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    A WOMAN has tragically died after tests failed to catch her killer cancer in time. Karen Spencer, was just 52 when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and given just weeks to live. 3Karen Spencer, 52, from, Cheshire, who died from lung cancerCredit: MEN Media 3Karen Spencer (right), 52, pictured with her daughter Rachael Wilson and granddaughter IslaCredit: MEN Media 3Karen with her granddaughter Isla and grandson LucasCredit: MEN Media "Everything has happened so quickly," her daughter Rachael Wilson, told Cheshire Live. "We were still trying to get our heads around the fact mum had cancer and before we knew it, she was on end of life care." Karen, from Cheshire, had multiple visits to the doctors while complaining of a cough and back pain. But chest X-ray scans came back normal and she was given an inhaler and nasal spray to treat her symptoms. In October, she became more unwell and started to lose her appetite, her daughter said. Initially, the teaching assistant thought she had caught a bad virus. But in...
    WHEN little Lily Harley started to walk strangely with a tilted head, her parents just thought she had slept badly. But the issue continued, with her parents, Josh and Emily taking her to the hospital. 3Lily Hartley first started to experience symptoms in December 2021Credit: MEN Media 3Sadly, she has now been given just months to live and her parents Josh and Emily want to make that time as special as possibleCredit: MEN Media There, they were initially reassured that it was nothing to worry about and that it was likely she had sprained her neck. Now her parents have been told she has just months to live after medics revealed the youngster was suffering with cancer. Her symptoms had first started in December 2021, and just months later her parents' were told that the three-year-old had a brain tumour. Following the diagnosis, Lily was sent straight to Sheffield Children's hospital, where she had a ten hour operation to remove the tumour. The family were told they would need to go abroad for treatment and early last year, they spent...
    WHEN Gwen Booth started to struggle with heartburn, medics prescribed her with tablets to treat the issue. The condition is also known as indigestion and can cause a burning feeling in the chest. 1Kelly Williams is pictured above (left) with her mum Gwen Booth In most cases it's nothing serious and can be treated at home, the NHS states. However, for one mum, the symptoms were down to pancreatic cancer, which affects over 10,000 people a year, Cancer Research UK states. Gwen's daughter, Kelly Williams said her mum had also been feeling sick and had been to their local GP in Sarn, Gwynedd, Wales to seek help. Her mum's health got worse, and the 66-year-old also started to suffer with extreme tiredness. It wasn't until April 2015, months after she first started to experience symptoms that Gwen received a scan. By that time, Kelly said 'everything was going through her and she was vomiting'. "She was so poorly one night that we just begged her, 'please will you just go to A&E'. She was told by a junior doctor in...
    A DELIGHTED bargain hunter who bought 40 bath bombs for just 20p in Asda's January sales has insisted that she thought of other shoppers, too. An anonymous woman, who is a member of the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, posted an image of the colourful bath bombs which come in different shapes and sizes - including a rainbow and moon. 1An anonymous woman has told how she bought 40 bath bombs in Asda’s January sales for just 20p eachCredit: Facebook - Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Alongside the image, she penned: "20p bath bombs - Asda!" Before any cruel trolls had the opportunity to call her "selfish" for making the assumption that she swiped the whole shelf clean, the shopper quipped: "I did leave some, for the moaners! "But these will be shared between my three daughters and my two nieces." The post has since garnered almost 800 likes and been flooded with comments. While some praised the thrilled shopper for her hugely discounted finds, others admitted they would've taken them all if they'd spotted such a...
    A MUM thought her daughter's bruised body was from falling over - but it led to an unexpected and devastating diagnosis. The parents and nursery workers of Amelia McKie, three, were concerned when she started feeling more tired than usual. 3Amelia McKie, three, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic LeukaemiaCredit: BPM 3Mum Sam noticed her toddler's body was covered in bruisesCredit: BPM 3The young girl is now undergoing chemo treatmentCredit: BPM Mum Sam Hunter, 24, from Hartlepool, thought her daughter had contracted a cold but soon began worrying it was leukaemia. Complaining of pains in her legs and having bruises on her spine, the toddler was taken to A&E. Sam told Gazette Live: "I just thought maybe she's got a bit of a flue or a bit of a cold, and with the bruising you think maybe she fell over. "Then there was things like temperatures during the night and she would wake up screaming and she was like 39.5 degrees and we thought what on earth." Amelia's parents tried putting her in a cool bath to bring the temperature down...
    A WOMAN was quickly corrected when she raved about spotting a £5 Dyson hoover – only to be told that it was a toy. The bargain hunter took to Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group to tell the other members that she’d seen what she thought was a great buy from Selfridges. 2A woman shared a bargain - but others thought she'd made a mistakeCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group. Attaching a photo of the Dyson device, which was originally priced at £22 before being reduced, the sales shopper wrote: “Just spotted this bargain.” However, eagle-eyed Facebook users were quick to point out that she’d made a glaring error. That’s because in the description for the hoover, it clearly states: “Dyson Cordless Vacuum Toy.” After assuming that she’d mistakenly thought it was a full-size, working hoover, many took to the comment section to correct her. One person wrote: “It’s only a toy, read it properly.” A second said: “OMG this is a kids toy hoover! “Good luck to everyone who thought it was an actual hoover and...
