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After The takeaway. ‘You wait at the taxi
rank, I’ll get some chips,’ I said.
As I queued at the takeaway,

● Brutal attack by a drunkenthug I heard a commotion outside.


Thinking it was the usual
Christmas chaos, I ignored it.

● Lucky escape from bombblast Race to hospital


A few minutes later, I emerged,
but there was no sign of Carl.
Mel O’Neill, that he would be OK. I really wanted to celebrate. Our friend Nic came rushing
I’d suffered major head Carl and I ran a hair salon over to me.
43, injuries and two bleeds and we planned to take our ‘Carl’s had to go off in a taxi.
Warrington on the brain. staff out on a festive knees-up. He’s hurt,’ she cried.

I
was like a cat with nine lives. ‘You’re lucky to be alive,’ the ‘After the last few years, we ‘What?!’ I shrieked.
That’s what my husband doctor said when deserve a bit of fun,’ I jumped in the next cab
Carl, 44, called me.
I’d had a run of bad luck,
I came round.
Over the next
There was Carl said.
We had a great
and raced to hospital.
What’s happened? Is
one thing after another. few months, a hole in afternoon, shopping Carl OK?
It started in 2011 when I
was diagnosed with incurable
I made a good
recovery, learning
his neck at the markets
in Manchester,
When I finally saw him
in the treatment room, I
inflammatory breast cancer. to walk and talk all ...and and then we hit a almost choked.
Just 37, I had two daughters,
Lois, then 5, and Darcey, 4.
over again.
I’d had another
so much karaoke bar.
Everyone was in
There was a gaping hole
in his neck, I could see his flesh
Cancer. So cruel. lucky escape. blood good spirits. and there was so
I had chemotherapy and a Life settled ‘Happy Christmas, much blood.
mastectomy on my left breast. down once more. darling,’ Carl said, pulling me So horrific,
But the cancer returned I even started a clinical trial in for a kiss.
in my skin and I had to to treat my cancer. By 10.30pm, we caught
have radiotherapy. Soon, incredibly, tests found the last train back
I knew my cancer would no more traces of the cancer. to Warrington.
never go away completely, but ‘Our luck’s finally changing,’ Next to the
I learned to live with it. I told Carl. station, I
Three years later, in 2014, So, in December 2016, spotted a
my strength was tested again.
My cousin Donna was
visiting from America, and Me after the
my dad Brian drove us to car crash
North Wales to see the sights.
But as I dozed in the back,
there was a huge smash.
Pain tore through me and
everything went black.
Turned out Dad had passed
out at the wheel due to a blood
clot travelling to his lung. My family: we’re
He’d veered off the road and hoping for a
we’d smashed into a tree. peaceful Xmas
Dad had fractured his spine,
but doctors were confident
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shocking
injuries

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I could barely look.
‘I’m OK,’ he croaked.
But he clearly wasn’t!
He explained that
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a total stranger had
taken offence at one of
our group for laughing
at him throwing up.
He’d attacked Carl,
completely unprovoked,
ramming a bottle in his neeck.
Doctors told us that thee
bottle had missed a majorr
artery by just one millimetre. disappoint –
If that had been cut, he the concert was
would likely have bled to death. brilliant and the
Thankfully, he’d make a girls were buzzing.
full recovery. But, as we
But realising how close gathered our
I had come to losing Carl belongings to leave, there was angel watching over us,’ I said.
was terrifying. a deafening bang. In September, Carl’s attacker, that vicious attack.
After two days, The whole place Josh Murphy, 22, appeared at But, after everything we’ve
Carl was allowed
home, with 12
A special seemed to shake.
‘Probably just a
Liverpool Crown Court.
He admitted to wounding
been through, we’ve got a lot to
be thankful for.
stitches in his neck. gift – blown speaker,’ and was jailed for 20 months, Life has thrown us some
But we both
struggled to put the
tickets Carl reasoned,
trying to be calm.
with the judge telling him that
if he’d hit an artery, he could
curveballs, but we just keep
batting them away.
attack behind us. to see Then we heard have faced homicide charges. As a family, we’re stronger
Our lovely outing Ariana people screaming Carl still suffers from a dull than ever.
WORDS: ANN CUSACK. PHOTOS: CHESHIRE POLICE , FOCUS FEATURES

had been ruined by and falling over ache at the side of his face. And, after several years of
one violent brute. Grande... each other to The damaged muscles and rotten luck, we’re hoping next
I couldn’t let him get out. nerves will never fully repair. year will be our year.
destroy the rest of our Panic set in as we queued for And he’ll never forget So, here’s to 2018!
festivities though. one of the exits.
I was determined to have a Outside, there were police
good Christmas for the girls.
We had an extra-special gift
cars everywhere.
‘Let’s get to the car,’ I told
Lois and Darcey
at the concert We♥Manchester
for them – tickets to see Carl and the girls.

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n 22 May 2017, 22 people died –
Ariana Grande at Manchester including several children – after
Arena the following May. Terror attack an explosion at Manchester
They couldn’t wait. When we put the radio on, Arena, where Ariana Grande had just
‘It’s going to be so cool,’ Lois, we heard the terrifying news performed to a sold-out crowd.
12, grinned. that a bomb had exploded in Grande won the city’s heart for her
When May came around, the foyer of the arena. support after the terrorist attack,
we were excited. It was a terror attack and we including meeting and helping to raise
Carl was still suffering had escaped, unlike others. millions of pounds for survivors and
flashbacks and anxiety, but We’d cheated death again. victims. She’s a patron of the We Love
we wanted to forget our All I could think of were the Manchester Emergency Fund and has
troubles for a night. 22 people who lost their lives. been made an honorary Mancunian.
And the gig didn’t ‘We must have a guardian
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Christmas
Without Daddy
later, Craig sent
a flirty message
Danielle and Craigwereplanning on Facebook.
‘He hasn’t changed,’
their future – thentragedystruck I thought, chuckling
to myself.
14, and his family had just But I replied.
Danielle moved in across the road. We started
Eyles, 26, A right Jack the Lad, chatting after that,
Southend-on-Sea, everyone knew him. then hanging out.
Essex I ignored him, rolled my Craig had the gift
eyes. I was two years older, of the gab – but he was

