A breast cancer patient’s journey – Blog Post 9 – The Operation

Ruth Taylor
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Ruth Taylor, 45, is a mum of two who was diagnosed with breast cancer back in May 2016. We are honoured to share her journey from initial diagnosis, informing her family, through to chemo and radiotherapy. She hopes to raise awareness and educate others about breast cancer, while firmly kicking cancer back where it belongs. This is the ninth instalment in her guest blog.
After my high from completing the Dirty 30 challenge, the next week went fairly quickly and I was surprised that I was feeling more excited than nervous on the Sunday afternoon, when it was time to go into the hospital.

Stand up to feel good in the office

Gillian Cooper
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Standing up generally gets a bad press. How many times have we heard our mums or mates complain 'Oh I've been on my feet all day,' and shot a sympathetic smile their way and a few consolatory words.
In fact, recent studies show their efforts could be bringing benefits to their health and general well-being.

What’s the deal with belly fat? Men's Health Week 12-18 June 2017

Gillian Cooper
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It's often jokingly referred to as the 'spare tyre' but, unlike the vehicular kind, this one is much more likely to cause us trouble rather than get us out of it.
We're talking, of course, about belly fat which, between 12th and 18th June this year, forms the focus of Men's Health Week - the annual nationwide initiative aimed at promoting longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Is your pay protected?

Gillian Cooper
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What would you do if you couldn’t work? A new survey, by Legal & General has revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of British employees know that Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is currently set at less than £100 per week. In fact it is currently just £88.45 a week for up to 28 weeks.
The latest official figure puts the average UK weekly wage at £496, from which the take home wage is £400 a week. With SSP coming in at just £88.45 a week, it’s easy to see that the sums just don’t add up. If you can’t work, SSP doesn’t go very far in plugging the hole in your finances.