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Standing up to my cancer challenge

  It was December 2014, and I had just received the news there was a 99% probability that I had lymphatic cancer. I was 28 and about to be married, suddenly my whole world was turned upside down! Prior to …

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Seeing clearly now the charm has gone

I fell in love with a man who lived in Australia, but was Persian like me. He quickly swept me off my feet, charmed my family and with my parents’ blessing we happily walked down the aisle. Then we set …

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Not falling apart…just sleeping apart

Decisions come and go in our lives. So it can be difficult to recognise that what seems to be an insignificant decision, is anything but. My insignificant decision came when my husband and I (boyfriend at the time) took ourselves …

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The burns that revealed my beauty

As a child I used to stand in front of the full-length antique mirror in my room and study myself.  After much evaluation I would ask, “Mom, am I pretty?”  Deep down I wanted her to answer with a simple, …

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The neighbourly lesson

We are not the best neighbours. With three screaming kids and a shouty mother (me), I always felt sorry for the retiree couple living next door. They were good though, never complaining about the noise, only ever commenting on the …

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Healing from the outside in

It sounds ridiculous but I am grateful that I developed adult acne. I see it as a gift.  I didn’t see it as a gift when those swollen, sore, red spots first appeared on my face from nowhere. Nor did …

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Changing the shocking truth of heart attacks

On 17 February 2008, my 56 year old husband, Paul, a father of five children, dropped dead after returning home from his regular Sunday bicycle ride. He had suffered a heart attack which caused an instant sudden cardiac arrest. Although …