    STROLLING through Rome with his wife, Andrew Bate was enjoying a long weekend in the Italian capital. But during their visit to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City, the then 51-year-old started to feel unwell. 4Andrew Bates had been on holiday with his wife in Rome when he started to feel unwellCredit: Supplied - Andrew Bate 4He had been in extreme pain so doctors referred him to the pain clinic - but it was later found he was living with cancerCredit: Supplied - Andrew Bate 4This festive season, Andrew wants everyone to take any unusual symptoms seriously. He his pictured above with his whole familyCredit: Supplied - Andrew Bate Initially, he thought he had strained his neck staring up at the art work, but when he returned to the UK, medics told him he had been living with a cancerous tumour. After beating the cancer with treatment, months later, Andrew was told he had just seven years to live. Speaking to The Sun, Andrew said he first brushed the pain off. “But it got worse, I was struggling with...
    A NEWLYWED who thought she was tired after a romantic weekend had to be airlifted to hospital while on the brink of death. Anna Tower-Kovesdi, 35, was enjoying a weekend in Chicago, US with her new husband Joe, last December when she first felt unusually exhausted. 3Anna was diagnosed with blood cancer just five months after marrying JoeCredit: Jam Press/Anna Tower-Kovesdi 3The 35 year old is calling for people to get seen by their doctor if they feel like something is "off."Credit: Jam Press/Anna Tower-Kovesdi 3Anna and Joe spent Christmas in the hospital while Anna underwent cancer treatmentCredit: Jam Press/Anna Tower-Kovesdi But once they were home in Durango, Colorado, her symptoms quickly worsened. "I had night sweats, fatigue, breathlessness, bruises, and a fever," Anna explained, She was so concerned that on December 19, 2021 she went to the emergency room. Tests soon revealed Anna, who had recently moved from Hungary, had a blood cancer known as rapidly-developing acute leukaemia. More than 40,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with blood cancer every year. It's the third biggest...
    WHEN Taylor Decker started with acute stomach pain in September 2020, he put it down to simply scoffing too much pizza. The offensive tackle, 29, has since revealed that played the first full month of the NFL season with appendicitis. 2Taylor Decker has spent his entire career with the Detroit LionsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2The O-line star has revealed he played for a full MONTH with appendicitisCredit: Getty Images - Getty Decker was taken by the Lions in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Standing at 6ft7 and tipping the scales at 320lbs, he was a college star for Ohio State. Decker proved two years ago that he is made of different stuff to us ordinary mortals - by playing competitive gridiron despite intense pain in his stomach. He had just signed a bumper five-year, $70.35 million contract extension in Detroit. READ MORE ON NFL'LUCKY MAN' NFL fans all say same thing as Kay Adams 'shoots her shot' at fellow reporterPAM SHAM Bill Belichick 'only invited player to Pro Bowl so he'd bring Pamela...
    A MUM who thought facial swelling was caused by botox was shocked to discover she had a a brain tumour, and didn’t know if she would survive Christmas Jill Kenton, 52, noticed puffiness and dryness in her left eye but had put the symptoms down to a botox treatment she had a few months prior. 3Jill had a low-grade brain tumour that had been festering behind her eye for 10 yearsCredit: SWNS 3Jill now gets regular scans and vision checks to see if the tumour is growingCredit: SWNS "As it turned out, I couldn't have been more wrong,” the voice over actor, from Westoning, Bedfordshire, said. It was only after Jill began to hear clicking sounds through her headphones as she recorded scripts that decided to get herself checked out.  Following some tests, Jill, who had just moved to London, was diagnosed with a low-grade brain tumour that had been festering away behind her eye for 10 years.  The tumour, called a left sphenoid wing intraosseous meningioma, was malignant meaning it is non-cancerous. However, if left untreated, it can grow...
    THE PARENTS of a one-year-old girl have been left 'shaken to their core' after she was diagnosed with a killer disease. On her first birthday, Hallie Evans went to have a scan so that medics could look at what her mum and dad thought was a birthmark on her back. 3Little Hallie Evans went to have a scan on her first birthday for doctors to look at the mark on her backCredit: WNS 3It was then her family were told that she would need treatment for a rare cancer, neuroblastomaCredit: WNS But after attending the MRI scan in August, the youngster was diagnosed with cancer in her lower spine and pelvis. Hallie is now undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and Wrexham Maelor Hospital. A neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children, the NHS states. It usually develops from specialised nerve cells known as neuroblasts, which have been left over from their development in the womb. It can occur in the adrenal glands above the kidneys, or in...
    A fit and healthy mum has warned of the symptoms she ignored for far too long before being diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 27.  Christina McKnight, a content creator from Oklahoma City in the US, experienced a number of 'warning signs' but assumed she was stressed or run down.  It wasn't until her husband, Mathew, noticed her struggling that he 'forced' her to see a doctor.  She suffered from fatigue, exhaustion, extreme brain fog, confusion, slow weight gain, irritability and brittle hair along with a lack of motivation to exercise.  Now 35 and a mum-of-one, Christina has shared her experience on Instagram in hope to raise awareness about the deadly disease. Scroll down for video Christina McKnight, from Oklahoma City, US, (pictured) was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 27 in 2014 'It was one of those things that I never thought would happen to me. I was young, fit and healthy and had no known hereditary thyroid disease in the family at all,' Christina told the Independent. Her symptoms are also common in perimenopause, and so the initial signs of something more sinister...
