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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 …

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What CFS taught me about myself

I was representing Australia in Taekwondo, studying a double degree at university and working to support myself, when I got sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It’s a poorly understood illness with no cure. Everyone experiences it differently, but everyone has …

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Learning to follow my heart

Less than two years ago, I was working for the Australian Government Department of Health. I had been working there for about eight years, and although I respected my colleagues and knew that we were working on valuable projects, I …

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Finding power over my dark secret

At the age of 14 I began binging and purging in what I thought was more of a diet than an addiction or bad habit. When I tried to stop a few years later, I was in trouble because I …

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Feeling in control again

As I look ahead, the future is bright, but it wasn’t always that way. 8 years ago I came out of a difficult marriage. I spent the next 4 years in a custody battle. Over this time, my son was …

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My lightbulb moment

I was at a funeral of a close friends’ dad when I had a proper lightbulb moment. Actually, I had a few but this was the first one. I didn’t know him well, but I went to support her, and …

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Embracing my strong independent life

I grew up in a tight knit loving Jewish family. My mother was my best friend. I ran every decision past her in our daily conversations. So when I told her I was pregnant, she and the family were over …