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ocking my front door, with a boyfriend. sweet and kind, too.
I heard someone give me a Not interested! Before I knew it, I’d
wolf whistle. Still Craig winked, blew kisses. fallen in love with the
‘Morning gorgeous!’ Boys, eh?! annoying boy across
It was Craig Voyce – he was Then one day, two years the road!
Months later,
I moved in with
his family.
‘I’m going to put a
ring on your finger and
a baby in your belly,’
Craig teased.
Charming!
Marriage and
kids hadn’t been on His surprise
WORDS: EMMIE HARRISON, TRACY GAYTON. PHOTOS: TRACY GAYTON

my radar. Boxing Day


But now I’d met proposal!
Craig, it was all
I wanted.
In November 2011, ring?’ I laughed jokingly.
we had our first baby. ‘One day!’ Craig winked.
Rocky-Lee was a complete The house was hectic, but I
surprise to us. loved every second.
Craig was only 18 Especially at
but doted on his son. A right Christmas time!
And when Rocky-
Lee was 1, I fell
Jack On Boxing
Day 2015, all
pregnant again. the Lad, the families
We moved into
our own place
everyone were together.
After lunch, I
in Southend. knew noticed everyone
Soon, I had
Craig Junior, now 3,
him! was fidgeting.
My dad Tony
My love, my and then Summer- nudged Craig.
soulmate: Craig Rose, 2. ‘Go on, Son, do it now,’ he
‘You’ve put three babies whispered a bit too loudly!
my belly, so where’s my Craig stood up, pulling
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Devastating REAL LIFE
hair, holding his hand.
Craig was just 23 years old.
A daddy of three.
My soulmate.
Doctors turned off his life-
support, there was nothing
more they could do.
We’d had our whole lives
planned, together.
But later that day, I made my
way home.
Alone.
The kids asked where
Daddy was.
‘He’s in heaven now, he’s
the brightest star in the sky,’
I told them.
They were too young to
really understand.
Instead of a wedding, I
planned my fiance’s funeral.
More than 100 people
turned up, but it didn’t feel real.
Life’s on hold
Christmas passed in a blur.
Family rallied round and,
together, we did our best for
the kids.
But in the midst of the smiles
and gifts and Christmas songs,
I’d never felt so alone.
The pain didn’t ease, just
grew more familiar as the
following year moved on.
This July, the other
driver involved in the collision
admitted failing to stop at a
road traffic accident, but he
wasn’t to blame for the crash.
I’VETOLDTHEM Craig had been driving too
fast. And paid with his life.
HE’SASTARIN unconscious,
to London’s Royal
For us, life still feels on hold.
I still wear Craig’s

I still wear my
THESKYNOW... Free Hospital
– 90 minutes
away – with severe
engagement ring. Haven’t even
changed my Facebook status.
I’m dreading Christmas
engagement ring helmet and went out the door. head injuries. without him.
Earlier that year, he’d broken Frantic, I arranged for the This year it’s just me and
me to my feet, too. And both his legs in a crash. kids to go to my aunt’s house. the kids.
suddenly everyone whipped ‘Don’t worry,’ Craig said, Then my mum Karen I’ll put on a brave face,
out their mobiles. kissing me. ‘Love you.’ picked me up. shower them with love
Craig took my hand. He still wasn’t back when An hour into the journey, and presents.
‘Marry me?’ he squeaked. I went to bed... Robert called me again. But inside, I’ll be pining
‘Yes!’ I screamed, and The kids had worn me out! ‘He’s gone, Danielle,’ for the Jack the Lad who
everyone cheered. But, at 1.30am, he sobbed. stole my heart.
Soon, every waking moment I awoke suddenly. My world Their daddy.
was spent wedding planning. The bed I waited stopped still.
I wanted every thing big. was empty. for him to ‘No,’ I screamed.
Big dress, big buffet,
big bar…
I looked at my
phone, which had wake up, I’d lost
everything. ALonelyTime
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our family and friends. I had 20 missed to the hospital hristmas can be
‘It’ll be perfect,’ Craig smiled. calls from my was all a half an hour later, painful if you’re
He could be a soppy devil. parents and Craig’s.
Just then, Craig’s
joke... I felt numb.
Craig’s family
grieving, whether
it’s your first year without
Empty bed dad Robert called. crowded around someone who has died, or
On 28 October 2016, Craig ‘Craig’s had an accident,’ his hospital bed. you were bereaved long
announced he was having he said. ‘You need to come He was battered and ago. For help coping with
a night out with the lads. to hospital.’ bruised, wires everywhere. this difficult time
‘I won’t be too late,’ he said, My stomach flipped as I waited for him to wake of year, contact Cruse
dancing round the kitchen he told me that Craig had up and wink and tell me it Bereavement Care on
with Summer-Rose. been in a collision with was all a joke. 0808 808 1677 or
‘Be careful,’ I said as he a hit-and-run driver. But it wasn’t. visit cruse.org.uk.
snatched up his motorcycle He’d been airlifted, I sat for hours stroking his
11
YOUR L
With hubby
Andy, before
my accident
my left foot.
The pain
was unbelievable.
With sheer
adrenaline, I managed to
YOU
dystrophy,’ a doctor said.
Turns out we all have
sympathetic and non-
sympathetic nerves.
The first kicks in after feeling
I wouldn’t go outside because it
would send my foot into a fury.
And I’m talking a drop of
rain, a breath of wind...
I never went back to work
All Sandra lug the canisters off me.
Crawling to the office I called
pain, and the second starts the
healing process.
at the petrol station.
Not only that, it affected

wanted was my husband Andy, then 44.