    A TATTOO artist has revealed her regrets about giving one couple matching tattoos after discovering the truth about their relationship. At first, Jenna Boyter thought the engaged couple was so cute and happily agreed to fulfil their request. 2Tattoo artist Jenna Boyter thought the couple were 'so cute' 2The woman drew his and hers tattoos on the couple Taking to her TikTok account, Jenna explained she thought the couple well-suited when they first came in. She said: "This lovely couple came in, and they seemed really excited and they said they wanted to get portraits tattooed of each other, and I said I don't do portraits. "They said 'oh no, we have drawn them ourselves, on a napkin, little stick figure portraits, and we would like each other's faces on our wrist.' And I thought well this is the cutest thing I've ever seen and I do the tattoos," added the artist. Jenna showed a photo of her ink work, which was two little stick figure faces on the wrists of the couples. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS...
    HAVE you ever heard people talk about trimming their Christmas tree? Well it turns out loads of people didn't know what it actually means and the answer is blowing people's minds. 1It turns out the phrase it less literal than people thoughtCredit: Getty This comes after one woman confessed to getting the meaning behind the phrase totally wrong. Molly Tolsky wrote on Twitter: "PSA to my Jews who didn't grow up celebrating Christmas: 'Trimming the tree' does not mean giving the Christmas tree a little haircut please learn from my mistake." But it turns out Molly wasn't the only person who had no idea what the phrase really means. If you think 'trimming the tree' means literally chopping the branches, you're not alone. The phrase actually refers to decorating the tree, not cutting it. To 'trim' your Christmas tree is to add all the trimmings, like baubles, ribbon and lights. People were totally baffled by the true meaning of the phrase and couldn't believe they'd got it wrong for so long. One person wrote: "Wait I grew up in an...
    A DAD has tragically died just weeks after discovering his body was riddled with cancer. Jamie Thompson, 37, went to A&E in early November after experiencing some pain in his stomach.  2Jamie Thompson, 37, tragically passed away in NovemberCredit: Evening Gazette 2Jamie (pictured) with best pal Amy Milburn (pictured)Credit: Evening Gazette Following some tests, Jamie, who was born in Stockton but lived in Middlesbrough, was diagnosed with stomach, lung and chest cancer on November 3. Jamie’s best friend Amy Milburn, who was with him for his diagnosis said his "whole entire world came crashing down around him" at that moment, adding that his "heart literally broke."  Amy, who previously lived next door to the dad, said: "Jamie was lovely, a really lovely guy - he always put everyone before himself. "He could've been feeling the worst he's ever felt but if you messaged him and said you were in a bad place then he would always be there for you." ...
    THERE'S few things more annoying than an itch that just won't go away. But for Sue Jackman, an irritating itch saved her life. 3Sue Jackman felt an itch on the side of her breast but initially put it down to the bra she was wearingCredit: Sue Jackman 3Since her diagnosis, she has worked with her daughter Sam (pictured together above) to design breast forms for other women who have had mastectomiesCredit: Sue Jackman The 64-year-old told Sun Health, how her 'fairly ordinary' daily life as a mum and cleaner, was turned on its head when that itch turned out to be breast cancer. About one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and there's a good chance of recovery if it's detected at an early stage, according to the NHS. Sue said that when she was younger, she had checked her breasts on a regular basis. But when she reached her 40s, she remembers thinking well ‘why bother’. It was in 2005, when she was 47 years old that she first noticed the itching sensation on...
    WHEN little Chandler Tran started limping, his parents were concerned he'd banged his leg on something. While the eight-year-old assured them nothing had happened, mum and dad Cong and Trang Tran noticed a pea-sized lump on his left leg. 3Little Chandler Tran has started limping around the family home, and after looking at their child's leg, his parents found a lumpCredit: gofundme 3Now, the eight-year-old has been given months to live after being diagnosed with a type of bone cancerCredit: gofundme But just weeks later, scans revealed the lump was osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that mostly affects young children and people under the age of 20, the NHS states. After examining the lump, at home, Cong and Trang, from Sydney, Australia, said it was small but 'quite firm'. The next day it was causing their little boy a lot of pain, so they decided to take him to the hospital. Medics took an X-ray, which initially came back with nothing, so they gave the little boy some paracetamol and sent him home. Read more on childhood cancer CRUEL...
    CHRISTMAS markets are a great day out and are usually filled with food and booze. So when Ryan Lloyd visited his local one in Birmingham, he got stuck in and had three pints of beer. 4Ryan Lloyd previously visited his local Christmas market in Birmingham, where he had a few drinksCredit: Jam Press/Ryan Lloyd 4He had around three pints but felt unwell that night and over the next two months his health deteriorated. He is pictured above with his family on holidayCredit: Jam Press/Ryan Lloyd 4Ryan was diagnosed with blood cancer and had to undergo chemotherapyCredit: Jam Press/Ryan Lloyd This was a normal amount for the then 22-year-old, but that night, he became violently unwell. At first, he thought nothing of it, believing he may have picked up a bug from the glass and that he was no longer able to handle his booze. But just months later, he was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin lymphoma – a type of blood cancer. It's an illness that can develop at any age, but mostly affects people between the ages of 20...
