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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 off to his home in Australia to start our married life and build our future together. He suggested we buy a business, to establish a good foundation for ourselves and create an income. To do this we needed capital so I sold my properties in...

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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 off to separate bedrooms one week after he moved into my house. Not because we didn’t like each other – because we couldn’t share a bed and get enough sleep to function the...

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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, “yes,” but instead I always got, “Heather, beauty comes from the inside.” I gathered my earliest opinions of beauty as many young girls do; from Miss America pageants, beautiful women showcasing...

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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 overhanging tree branches that dropped seeds into their property. But over time I became more and more conscious of our noise levels and started to worry they were frowning and shaking their heads...

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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 I have any idea that this was the beginning of my journey to personal empowerment, self love and self acceptance. It certainly wasn’t an easy path however it was the turning point of my life leading to true health, wellbeing, happiness and personal growth...

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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 he had reported chest pains over a two year period and he was referred to a cardiologist, the cause of his pain was not fully investigated and he paid the ultimate price. I am a registered nurse with 20...

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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 to deal with the most horrible symptom – crippling exhaustion. I was so depleted of energy that raising my hand or keeping my eyes open for a few minutes was exhausting. I didn’t even have the energy to finish a...

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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 had a feeling in my bones that it wasn’t the job for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to be – but I did know that...

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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 couldn’t and soon learned I had bulimia. Sometimes I could stop binging for a few weeks or months, but the binges came back, often intensely. At my worst I would binge and purge 10 times a day. Laying on the couch on a...