‘Is this an April Fool?’
Basically, the accident
had damaged
me as a mother, too.
My foot was
he asked. the second. OnBoxing a constant irritant
an agony-free ‘No,’ I whimpered.
Taking my trainer off,
Hence the pain!
There was nothing Day, in the house.
‘Don’t touch my
Christmas I saw my foot was already
bruised and bleeding.
the
doctors could do,
I was foot!’ I would warn
my girls.
Sandra While my boss came to take except wait... measured Even when I
Thomas, 51, over, Andy drove me to
Princess Royal University
‘If it doesn’t
heal in three years,
for my went to bed, my
foot stuck out of
Telford, Shropshire Hospital for X-rays. it never will,’ prosthetic the covers.
‘You’ve not broken any a doctor warned. Three years on,
bones,’ a doctor said. I longed to get better – but, I was still no better.

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eing a mum of four A miracle! months on, I was still in agony. I saw specialists, had
teenage girls is hard The slightest touch to my trial treatments.
work, for sure. No better foot sent me writhing. Nothing worked.
Puberty, exams, Sent home with crutches and Gone were the days of shoes Soon all the specialists were
temper tantrums… painkillers, I thought that was and socks. suggesting the same thing.
WORDS: EMMIE HARRISON, CHARLOTTE PENKETH SMITH. PHOTOS: MEDAVIA

So in March 2004 I swapped the end of it. But a week on, my I limped on crutches, foot Amputation.
working in retail management foot had gone black and started bare to the elements! ‘I can’t,’ I sobbed to Andy.
for a job at a petrol station, to swell. If it was raining or windy, I’d lose my freedom, as
three days a week. I was in agony. well as a part of myself.
It meant I had more time So I went back to hospital, I vowed to put up
with my girls. was put in a cast. But the Recovering, with the pain.
On 1 April, just a month pain just grew more and with But in spring 2012
later, I was opening up at 6am. more severe. my falsie I developed cellulitis –
Each morning I had to move Back at hospital, I got an agonising infection
two fire extinguishers to the a new diagnosis. under my skin.
forecourt outside. ‘It’s reflex sympathetic That year, I spent
They were so more time in hospital
heavy they were than out – and had
fixed to a trolley so seven operations.
I could pull them. One left me with an
But dragging the abscess and a gaping
canisters outside, I hole in my foot.
went up a slight kerb. Surgeons tried to
Both of the rubber drain the infection, but
handles came off. In plaster it didn’t work.
The trolley as the pain That October, I got
tipped and… worsened bad news.
I yelled as it came ‘It’s your leg or your
tumbling, crushing life,’ they said. ‘We can
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arrange a prosthetic.’
This time I didn’t argue.
On 19 December 2012, I was
wheeled in for amputation
from below the knee.
I was terrified, but focused
hospital leg team
made measurements
for my new leg.
By early 2013,
I was hobbling on
prosthetics from my
on getting better for Christmas. knee downwards.
The recovery
Not the end process was amazing.
After my operation, the relief ‘I wish I’d done this
was instant. sooner,’ I told Andy,
The pain in my leg and foot now 57.
had disappeared. That year,
‘That’s the best Christmas I started a job as
present ever!’ I grinned. a health assistant in
Incredibly, I was home on a local hospital.
Christmas Eve. They didn’t even
The family rallied round for
dinner and presents.
know I had a fake leg!
But, unfortunately – after 18 just below my knee
NOMATTER
And, on Boxing Day, the months – the pain returned.
With a
to remove some
of the nerves and WHAT,IWON’T
vengeance!
I ended up in
my boss’ office,
tuck them in.
It happened
around my
LETTHEPAINWIN
crying and 25th wedding anniversary. forward to the festive season.
taking off After a couple of days I’m expecting my eighth
my leg. recovering in hospital, we grandchild at Christmas.
‘Sorry, but celebrated by visiting the beach So exciting!
I quit – the pain in Poole, Dorset. So, I’ll be raising a glass with
is too much,’ Everything was great for my loving family this Yuletide.
I cried. 3 months, and I was preparing Because I know – whatever
It turns for another prosthetic. happens, with their support –
out I had But the neuroma returned, I’ll take it all in my stride.
a neuroma – so I had high-frequency
a benign radiowave treatment to try
tumour,
reacting to my
and reduce it.
The pain hasn’t disappeared
AboutRSD
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severed nerves. – and, because of it, I can’t wear eflex sympathetic
The nerves another prosthetic. dystrophy, also
in my stump Now, I whizz around in known as complex
were fighting a yellow wheelchair. regional pain syndrome,
to reattach Doctors can’t do any more. is a chronic pain
themselves Talks of removing my syndrome. Recognised
to my leg above the knee weren’t an by severe pain not usually
missing leg! option, as the risks were experienced following
Celebrating It caused too high. the original injury, it tends
our 25th chronic pain. I’m hoping to visit to worsen over time,
anniversary In July 2014, private consultants for accompanied by swellings
I had a second a second opinion. and changes in the skin.
amputation Now, I’m just looking
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17
E VIL ON
X M A S EV E
What drove James Bigby to
murder three men and a baby
just before Christmas?

