The day before we are due to head home, Dom goes out for a walk. Jan and I sit on the terrace in the sunshine. An overwhelming sense of dread about Dom engulfs me and I run to his room, flinging open the door. Everything is in order. My imagination is running away with me. I text Dom: ‘Have you seen the sunset?’ … [Read more...] about Diary of a friendship deepened by despair: It’s summer’s most shattering book – the bond of tears and love that drew two mothers together when they both faced losing a child
'Most women with familial breast cancer do have faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, but a small proportion of women have other genetic mutations that we now know can also raise the risk,' says Charles Coombes, a professor of medical oncology at Imperial College London. … [Read more...] about ‘We started chemo on the same day’: Seven years after Bernie died of breast cancer, Nolan sisters Linda and Anne face the same struggle… so why do faulty genes plague some families but not others?
I have spoken to dairy farmers who are trying desperately to keep their businesses afloat but acknowledge that, at some point, their farms will have to close, despite in some cases being in the same family for generations. I’ve spoken to beef farmers – some of whom quietly expressed criticism of the intensive feedlot-style cattle farms popping up across the UK – that have dedicated themselves to offering higher welfare, grass-fed beef sold directly to the public as an alternative to cheap supermarket products. … [Read more...] about ‘One thing I’ve learned about modern farming – we shouldn’t do it like this’
Painkillers 'can be life-changing'Dr Cathy Stannard, a consultant in pain medicine at NHS Gloucestershire, who has carried out the research suggesting only one in 10 patients seeking help for long-term pain will get benefit from painkillers, said she agreed there needed to be a re-think. … [Read more...] about Ban term ‘painkiller’ to end obsession with drugs
Tweeting news of their diagnoses from the Nolan's official account, Linda and Anne said: 'For the past few months during lockdown, Linda and Anne have been battling cancer and chemotherapy together. We will get through this together, as a family.' … [Read more...] about Linda Nolan steps out in public for the first time since her cancer diagnosis as she admits ‘seeing late sister Bernie looking back at her in the mirror after her hair fell out’