    WE’VE all had that lightbulb moment when we decide to go on a health kick. For Hannah Gardener, that came when she was just 26 years old. 3Hannah Gardner went on a health kick over ten years ago, but felt as though she had pulled a muscleCredit: Hannah Gardner 3But the feeling of a pulled muscle was actually breast cancer, and now she's worried her little girl Lilah-Rae will grow up without a mumCredit: Hannah Gardner She had been setting up her new gym equipment when she felt a pull - but with no family history of illness - she assumed it was just a strained muscle. In that moment, the clinical trial manager from Twickenham had no idea that it would turn into a life changing diagnosis - breast cancer. Since the mum-of-one's initial diagnosis of grade 3 breast cancer in 2013, the illness has returned three times. Now, Hannah, 36, says she doesn’t want her little girl Lilah-Rae to grow up without a mum and says she wants all women to get into the habit of checking their...
    FACEBOOK memories can bring up a whole host of emotions. But one mum has revealed how the nifty feature on the social networking platform helped diagnose a deadly illness. 3When Jennifer Pineirovigo first noticed the mark on her face she booked an appointment to get it checked out, but she soon cancelled it when it started to fadeCredit: Mercury 3Six months later a Facebook memory popped up on her timeline and it dawned on her that the mark could actually be a cause for concernCredit: Mercury Jennifer Pineirovigo first noticed a small spot under her eye on the right side of her face but ignored it as a bit of a blemish. But after a Facebook memory popped up from 2020, which showed her face with the same spot, the prison teacher, from Sopchoppy, Florida, USA, decided to book in for a dermatology appointment. Then, two years later in March 2022, Jennifer was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma. This is a type of skin cancer that most often develops on areas of skin exposed to the sun, such as the...
    A young college student who gave birth just fifteen minutes after shockingly discovering she was pregnant has revealed she initially went to the doctor because she thought she had 'appendicitis' and ended up in labor.  Kayla Simpson, 21, a student at Indiana University, was shocked to see a baby when her doctors performed an ultrasound after she thought she was suffering from appendicitis because she was having severe cramps and bleeding.  The college student was suffering from what she thought were severe period cramps but showed no signs of pregnancy - and while she thought she'd be leaving the hospital without a appendix, she left with a newborn instead.  Her daughter Madi, one, was born just 15 minutes after the ultrasound was performed, leaving everyone shocked.  Kayla Simpson, 21, an Indiana University student had no idea she was pregnant until she went to the hospital for 'appendicitis' and ended up in labor The college student was shocked to see a baby when her doctors performed an ultrasound after she thought she was having severe period cramps Her daughter Madi, one,...
    A SINGLE mother is raising money for alternative cancer treatment in a bid to add just weeks to her life and spend time with her young daughter. Bank manager, Rebecca Atton, 41, from Southend, Essex was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December last year. 3Rebecca wants to try a new cancer drug, not yet available on the NHSCredit: GoFundMe 3Rebecca has six rounds of gruelling chemotherapy - all of which have failed to beat the cancer.Credit: Instagram 3She is still hoping to prolong her life so she can spend more time with her daughter, Ava.Credit: GoFundMe Since then, she has six rounds of gruelling chemotherapy - all of which have failed to beat the cancer. However, she is still hoping to prolong her life so she can spend more time with her daughter, Ava. She told the Mail she was "devastated" at the thought of leaving the 10-year-old behind. In last bid to add a few months onto her life, Rebecca wants to try a new cancer drug, not yet available on the NHS named Avastin . Read...
    The blonde woman in the polka-dot dress was clutching a huge teddy bear as she stood with a small group awaiting the arrival of an early morning flight from Moscow two weeks ago. ‘We’re waiting for the kiddies,’ she said. ‘We’re so excited in anticipation. We have tears.’ Then the cluster of children were led into the arrivals hall. First came an infant in a bright pink anorak, carried by a woman clutching the tiny hand of another small girl also dressed in pink. They were followed by 22 more exhausted-looking boys and girls bearing name tags on their coats, bobble hats on their heads and baffled looks on their faces. Despite the toys, the hugs, the shrieks of excitement from the waiting adults, these children were not being greeted by the familiar faces of loving family members. Instead, they were victims of a horrific human trafficking operation run by the Kremlin, cruelly snatched from the security of their homes in Ukraine and flown thousands of miles to Siberia. There, they were being handed over to Russian families like human...
    EMILY Hale’s family thought she was just a normal teenager who was “maybe overdoing it with the partying.” What they didn’t know was that in fact she was on a slippery slope to eating disorder anorexia.  3Emily Hale with her parents, who thought she was a normal teenager burning the candle at both endsCredit: Emily Hale/ Prime Features Agency 3Emily Hale was 18, when she was first diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexiaCredit: Emily Hale/ Prime Features Agency “I’d stopped drinking any alcohol,” says Emily. “I wasn’t spending enough time at home for them to be able to see what was happening.” Her mental and physical health hit rock bottom and she was eventually sectioned to a specialist hospital for her own protection. Yet today, successful treatment has allowed Emily to regain control of her health.  She has even taken a job with the same hospital chain where she was most recently treated, using her experience to help others. Read more on eating disordersDAVID'S PAIN My daughter's anorexia battle was blighted by social media, says David BaddielBE ALERT Model Tess...
    IT'S ALWAYS a bit of a risk ordering furniture and home accessories online since there's no way of know what they'll look like in your own space. But you can usually get a rough idea from pictures online - or so one woman thought. 2Danielle thought she bagged a bargain with the sweet rugCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group 2What arrived was a massive let downCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group Sharing the epic fail on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK, Danielle Cassidy was left in stitches when she realised the mistake she made. The shopper thought she bought a large pink Princess rug with a fun hopscotch pattern on it for her daughter. After spotting the rug on Shein she recommended other users in the group make the most of the bargain price. But what actually arrived was so different. Read more on shoppingDREAM TEAM I'm a fashion fan & tried on the same coats as my mum from Primark She wrote: "I put a post on for a rug from Shein last week....