A
t 4am on Christmas known each other, as well as
Eve 1987, Grace James Bigby, who’d worked
Kehler returned with them.
home from work in Two days later, an
Arlington, Texas, and made anonymous tip told police
a horrifying discovery. that Bigby had checked into
Her husband Michael a nearby motel.
Trekell, 26, was dead on the A SWAT team raced there,
kitchen floor. where a stand-off ensued until
He’d been shot in the head. police hostage negotiator Bigby was
Terrified, she ran to look Larry Ansley approached the executed by
for their 4-month-old son room door to convince Bigby lethal injection
Jayson. This was meant to be to give himself up.
his first Christmas. He eventually surrendered
But he wasn’t in and was arrested admitted to psychiatric wards
his cot.
Grace let out a
She found and charged.
In his room,
time for car theft and theft of
over $200 (around £150).
on two occasions and had
been diagnosed with
blood-curdling her son police found two A friend who used to help paranoid schizophrenia.
scream when
she found her
drowned pistols, a sawn-off
shotgun, a flare gun
him steal cars said that he
took drugs with Bigby. Conspiracy theory
infant son in the and ammunition. He added that, at the start of Around this time, he was also in
drowned in the
bathroom sink.
bathroom ‘I know I’m
guilty, and so do
the 1980s, Bigby was taking
so many methamphetamines
the process of divorcing his wife.
‘He was under a lot of
Their first sink you,’ Bigby coldly he had to use a calendar to pressure,’ said his father
Christmas as a told Ansley. remind him he needed to sleep. William, but he admitted
family had been violently But why had these horrific Bigby had also been that he didn’t see his
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ripped from her grasp. killings happened?


Not far away, police also What had driven this man
discovered the body of Frank to go on a murderous rampage
Curtis Johnson Jr on his front
porch and Calvin Crane Jr on
on Christmas Eve?
Bigby was known as a
Boxing Day Horror...
O
a city street. moody, irritable and often n 26 December 2000, Michael McDermott – an
Both men had fatal unpredictable man. employee at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield,
gunshot wounds. In his younger days, he Massachusetts – shot and killed seven co-workers.
A car at Crane’s home was had been a car thief and a Using an AK-47 variant, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .32
traced to James Eugene drug dealer. calibre pistol, he fired 37 rounds, repeatedly shooting his
Bigby, an unemployed In 1977, Bigby had victims in the back of the head. McDermott was found
mechanic from the nearby served a short jail sentence guilty of seven counts of first-degree murder. He was
city of Fort Worth. for burglary. sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without
Police soon realised that He was sent to prison for the possibility of parole.
the three murdered men had a second time in 1983, this

18
Making
Of A

E the urge to kill struck him


once he was inside the home
of a man he thought was
betraying him?
He later admitted that,
while he’d been thinking
about how to get back at
Trekell for a while, he didn’t
know why he murdered his
4-month-old son as well.
‘I regret killing the baby,
but not the other,’ he admitted
to police.
Consumed by bloodlust,
Bigby then left Trekell’s home
to seek his violent, fatal
vengeance against Crane
and Johnson.
Bigby: ‘I regret Bigby never stood trial for
those slayings – but, in 1991,
killing the baby confessed to the murders
of Michael Trekell and
but not the other’ Jayson Kehler while pleading
innocent by reason
of insanity.
son very often and he However, psychiatrists
never told him much bosses, to discredit him in in a blaze of glory’ and was deemed him fit to stand trial,
about his personal life. the case. willing to kill a lot of people, as and even testified that Bigby’s
But how had Bigby He also told well as any police mental disorder wasn’t
gone from being a car thief and
petty criminal to a murderer?
police that his old
company sent
He told officers who
attempted to
severe enough to interfere
with his understanding of
Investigators soon learned private investigators friends he stop him. right and wrong.
that Bigby had filed a lawsuit
for a worker’s compensation
to follow him, and
that they were
wanted They never
expected him to
During a court recess in the
March, Bigby managed to
case against the company he’d trying to kill him. to go out make good on his break free of the bailiffs and
previously been employed by,
for injuries he claimed to have
Police quickly
realised they were
in a blaze promise, as he did
in the early hours of
tried to hold Judge Don
Leonard hostage at gunpoint,
sustained while on the job. dealing with a of glory Christmas Eve 1987. before being disarmed and
Bigby was convinced that disturbed man. Bigby had first wrestled to the ground by
Trekell, Crane and Johnson Days before the murders, gone to Trekell’s home as a Leonard and prosecuting
were conspiring against he’d reportedly told friends friend on the night of 23 attorney Robert Mayfield.
him on behalf of his old that he wanted to ‘go out December, and the pair The jury rejected Bigby’s
spent the evening together insanity plea and sentenced
watching television. him to death, deeming him
to be too dangerous to be
Murder in mind? reintroduced to society.
When Trekell went to the This verdict was
kitchen, Bigby pulled out a gun overturned on appeal in
and shot him in the forehead. 2005, but Bigby received
He told the police that he the death penalty once again
had then gone to little Jayson’s at his second trial.
room, where he suffocated In March 2017, James
the infant and left him face Bigby was executed by
down in the water in the lethal injection, aged 61,
bathroom sink. and sang Jesus Loves Me
Had Bigby gone there with to himself as he waited for
McDermott murderous intentions? Or had death to take him.
killed seven
co-workers
19
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Break
Alternative
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Rule?
Suzanne, 38,
Manchester

M
y partner and I spend
alternate Christmases
with our families. This
year, we’re meant
to be going to his mum’s.
Sadly my dad’s unwell and
it’s important for me to be
there, and to take our kids.
My partner has suggested
we go for New Year instead.
Should I put my foot down?

YES
Pick Me Up!
reader Michelle

Avoid Christmas Conflict?


