, but had been told it was nothing. That week, I returned to the doctors. ‘Please could I be referred?’ I said. ‘OK then,’ the GP replied. At hospital, I had mammograms and biopsies. Then three weeks later I got my results. Stage 3 breast cancer. It had spread to my lymph nodes. ‘I’m going to die,’ I said to my part

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