The worst thing you hear when you’ve found a breast lump? You’ll be fine!

The worst thing you hear when you’ve found a breast lump? You’ll be fine!

When a friend recently found a lump in her breast even I had to rein in the urge to start trotting out all of the ‘reassuring’ talk about most lumps are benign, how many people I know who found lumps that turned out to be cysts, how sure I was that she’d be fine etc etc. I say ‘even I’ because, in You can get through this, I included a whole section on the fact that, as long as there’s even a...

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From a low to a high standard of living: an interesting story from Quora

From a low to a high standard of living: an interesting story from Quora

I really like Quora – people who share their opinions are often well qualified to do so (presuming, of course, that they are who they say they are!) and the personal stories often provide an insight into very different lives. You can choose topics to follow but, at the moment, I just subscribe to the Weekly Digest because it throws up things I would never have thought to search for. Like this...

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Financial good sense or hypocrisy?

Financial good sense or hypocrisy?

Clive James’ translation of The Divine Comedy from Australia’s bricks-and-mortar Angus & Robertson $40.99, from the UK Book Depository $28.24, both with free delivery. I really, really want to support Australian business. I really, really want to reduce the ‘air miles’ my purchases travel – I’m a local organic produce-eating vegan, for goodness’ sake. But I just can’t bring myself to pay...

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The worst thing you hear when you have cancer? Staying positive is the most important thing!

The worst thing you hear when you have cancer? Staying positive is the most important thing!

When I was told I had breast cancer my life was already a mess. I felt helpless, overwhelmed and out of control; cancer seemed like the final straw. It didn’t help that I kept on hearing about needing to stay positive. I had been depressed for much of my adult life – how on earth could I start feeling positive now that I also had a double mastectomy, radiotherapy, two courses of chemotherapy and...

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Repeat after me: you don’t have to clear your plate

Repeat after me: you don’t have to clear your plate

It’s always a surprise when something you’ve told your children appears to have made. My son told me that he had repeated my favourite saying that ‘the biggest waste of food is eating something you don’t really want’ when he was out at dinner a few nights ago. Apparently, his friend was criticising him for not eating everything he’d ordered and even churned out the old saw that ‘people are...

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