    A YOUNG family was left devastated when they learned that their 11-day-old son's cold-like illness almost killed him. Chloe Hodgkinson, 22, from Haydock, Merseyside, was visiting her GP for an appointment for an unrelated illness and decided to bring her 11-day-old baby Joshua along. 3Chloe is determined to warn other parents so that they can spot the signs of sepsisCredit: Jam Press/Chloe Hodgkinson 3The newborn had been suffering with cold and flu symptoms a few days beforehandCredit: Jam Press/Chloe Hodgkinson 3After a week of antibiotics and round-the-clock care, Joshua's condition began to improveCredit: Jam Press/Chloe Hodgkinson On leaving the GP surgery, dad Teejay peered over to look at their newborn – only to notice their baby boy had begun to turn blue. "This was when our whole world began to fall apart,” the mum explained. After receiving immediate CPR from the GP, the family noticed a visual rash on Joshua's body. The baby would later rushed to rushed to Whiston Hospital where he was eventually diagnosed with sepsis. Read more on sepsisHORROR ORDEAL I was 'bitten by an insect' 5...
    A SAVVY shopper has revealed what the green symbols on packing really stand for - and it's not what you thought. Product packaging always comes with what feels like dozens of symbols and dots, most of which we believe we know the meaning of. 5The whizz took it to TikTok to reveal the true meaning behind the green arrowsCredit: tiktok/@positivelygreenliving 5According to Positively Green, only nine percent of plastics have been recycled since its existenceCredit: tiktok/@positivelygreenliving Amongst the most popular and widely recognised are the green arrows going in a circle - the ones that tell you the packaging, whether it's made from plastic or cardboard, can be recycled and used again. Right? No. According to one green lifestyle enthusiast, Positively Green (@positivelygreenliving), these dots mean something else - and you might be surprised. The whizz took it to TikTok to explain the true meaning behind this symbol in a video, enlightening fellow shoppers. read more shopping storiesWHAT THE CLUCK? People are only just realising what the ‘E’ symbol on their meat means ''The Green Dot means the producer of...
    A DAD-of-two thought he was just clumsy when he started falling over, but he actually had a devastating rare condition. Georgie Davey, 32, had been unknowingly losing control of his hands and legs since he was a child. 4Dad-of-two Georgie Davey has a rare condition that is seeing him slowly lose control of his hands and legsCredit: BPM 4But when the 32-year-old was a child he was just called "clumsy"Credit: BPM And it turned out he had a rare degenerative condition which deteriorates muscles, causing his hands and feet to curl as they slowly stop to function. The hardest thing for the London dad-of-two is losing his independence as he was born able-bodied before being diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). Georgie said: "It was something that as a child started to develop. "As a kid I was 'clumsy' - that was the word being used - I would often fall over.  Read more on rare diseasesHANDY I lost use of my hands to a rare disease but now I've had them replaced in world 1stHOLIDAY...
    WWE chief Vince McMahon initially refused to meet The Undertaker because he thought the future legend was "just a tall basketball player". Taker - real name Mark Calaway - would go on to become McMahon's favourite wrestler. 3 WWE boss Vince McMahon initially refused to meet The Undertaker in 1990 3 McMahon believed Taker was 'just a tall basketball player' But months before his 1990 debut, while the 6ft 10in Phenom wrestled for WCW, he failed to impress McMahon. WWE  executive director Bruce Prichard revealed after Taker wrestled Lex Luger at the Great American Bash, McMahon cancelled a meeting with the Deadman. Prichard said on his Something to Wrestle podcast: 'Taker had a dislocated hip, but he worked the match anyway because the next day he was supposed to meet with Vince. "That didn't happen and it didn't happen because Vince looked at The Undertaker and thought, 'Ah, he's just another tall basketball player with red hair, I don't see anything special in him'." Undertaker - who retired in June - went on to win seven WWE and world heavyweight championships...
    PICKING the perfect name for your new-born isn't as easy as you might think. There's so much to consider, from what their nickname might be, to how many other people will have the same name. 2The midwife hated the popular nameCredit: Getty But one midwife confessed that there's one name she can't stand, but that didn't stop countless parents from choosing it. She responded to the prompt: "What baby name screams 'my parents think they're classy but really have no taste?" She revealed what it was on Quora: "Nevaeh - heaven backwards." Having worked in a delivery suite of a hospital for five years, the midwife undoubtedly came across her fair share of bad names, but Nevaeh was the worst. Read more on baby namesNAME SHAME I can't get over the very unusual name my friend gave her baby "This was probably one of the most popular names," she explained. "Every single person who said that’s what the baby was going to be named genuinely believed they were picking something unique and special. "None of us ever had...
    A fairgoer in Michigan has tested positive for swine flu after coming into contact with a sick pig, health officials in the state have revealed. The unidentified individual came down with the illness after visiting the Berrien County Youth Fair, which showcases stalls from children aged five to 20 years old. Their symptoms were not revealed, but scientists say the H1N2 strain they had is more dangerous in young children and older adults. It can be passed from ill pigs to humans, but only in rare cases spreads between humans. The diagnosis marks the sixth human case of swine flu in the U.S. this year, after one was spotted in an under-18 in Oregon, one in Ohio and three in West Virginia. The strain is different from the H1N1 swine flu that triggered the 2009 outbreak which led to 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths in America alone. A fairgoer in Michigan has tested positive for swine flu after coming into contact with an ill pig. They are the sixth case confirmed so far this year. (Stock image)  Michigan Department of...