McGrath says,
‘Yes. There are no rules when
it comes to health and your
gut is telling you that you
Claire, 59, need to spend time with your
Portsmouth
YES NO father. You need to explain

M
y three children are this to your partner, who
grown up and have Pick Me Up! Pick Me Up! can then explain to his family.
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their own partners reader Debbie reader Nicola You can always spend the
and families. Hadden says, Green says, new year with his family
Christmas has always been ’Ask them to resolve their ‘If the fallout was really and then go back to original
such a special time for me and problems in advance, or you bad, tell them how worried rules as of next year. At times
their dad, to have them all back don’t want them all together. you are, as you don’t want being adaptable is a must,
and spoil them. Christmas is a special time any ill-feeling at Christmas, and this is one of those times.’
But this year’s been difficult. for families, not for arguing. or beyond. Suggest they have
My son and daughter have When they realise a meeting now
fallen out so badly they haven’t
spoken for the past six months.
They’ve all agreed to come
the pressure this
is putting on you,
it may make them
to thrash out
any tension
that’s ongoing.
NO
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for Christmas, along with my think twice about Christmas is reader Vivien
third child and told me it will their actions. a special time of McLaren says,
be fine. But I’m dreading it. If nothing else, year. Don’t cancel ‘It seems important for both
I know what they can be like,
plus with a few drinks during
it will give you
a one-to-one
Yes it – but if trouble
does start, send
of you to be with your families
at this time. Your partner
the day, I’m scared things with each family 95% them home. This has made strides towards
could get unpleasant. member, so might make them a compromise that sounds
Should I tell them how I’m you can enjoy realise just reasonable to me.
feeling and ask them to stagger quality time No how important If your father is very ill then
their visits? without issues.’ 5% family is.’ you need to be with him, but
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Home For My
DINNER
Naomi was out of hospital for the big day
Naomi
been a healthy 19-year-old and
now I had an incurable disease.
‘How am I going to live with
Toplis, 24, this?’ I wept to Dad.
Gosport But, with steroids and anti- Me in Cyprus and
(left) in hospital

G
etting ready for a inflammatories, my symptoms
holiday to Cyprus with began to improve. I could go with my now-hubby
my friend in August out with friends, even got a job. Ben in 2014
2012, I was so excited. As the course ended, though,
I’d been vomiting in the I slipped again.
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fortnight before the trip, but


my GP had cleared me to fly.
Once there, I got worse,
though – unable to keep
The pain and vomiting crept
back in and I began to lose
weight, so Dad took me back
to hospital on 14 December.
FACTFILE
down water. Suffering from I spent 10 days on IV steroids
Crohn’s disease causes
severe dehydration, I had to and had immunosuppressants. inflammation of the
get an emergency Would I be home squealed down the phone. digestive system.
flight home.
My dad took me
The for Christmas?
‘It’s unlikely,’ said
‘Well, I’d better get some
food in, then!’ Dad replied.
Symptoms vary but often
pain and include abdominal pain,
to Queen Alexandra the consultant. He’d planned to spend diarrhoea, fatigue, fever,
Hospital, where I
was given IV fluids.
vomiting I had daily blood
tests and a drip with
Christmas Day at the hospital.
I was discharged – and the weight loss and anaemia.
I was terrified came back a biological drug next day our wonderful The condition affects at
that I was dying.
CT scans,
and I lost to suppress my
immune system.
neighbour Nicky knocked on
the door with turkey and veg.
least 115,000 people in the
weight UK, but the exact cause
ultrasounds and Resigning myself Dad and I had a lovely day of remains unknown.
a colonoscopy all to being in hospital games and festive telly.
pointed to Crohn’s disease, on Christmas Day was so In 2014, I had the diseased Treatment cannot cure
a condition causing disheartening. But then, on part of my bowel removed. But it, but aims to reduce
digestive inflammation. Christmas Eve morning… I have to be careful as, although the symptoms. Visit
Doctors didn’t know why ‘We’ll need to get you some milder, my symptoms remain. crohnsandcolitis.org.uk
I had developed it, but I was medication to take home,’ a Still, I don’t plan on
relieved to know what it was. nurse said. being in hospital for any
for more information.
Then reality sank in. I had ‘I’m coming home!’ I future Christmases!

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Armstrong,
19, Darlington
Appointment
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P
regnant and sitting in
a cafe with my
partner Ryan and his
With Dr Arabella grandparents in early
December last year, I suddenly
Onslow felt something strange.
‘My waters have broken!’
Dr Arabella Onslow has been a GP for I panicked.
The problem was, I was
11 years and was Rosemary Conley’s
TRUE E
only 33 weeks gone!
Health Professional Slimmer of the Worried, Ryan’s
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or S Darlington Memorial
Hospital, where I was given
can get really sick. steroid injections to help the
What can I do to help baby’s lung development, and
prevent it this year?
Katherine, Yeovil
Vitiligo to boost her antibodies in case
of infection.
But it was too late to stop
1 Vitiligo is curable.

A
When elderly people get the birth. My baby was
ill, they need help staying True False coming now!
hydrated, being taken to
the loo, and taking medication
correctly. Make an emergency
2fromItsensitive
makes skin more
to damage
sunlight.
‘She will be very small,’ a
nurse warned me.
But it was still a shock
plan forhow youcanprovide True False when 4lb 1oz Eliza arrived
thatforhersoaminorillness screaming the hospital down.
doesn’tturn into amajor one.
3 Vitiligo is caused by
bad diet choices.
‘She looks like a little doll,’
I thought.
True False
Winter woes Continuous cough She was whisked away to
the Special Care Baby Unit,
4 Itcanruninthefamily.

Q
My toddler had croup where she was hooked up to

Q
I hate winter! My feet True False
get so cold, they don’t almost 2 weeks ago. oxygen in an incubator.
He was only ill for a 1 FALSE Vitiligo develops ‘Preterm birth increases
turn blue...they turn the risk of sepsis,’ a doctor
white! I wear thermal socks couple of days, but the cough aswhitepatchesontheskin,
warned me.
all the time, but it doesn’t has persisted, especially at caused by a lack of melanin.
I was scared, and knew the
night. Does he have asthma? The patches are usually
help. How can I keep warm? permanent. Treatment infection could be deadly.
Delia, via e-mail Hayley, Burnley Eliza was given antibiotics,
– such as camouflage
cream and phototherapy – just to be sure.

