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Archive: September - 2016

Henry's story - Down syndrome

Henry's story - Down syndrome

Posted On: 25/09/16

Like many children and young people with Down syndrome Henry has problems with his eyesight as well as learning disabilities. But now, bifocal glasses are making an amazing difference.

Mum Caroline is delighted with the progress in Henry’s reading, writing and everyday skills, like doing up buttons and using IT equipment, which will help him become more independent in the future.

Tests carried out by Dr Margaret Woodhouse at Cardiff University led to Henry’s prescription for bifocals,...

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The day I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer

The day I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer

Posted On: 18/09/16

Fourteen months after she finished her treatment, Sarah Pickles looks back on the day she found out she had triple negative breast cancer.

The door handle started to turn. I knew this was the moment that could change my life forever.

The surgeon appeared with another staff member. He introduced himself and then introduced Sally, a breast care nurse. He started to go through my notes: family history, the results of the mammogram and the biopsy. Then he delivered the devastating news: ‘I’m...

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Categories: Make a Difference

What can I do about scanxiety?

What can I do about scanxiety?

Posted On: 12/09/16

Waiting for scans or any other breast cancer tests and their results can be very difficult. The tests might be to diagnose cancer, monitor how well treatment is working or mammograms used as part of follow-up after treatment. 

On the Breast Cancer Care Helpline, Forum and Live Chat services people often use the phrase ‘scanxiety’ to describe this time and the emotions they feel.

Anxiety can cause a range of physical symptoms such as muscle tension, diarrhoea, palpitations and sweating....

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Top tips for starting school

Top tips for starting school

Posted On: 05/09/16

In this article, Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children education adviser Jill Davies shares her top tips for starting school - whether a new one or for the first time.

This can be a big step for any child. For many children and parents it is an exciting time. However, if your child has additional needs you may have particular worries about how they will cope with the new environment and what kind of support they will get, particularly in the early weeks as they settle in....

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Categories: Together for Change

Athletes like me are being excluded from the Paralympics.

Athletes like me are being excluded from the Paralympics.

Posted On: 01/09/16

Athletes like me are being excluded from the Paralympics.

I am a 100m and 200m runner. I have trained all my life to compete at the highest level in these sports. I also have a learning disability. Unfortunately, this means I am unable to compete in the disciplines I am strongest in.

Did you know that the Paralympics exclude people with a learning disability from over three quarters of sports?

Out of 23 sports at the Summer Paralympic games, athletes with a learning disability can only compete...

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Categories: Friends at Work