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

Ruth Taylor
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.

Survey shows £300 bill for back to school basics

Christine Kapak
School might be out for summer but there’s a lesson still to be learned about the importance of pre-term budgeting. It comes after a recent survey from Equifax (September, 2016) found the combined cost of parents getting their children ready for September is nearly £300*.
From new uniforms to stationery, sports gear to getting a new school bag, the research by credit information firm Equifax found parents rack up an average of £296.82, with technology, including tablets and mobile phones, making up a big proportion of the cost.

Stand up to feel good in the office

Gillian Cooper
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
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.