Archive | August, 2013

Ryan’s story

31 Aug


I have been contacted by a young man called Ryan and was very touched by his story and would like to share it with you all.

My name is Ryan and I’m 31 years old. I was supposed to be born on April 18 1982 but instead was born January 24 1982. I weighed 1 lb 15.5 ounces. My brain hemorrhaged at birth and I almost died. At 2 months old, I had a ventricular shunt placed in my brain to drain the CSF from my brain. I had surgery later to remove it from the right side …

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Making our own mark

30 Aug

Whilst waiting to go in and see my dentist yesterday, I was reading an article on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and was just thinking how wonderful life can be with the right support. It’s wonderful how they’re putting their own mark on their own lives and how they want to live their lives. For those of us who haven’t had these kind of opportunities …

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Our own plan

29 Aug

Something inspirational:

“Whether you end up in heaven or hell, it’s not God’s plan it’s your own.”


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Wanting to be me

28 Aug

With no emotional support from either parent, I’ve had to rely on myself, so it’s nothing new to me that I’m still doing it. When I’m around negativity it reinforces everything that was negative that I have managed to turn my back on.

I want just one day where I can just be me, where everything feels calm, where what I have to deal with doesn’t seem like a battle, but for that to happen everyone around me has to feel …

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Effects of Calcium Supplements

27 Aug

As part of my on-going work about the possible benefit of nutrients for my health, I have been researching recent articles about calcium supplements.

Some doctors are currently of the view that taking calcium supplements may lead to an increased risk of a heart attack. Other doctors take the view that calcium supplements have little or no effect on the heart. Concern about calcium supplements and heart attack risks …

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A quote by Socrates

26 Aug

Something inspirational:

“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of, for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”


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Yet more changes

25 Aug

As university is fast upon us, it’s hard to think that in just two weeks our life will change again. For me it’s not just about university, it’s the whole package that comes with leaving home and coming home more independent with a completely different mind-set than when they left. Leaving home changes a person, invariably the person that leaves home …

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Handling bad news

24 Aug

I’ve never been great at responding to bad news. As a child I would talk myself into things as a result of any bad news, it didn’t matter what the bad news was.

As the adult I try to cope with bad news positively. Attitude and focus helps pave the way for positive behaviour in what could seem like a doom and gloom scenario. Being positive is an important response for bad news, but it’s not something that happens spontaneously …

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Smoked trout salad

23 Aug

Smoked trout salad

This easy to make recipe is taken from the BBC Good food recipes

Smoked trout and Jersey Royal


500g Jersey Royal potatoes

125g hot-smoked Trout …

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Time for change

22 Aug

I wish I had got to this stage in my life with more control over the decisions I wanted to make but had no choice. It’s only when someone close begins to move on that we bring into question what we’ve done in our life up to that point. In just under three weeks life will change again, as university approaches second time around. As a family we missed out on those early years doing things together the way we wanted to do them …

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