A A
Raynaud’s syndrome is No, the croup virus can can improve the And though I longed to
poor circulation which cause a cough for up to appearance of the skin, but hold her, I wasn’t allowed yet.
shuts down the flow of 2-3 weeks. If he’s well can’t stop it spreading. Instead, all me and Ryan,
blood to the feet and hands so and not breathless, then 21, could do was watch while
they become white and feel there’s no cause for concern. 2 TRUE Lack of melanin, nurses did all her mummy’s
cold. Keep the blood warm Winter ishardforunder-2s,as or pigment, makes the jobs, like nappy changes.
down your limbs by wearing they get multiple infections. skin more vulnerable to I couldn’t even feed her
leggings and tights under the effects of the sun myself, as she had a feeding
trousers, as well as thermal and sunburn. A strong tube fitted.
socks, and your circulation sunscreen should be Leaving our little girl at the
won’t shut down. used at all times. hospital every night was

1 9
3 FALSE Contrary to
Elderly mum popular myths (such as
having fish and milk

Q
I am worried about
together), there is
my mum. She lives on absolutely no connection
her own and usually

million
between vitiligo and diet.
she manages to keep on top
of things, but if she gets 4 TRUE Vitiligo can be
caused by stress or
unwell over winter, she exposure to certain
can’t cope at all and then chemicals. But it may
...that’s how
be more prevalent if many stones of
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PRESENT
Skye longed to have her
baby home for Christmas
heartbreaking, but docs said hugging
she should be home soon. me tight.
But then Eliza’s weight The nurses
began to plummet. Soon she at hospital
weighed 3lb 10oz... were
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heir families.
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At long last, we were
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ours forever,’ After two weeks, allowed to bring Eliza home A birth is considered
Ryan insisted, iza’s condition finally on 23 December. premature if a baby is
urned around. Just in time for
Her jaundice Santa to spoil her born before the 37th week
vel was Now she’s rotten with plenty of pregnancy. It can occur
rastically laughing, of toys and for a number of reasons,
ecreased after baby clothes! ranging from infectionsto
hree days of rolling Eliza’s now nearly geneticissues.Babies born
hototherapy – over, and a year old – and,
early often aren’t fully
nd, when she was though she’s still
eady, the nurse she loves small, she’s developed and require
aught me how to her food laughing, rolling special care straight after
eed her in a more over, and she loves birth. Twin or multiple
atural position her food.
hat encouraged her to take We can’t wait for this
pregnancies usually carry
ore milk than she was Christmas, but it will be an increased risk of
aking before. difficult to top last year. premature birth. Visit
This increase in Eliza’s milk When we were a family bliss.org.uk for advice.
onsumption was vital for at long last.

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Fighting To Fix
Our Boy
Cassie'sfamilyishopingforamiracle...
January, he started to and balance tests, the doctor
Cassie complain of double vision. at Craigavon Hospital said Cameron is
Finnegan, 29, Then, his balance was they wanted to do a CT scan. being so
unstable, speech slurred. My husband David, 34, and very brave
Waringstown, Something wasn’t right. Cameron’s dad Harold joined
County Down On 27 January, I took us at the hospital. found a mass on Cameron’s

U
s mums can pick up on Cameron to the GP. Three hours dragged as we brain. It’s a tumour.’
the tiniest of changes After examining his eyes, the awaited the results of the scan. They diagnosed him with
in our kids, can’t we? doctor paused, frowning. ‘What if he loses his sight?’ a diffuse intrinsic pontine
We’re the first to spot ifRinging the hospital, I fretted, unsure what all the glioma (DIPG) brain tumour.
they’re unhappy, or a little bit he then described scans were about. Harold burst in tears, but
under the weather. the symptoms. Taking us to a different I wanted to know more.
Watching my son Cameron, ‘I’m referring room to Cameron, three
then 11, rip open his Christmas you for tests,’ doctors surrounded us. Inoperable
presents last December, he told us. ‘I’m so sorry,’ one said ‘So, what are you going to do
I noticed he was squinting. After to us. ‘I’m afraid we’ve to fix him then?’ I asked.
Odd, I thought. numerous ‘I’m sorry but it’s inoperable,’
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As he chatted away blood the doctor added.


with his sisters Courtney, Our whole world fell apart.
3, and Chloe, 9, I couldn't Uncontrollable sobs erupted
stop looking at it. from deep inside me.
‘Are you OK, love?’ ‘He could have between nine
I asked him. and 12 months to live,’ they
He’d had the explained gently.
odd headache My beautiful boy. My
of late, too. eldest. The first of my babies
Pulling a that I held in my arms.
face, he told Was it really true that
me to stop we’d just celebrated our
worrying. last family Christmas
So, as he all together?
seemed fine, Pulling ourselves
I forgot together to face
about it. Cameron, I
His dad couldn’t bear
Harold, 33, telling him
has a slight everything.
squint, so ‘The doctors
I just put it have found
down to something on
inherited genes. Us last Xmas your brain, but we
But, in the – then everything are going to fix it,
following changed... and we will always
26
Heartrending REAL LIFE
raised a massive £60,000,
we flew out to Mexico.
Brave Cameron was so
poorly on the plane.
An ambulance collected us
from the airport.
After two days of rehydration
and recuperation, Cameron
had his first round of
chemotherapy, which was
followed by immunotherapy.
‘The tumour’s shrunk,’ the
specialist announced after the
first scan following treatment.
It was the news we’d been
longing to hear.
Only, they found another
lesion on Cameron’s brain.
In Mexico
However, confident they can
treat it, too, we’re still in Mexico
now, waiting for the fourth
round of therapy.
Friends and family are still
fundraising like crazy at home.
But it’s working. Cameron’s
doing so well here. And the
tumour’s shrinking.
The therapies have made
him very sick, though, and
he often finds everything
completely overwhelming.
Sometimes, he just wants
to go back home.
We’ll be here until 18
December, just a few days
before Christmas.
With the enormous expense
of the treatment, we know we
won’t have much in terms of
presents this year.
But seeing Cameron
THESQUINTWAS enjoying another Christmas
is all we really want.
ASYMPTOM brought us some
To donate towards Cameron's
treatment, visit justgiving.com/