    A STUDENT is warning others not to ignore unusual bowel movements, after she mistook symptoms of a killer disease for a hangover.  Lucy Aitkins, from Surrey, was enjoying her university experience as the world finally emerged from lockdown, when her health started to rapidly deteriorate.  3Lucy spent five nights in hospital after her diagnosis.Credit: PA Real Life 3Lucy continued to enjoy her university year as her symptoms grew worse.Credit: PA Real Life 3Lucy lost 10kg while suffering from the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.Credit: PA Real Life As she prepared to begin her second year at the University of Birmingham in September 2021, Lucy realised she was losing weight.  The previously healthy 22-year-old had shed 10kgs in six months over the lockdown - without trying.  In October, the English and drama student started vomiting and experiencing diarrhoea regularly, which she put down to "drinking too much alcohol on nights out with her friends". Not wanting to worry her housemates, Lucy suffered in silence while the pain in her stomach was “secretly becoming unbearable”.  read more on crohn's diseaseCHRONIC CONDITION What is...
    WHEN Michelle Francis began suffering with extreme tiredness and low mood, she went to her GP. But she was reassured when she was prescribed antibiotics for a supposed sinus infection. 4Michelle Francis thought she had a sinus infection and was put on antibioticsCredit: Prime Features Agency 4Michelle actually had a 7cm brain tumour between her brain and her skullCredit: Prime Features Agency It was only when her symptoms were still there a year later, and her personality changed drastically, that the truth was discovered. The 47-year-old, from Dartford, Kent, was eventually diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of an orange, squeezed between her skull and her brain. Michelle started feeling unwell in June 2020 with overwhelming tiredness and dizziness. She went to her family doctor, only to be prescribed antibiotics for a supposed sinus infection. Read more on brain tumoursGET CHECKED Why are under-40s like Tom Parker getting brain tumours?BRAIN CANCER SPIKE Brain tumours on rise in England with 50% surge in cases since 2001 But after finishing the medication, her symptoms persisted. A few months on,...
    WHEN Yvonne Wiggins started to struggle with her breathing, she thought it was just down to her asthma. The 56-year-old developed the condition later on in life so it was something that was always at the forefront of her mind. 2Yvonne Wiggins developed asthma later in life and the condition was something always at the back of her mindCredit: Yvonne Wiggins 2As well as living with asthma and Crohn's, Yvonne also helps her son Asha, who has cerebral palsy (pictured together above)Credit: Yvonne Wiggins She decided to make an appointment with her GP who initially told her to take more pumps of her asthma inhaler, take some paracetamol and drink plenty of water. But the mum’s condition continued to deteriorate and after five appointments, Yvonne, who lives in Hastings, was rushed to hospital with deadly sepsis. Speaking to The Sun, Yvonne is now sharing her ordeal as part of Sepsis Awareness Month and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms you should never ignore. These include confusion, cold and blotchy arms and legs, high or low temperature and not...
    WHEN Marion Povey started to experience fatigue and night sweats, she thought it was the early signs of the menopause. At the time the mum-of-three was 52-years-old and said the heat her body was radiating had been keeping her awake.  3Marion Povey, 77, first became unwell when she was 52-years-old and put her symptoms down to the menopauseCredit: Marion Povey 3Marion is pictured above (right) with her husband Jim and her daughter and grandsonCredit: Marion Povey In the following months she attended her local GP,  and medics were unsure what to do. But it was at the haematology clinic in her hometown of Bristol that Marion was given the shocking diagnosis of myeloma.  Each year in the UK more than 5,700 people are diagnosed with myeloma - a type of blood cancer that develops from cells in the bone marrow called plasma cells, according to Cancer Research UK - and at any one time there are around 24,000 people living with the illness in the UK. It is treatable, but is currently an incurable cancer. Read more on blood cancer...
    A STUDENT who thought she just suffered really bad hangovers was shocked to find out the terrifying truth. Molly Hunt said she then developed stomach pain each time she drank last October, and was also extremely tired all the time. 6Molly Hunt, a university student, thought she was experiencing extreme hangoversCredit: Kennedy News 6However, suffering other symptoms, Molly went to the doctors who eventually found the true causeCredit: Kennedy News She’d wake up at 1pm and miss university lectures - but assumed her body was adjusting to second-year university life. The 21-year-old, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, said: "I was extremely tired. "Sometimes I thought it was a hangover and sometimes I put it down to the workload at uni. I thought I was overdoing myself. "I found myself going to less and less lectures because I was just so tired. Read more real life stories'NO CURE' My allergy to gravity makes me faint 10 times a day - I spend 23 hours in bed'SO MUCH PAIN' Brave toddler left paralysed after docs misdiagnosed his cancer for MONTHS "Even if I went...