OFHISCANCER relief from the


awful situation.
Over time,
accepted Cameron as a patient.
But a miracle cure on the
other side of the world was
crowdfunding/cure4cam

look after you,’ I said, holding


him closely to me.
Cameron found out more
about his condition, though.
never going to be cheap.
It’d cost £25,000 for each
WhatExactly
I never wanted to let go.
Cameron stayed in hospital
‘I have cancer, don’t I?’ he
asked me one day.
round of treatment, and we
already knew that Cameron
IsDIPG?
A
over the weekend so he could ‘Yes,’ I replied, because would need more than one. diffuse intrinsic
be monitored, but he was I’d never lie to him. We shared pontine glioma
discharged after a few days. The more he asked Cameron’s story (DIPG) is an
Taking a week off school about it, the more Soon he far and wide aggressive brain tumour
after, soon he was back playing I had to reveal. through a in children. It grows
footy, in lessons and spending Researching online
wasn’t JustGiving page, deep within the brain
time with his friends. for any possible able to run and the donations stem in an area that’s
It was just like nothing bad treatment, I found then poured in. responsible for critical
had happened at all. the Instituto de or play Generous bodily functions such as
Oncologia with his strangers, friends breathing and movement,
A question... Intervencionista,
friends and family helped which tragically mean
Only, he was far from fine. in Mexico. raise the cash. that it is inoperable.
At the end of January, A specialist cancer But Cameron’s DIPG is one of the rarest
Cameron started radiotherapy. centre, it is one of the only health was deteriorating. and most deadly childhood
His body reacted well, and places in the world that is Soon, he wasn’t able to run cancers – it’s thought to
he didn’t suffer any side effects. showing improvements in around and play with his affect just 300 children
His squint disappeared for treating DIPG cancer. friends any more. worldwide each year.
a while, too, and he seemed Its results were amazing. That squint we now all For information on the
to be better than ever. ‘I’ve got to take him there,’ feared came back. condition, you can visit
In March, the arrival of I told David and Harold. Time was of the essence. thebraintumourcharity.org
my third daughter, Caitlin, Contacting the centre, it On 20 September, having
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Q 450g white chocolate, plus 100g
to decorate
Q 100g sweet popcorn
Q 4 crushed candy canes, plus 4
2 In a bowl, combine
the popcorn, crushed
candy canes and half the
more to decorate M&Ms. Pour the melted
Q 100g Christmas-coloured M&Ms chocolate over the popcorn
(or supermarket equivalent) mix and fold with a spatula
Q A few drops red gel colouring until everything is coated.
Q 20 x 30cm brownie tin, lined with
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Q 200g chestnuts ready for use.

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Serves: 10 Prep: 20 min plus chilling Cook: 45 min

Q 3 sprigs of dill, plus extra for


garnish
Q 800g side of salmon
Rinse off
the salt
and pat
Enjoy
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Make a
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Serves: 8 Prep: 20 min
Q 75ml vermouth dry. Then
twist side dish
Q Juice of ½ a lemon
Q 100g caperberries
For the pickle:
put the
cucumber and
beetroot in separate bowls.
Q 100g pistachios, plus extra
to garnish
Q ½ white cabbage
3 Gently
segment
the oranges over a sealable
Q 1 cucumber Sprinkle each with 40g Q ½ red cabbage box to collect juice. Add the
Q 4 beetroot, diced sugar and 50ml cider Q 150g Brussels sprouts segments to the box. Seal
Q 80g caster sugar vinegar. Chill for at least two Q 100g watercress and chill for up to one day.
Q 100ml cider vinegar hours to pickle.

4 Serve the salmon hot or


Q 3 oranges
Q 50g pomegranate seeds 4 To serve, add the orange
segments and 100g

1 Preheat oven to 200°C/


Gas 6. Line a roasting tin
with foil and scatter over the
cold, topped with the
drained pickles, caperberries
p
and sprigs of dill.
For the dressing:
Q 3tbsp rapeseed oil
Q 1tsp runny honey
of pistachios to the salad.
Combine the dressing
ingredients with the orange
dill. Lay the salmon on the Q 1-2tbsp sherry vinegar juice, seal and shake to mix.
dill, skin-side down. Season TOP TIP Pour over the salad and
well, then pour over the
vermouth and lemon juice. This deliciously 1 Gently toast the
pistachios in a dry frying
toss. Serve sprinkled with
the extra pistachios and

2 Roast, up to one day in


advance if serving cold,
flavoursome side of
Scandinavian salmon
pan until lightly charred,
then set aside to cool.
pomegranate seeds.

for 30 min, until fish is


tender. If serving cold, let
cool, then chill. If serving hot,
is a great make-ahead
dish for a buffet. We’ll
be surprised if there are
2 Thinly slice the white
cabbage, red cabbage
and Brussels sprouts. Add
TOPTIP
If you can’t get hold of
make pickles first. any leftovers, but if there to a large sealable box to pistachio nuts, toasted

3 For the pickles, dice the


cucumber and put in a
bowl. Sprinkle with 1tsp salt,
are, they’re delicious
flaked through salads
or pasta dishes.
llect any juice. Add the
tercress, removing any
ody stems. Seal and chill
alm
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toss and set aside for 15 min. up to one day.