    A YOUNG man who thought his cough was just Covid was shocked to find out the truth. Alistair Gibson now says Covid “saved his life” despite initially masking the fact he had a life-threatening disease. 1Alistair Gibson says Covid "saved his life" after it spotted rare diseaseCredit: Northpix The 23-year-old was suffering with a persistent cough in March 2021, but couldn’t get a face-to-face GP appointment. In the August, he tested positive for Covid and, coughing up blood, contacted his doctor. It was thought he had long Covid or pneumonia, and was referred to hospital for checks. Alistair, from Inverness, who plays American football, was then told that in fact had a cancer called Hodgkin lymphoma - and it was at advanced stage four. Read more real life stories JAB WARNING I'm living proof of why YOU should get your child jabbed against polioHELP CAITLIN Our daughter could be blind & have dementia by 15 - but Sun readers can help The rare form of cancer, diagnosed in around 2,100 Brits each year, develops in the lympathic system around...
    GETTING a haircut is usually a pretty straightforward experience - especially for men. But when Elliot Simpson was in the salon, his stylist noticed something strange. 3Elliot Simpson had been getting his hair cut when his stylist noticed something strange. He is pictured above with his girlfriend CourtneyCredit: Elliot Simpson 3The barber showed him the mark on the back of his head and Elliot knew he had to get it checked outCredit: Elliot Simpson His barber showed him the back of his head after a trim in July 2020 and pointed out a mole - which at first, the 26-year-old admits, he didn’t think anything of. Fast forward two years and Elliot, from Blackburn, Lancashire, is now fighting stage four melanoma skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is the fifth most common type of the illness in the UK. On top of that, the Blackburn Rovers fan also suffers with Crohn's disease. Read more on skin cancer HIDDEN KILLER I've got an incurable skin cancer diagnosis - I'm shocked, I have NO molesGRIM WARNING I'm...
    A MUM is sharing photos of her baby girl who was given a devastating diagnosis after her parents just thought she was tired. Pippa Branch, from Essex, noticed that whenever one-year-old Amber was tired, she would “squint” her left eye. 5Pippa Branch's little girl, Amber, had a glow in her eye that was evident when taking photos. Her left eye also squinted when she was tiredCredit: Jam Press 5Amber, pictured at the age of one, was given a devastating diagnosis once doctors investigated the glow in her eyeCredit: Jam Press She decided to take her to the doctors for some advice, but they reassured her many kids have squints.  Months later, Pippa and her husband Glenn spotted a “glow” within Amber’s left eye, which was particularly prominent during bath time and in photos. Pippa said: “Originally, we went to Orsett Hospital and they had a look at her eye. “It wasn’t until covering her good eye that they noticed she wasn’t able to see out of her left eye. Read more real life storiesMUM’S HORROR My son went to a...
    Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The most ambitious attempt yet to pass climate legislation in the US may have surprisingly won the crucial backing of a senator who owns a coal company. Now it faces a further, deeply ironic, obstacle—a lawmaker who was once a member of the Green party. Last week, Joe Manchin, the centrist West Virginia senator who has been lavished by donations from the fossil fuel industry and made millions of dollars from his ownership of a coal-trading firm, stunned Washington by announcing his support for $369 billion in spending to boost renewable energy and slash planet-heating emissions. Manchin’s backing of the bill, known as the “Inflation Reduction Act,” is critical given Democrats’ slender control of an evenly divided senate. But the fate of Joe Biden’s agenda, along with broader hopes of maintaining a livable climate, now appears to have shifted to another swing vote in the US Senate: Kyrsten Sinema.   It’s unclear whether Sinema, an enigmatic and elusive figure, will support the bill,...
    (CNN)Shania Twain is showing fans everything in her new documentary "Not Just A Girl," released on Netflix July 26.The legendary singer says music saved her from a violent father in Timmins, Ont., but that her mother fully supported her dreams, taking her to local bars to sing when her father was asleep."Growing up in a violent household was horrible but I locked myself away with music to block out everything else so that all I could see, hear, think and imagine was music," Twain explains. "Probably hearing my mother saying, 'You can make it, you're going to make it,' I felt like that was going to save us somehow, if I made it, and it was more of a responsibility to be a performer, to do it as a career."In 1987, Twain's parents both died in a car crash. She signed her first recording contract in 1992, and once she started making music videos, she says she felt more in control creatively. "That was the moment that I grabbed on to creatively and it was liberating," Twain said. Read MoreTwain...
    WHEN little Ava started being clumsy around the house, mum Jackie Nelson thought nothing of it. But as her symptoms continued and the 10-year-old started to feel constantly sick and dizzy, her worried mum took her to the GP. 3Little Ava Nelson was experiencing headaches and dizzinessCredit: SWNS 3Her mum knew something wasn't right and took her to the doctors several times before she was referred to a specialistCredit: SWNS Jackie, 35, said Ava was also experiencing headaches, but was 'brushed off' by the GP who said she had a viral infection that would pass. The family returned to the GP three more times before Ava was finally referred to a children's ward at Cross House Hospital near Kilmarnock, Scotland. Sadly, just last month, Ava was diagnosed with a high grade glioblastoma brain tumour after an MRI scan. Glioblastoma is the most common form of a tumour in adults and is extremely agressive. Read more on tumours BRAIN CANCER SPIKE Brain tumours on rise in England with 50% surge in cases since 2001 Glioblastomas are grade 4 brain tumours - and...
    THE mum of a teenage boy who was told her son’s dizzy spells could be anxiety was heartbroken when the truth was discovered. Jayce Robinson also had symptoms of nausea and hearing loss - and mum Kirsty Newton, 38, from Eccles, knew something wasn’t right. 5Jayce Robinson, 15, pictured with his mum Kirsty Newton, 38, was thought to have vertigo or anxietyCredit: Jam Press 5Jayce had a 16-hour operation after doctors found the true cause of his symptomsCredit: Jam Press Kirsty, 38, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, said: “We kept taking him to the GP and they couldn’t find anything that could be causing it. “They gave him anti-sickness medication and said it could be vertigo or anxiety. “It was getting worse and he started collapsing with the dizzy spells so we were waiting on an ENT [ear nose and throat] appointment to come through.” Jayce, now 15, had spent a season as top goal scorer at one the two local football teams he played for.  “Then one season, when his symptoms were getting worse, he could hardly play as he...
    THE parents of a healthy 11-year-old girl were shocked when a lump on her foot turned out to be cancerous. Sophia Houlston, of Romford, Essex, needed her leg amputated after the devastating diagnosis, after doctors thought the lump was only a cyst. 5Sophia Houlston, of Romford, Essex, before her cancer diagnosisCredit: PA Real Life 5Sophia needed her leg amputated below the knee and now uses a prosthetic legCredit: PA Real Life She began complaining of a golf ball-sized lump on her left foot in the summer of 2020, when she was nine years old. Doctors suspected it was simply a build-up of fluid and told her parents - Corinne Houlston, 36, and Lee Dawson, 37 - to keep her leg elevated. However, Corrine, a mum-of-three, said: “We were told it was just fluid, to go home and rest up for a couple of weeks. But Sophia kept complaining it was hurting. “After a month, I went back and insisted on another X-ray. Read more real life storiesGET CHECKED I thought cleaning products were making my skin itch - reality...
    Paramus police suspected a 16-year-old borough girl who was reported missing earlier this week might end up in North Bergen or Guttenberg. They were right. Ashley L. Car was located by Guttenberg police and reunited with her parents, they announced Saturday morning. Ashley had been reported missing early Wednesday.
    Jamie Lee Curtis has confessed she thought Ana De Armas 'had just arrived' from Cuba when they met on the set of the 2019 movie Knives Out. Ana, 34, had already spent years acting in Hollywood movies with stars like Keanu Reeves and Bradley Cooper before Knives Out took her to a new level of fame. But Jamie Lee told Elle she had never heard of Ana before their film together and assumed 'she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman,' even thinking of pitching her to Steven Spielberg for West Side Story. Admission: Jamie Lee Curtis (right) has confessed she thought Ana De Armas (left) 'had just arrived' from Cuba when they met on the set of Knives Out; pictured at CinemaCon in 2019 Jamie Lee, whose parents were the Old Hollywood stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leight, remarked: 'I assumed - and I say this with real embarrassment - because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived.' Said she: 'I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like: "Oh,...
    More On: jamie lee curtis Jamie Lee Curtis officiates daughter Ruby’s cosplay wedding Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, more react to Ray Liotta’s death Jamie Lee Curtis honors Betty White with Oscars 2022 red carpet dress Jamie Lee Curtis refused to ‘conceal’ her body for new film role You know what they say when you assume… Jamie Lee Curtis admitted she thought Ana de Armas was new to the US and “inexperienced” when she first met the actress on the set of “Knives Out” back in October 2018. “I assumed – and I say this with real embarrassment – because she had come from Cuba, that she had just arrived,” Curtis, 63, revealed in an interview with Elle magazine. “I made an assumption that she was an inexperienced, unsophisticated young woman. That first day, I was like, ‘Oh, what are your dreams?’” The “Freaky Friday” actress claimed she “was so impressed with de Armas that she wanted to introduce her to Steven Spielberg to play Maria in ‘West Side Story.'” She also planned to introduce her to her...
    WHEN it comes to proposals, everyone has a different idea of what they consider the perfect moment. The same goes for the engagement – while some people like big and flashy, others like simple and understated. 2A woman shared a photo of her ring finger to FacebookCredit: Facebook One woman shared a photo of her engagement ring to the Facebook group “That’s it, I’m ring shaming,” to show others what her diamond looked like. Rather than have one or two rings on her finger, it looked like she had eight or more different bands, all layered and squished on one tiny surface. Although the woman presumably liked her stack, the group’s members thought there was no explanation that could possibly make up for how “horrendous” it was. The comments were hilarious. READ MORE ON WEDDINGSBRAVEST BRIDESMAID Girl, 8, walks down aisle as bridesmaid after having foot amputatedENTILTED IN-LAWS I 'ruined' my sister-in-law’s prom by not lending her my WEDDING dress “Call it what is it, shackles for your finger. The old ball and chain really took that literally,” one person wrote....
    AS a teenager, Danielle Freeman enjoyed the odd night out. But her main focus had been looking after herself as she wanted to become a personal trainer. 4Danielle Freeman was focussed on her fitness but started to struggle with her workoutsCredit: PA Real Life 4She had been working at a McDonald's with her boyfriend Connor when she became unwellCredit: PA Real Life 4Medics found she had been living with a benign brain tumour - which experts said she might have had for several yearsCredit: PA Real Life As she was training, she would feel mentally and physically drained with no explanation and says her workouts started to slip. In 2018 her boss at the gym she worked at, in Portree on the Isle of Man suggested she had depression, but Danielle knew this wasn't the case. Fast forward a year and the 23-year-old had been working at McDonald's and thought she just had a hangover. The night before she had been out with pals and enjoyed a couple of drinks. Read more on brain tumours BRAIN CANCER SPIKE Brain tumours...