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Your
no-cookk
dessert
Cranberry and Chocolate
Port Glazed Ham Orange Pandoro
Serves: 10 Prep: 25 min Cook: 5hr Serves: 12 Prep: 30 min plus freezing

Q 3.5kg unsmoked gammon


Q 1 carrot, roughly chopped
and sugar until it becomes a
thick sauce, then set aside.
Q 1 x 750g Italian pandoro
Q 300ml coffee ice cream 3 To serve, pour over
warmed chocolate
Q 1 celery stick, roughly chopped
Q 1 onion, peeled and quartered
Q 2 bay leaves
3 Remove the ham pan
from the heat and lift
the ham out of the pan and
Q 400ml vanilla ice cream
Q 500ml chocolate ice cream
Q 200ml chocolate sauce
sauce, top with chocolate-
dipped orange segments and
scatter over the glitter stars.
Q 150ml port into a roasting tin or on to Q 6 candied orange segments,
For the glaze: a heavy baking tray (keep dipped in melted chocolate,
Q 100ml port the cooking water and to decorate (optional) TOPTIP
Q 150g cranberries vegetables for soup, if you Q 1tsp edible silver glitter stars
Q 2tbsp light muscovado sugar like). Cool for 10 min or until The candied orange
cool enough to handle. segments we use in this

1 Tie extra string round the


gammon, so that it keeps
its shape while cooking.
4 Set the oven to 200°C/
Gas 6. Use a sharp knife
to cut away the string and
1 Trim the base of the
pandoro to make a 3cm
thick disc, then cut out the
recipe can be quite
difficult to get hold of.
If you struggle to find
Place in a large pan, add the the skin, leaving a thin layer centre. Allow each of the them, you can make your
carrot, celery, onion, bay of fat. Score a diamond ice creams to soften slightly, own by boiling and
leaves and port, then top pattern in the fat, then then spoon in the coffee cooling slices of orange
up with cold water until spread a third of the flavour, followed by the (or satsuma or
covered. Bring to the boil cranberry sauce over the vanilla and then chocolate. clementine), then
(about 15 min), then cover
and simmer as gently as
possible for 55 min per 1kg.
top as a glaze.

5 Put the gammon in the


oven and cook for 20-30
2 Press the reserved disc
of pandoro back in place
on top of the ice cream, then
soaking the slices in
a syrup made by heating
water, caster sugar and
Cook for about 3½ hours. min, to get a little extra put the cake upside down orange juice together in

2 To make the glaze, gently


heat the port, cranberries
colour. Serve warm or chill
f wo days.
into the bag it came in, reseal
for up to
a saucepan.

31
Alive A
Rushed
in for my
transplant...

Brave Lynette foughtback


KICKI a lung transplant in the future,
due to the CF.
But I’d always assumed it
colours,’ I told Mum.
She and Dad were in bits.
Before we knew it, Christmas
fromdeathtohaveababy… was a long way off.
Hearing it discussed now
was approaching again.
Usually I looked forward
brought home just how sick to it. But this year was different.
Lynette born with cystic fibrosis (CF) I was. ‘All I want for Christmas is
Armitage, – a condition in which the So I was put on the a new set of lungs,’ I told Mum
26, lungs and digestive system transplant list. and Dad.
Fallin, Stirling become clogged with thick,
sticky mucus.
Six months on,
though, I was still
I was Then at 5am on
5 December 2013,
convinced

A
dding another bauble Any kind of flu could lead to in hospital. Mum came rushing
to the Christmas tree,
I stepped back and
a serious lung infection.
Unluckily, over the next few
So I asked to be
treated at home.
that into my room.
‘Lynette!’ she
admired my work. months my condition declined. It’d been adapted my time cried, waking me.
‘Not bad,’ my mum Diane,
54, smiled, impressed.
The flu damaged my lungs. for my needs, with a
walk-in shower and
was almost ‘Doctors have some
lungs for you.’
It was December 2012 and All a blur breathing machine. up... With no time to
I was looking forward to all I ended up on a breathing Doctors agreed – waste, I was rushed
the festivities. machine, as my lungs were but, with each passing day, by ambulance to hospital.
Mince pies, turkey, lots of struggling to cope. I got sicker and weaker. And, later that day, I was
presents – I couldn’t wait! I was so sick and weak, it I couldn’t breathe by myself, taken into theatre.
And the big day certainly was all a bit of a blur. my lungs were giving up on me. When I came round after
didn’t disappoint. But I kept hearing whispers I was convinced my time was the op, I took a deep breath.
I spent it with Mum, my dad about a lung transplant. almost up. My first words?
Robert, 58, and my brother ‘It might be her only hope,’ ‘For my funeral, I want ‘I can breathe!’ I smiled.
Robert Jnr, 24. a doctor told Mum and Dad. everyone to wear bright I just couldn’t believe
Spending quality family I’d always known I faced
time together during the
festive season was lovely.
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But like every year, it


Tiny Ariana
was over too quickly.
weighed just
Before I knew it, it was over 2lb
2013 already.
A few months into the
year, I started to feel a bit
run down.
I thought it might be
a touch of flu.
But my symptoms got
more severe.
Fever, headache,
chesty cough…
‘You’ve got swine flu,’
a doctor diagnosed. Now 3,
I was immediately excited
admitted to hospital. for Xmas!
See, as a baby, I’d been
32
REAL LIFE

And
ING
how different I felt.
For the first time in months
I could breathe by myself and
I instantly felt stronger.
It was like I’d been given
a fresh burst of life.
After four weeks in hospital,
I was well enough to go home.
And able to spend Christmas
with my family.
It was an emotional day.
‘My lungs are the best gift
I could’ve been given,’ I said,
beyond thankful.
Guess what?!
Within weeks, I was even back
at the gym, working out.
I felt like a completely NEWLUNGS
different person.
Then in August 2014,
I realised my period was late. a pregnancy would affect
ANDANEWLIFE
I can’t be pregnant, though,
I thought.
my new lungs.
‘Going through with it
or my
breathing.
ASAMUMMY!
I’d always been told that, with could damage them,’ a doctor In fact,
CF, I’d struggle to conceive. warned me. everything was going well. up her strength.
But I did a pregnancy They advised me to But then, in February 2015, When she was allowed
test, anyway. terminate the when I was 28 weeks pregnant, home, I couldn’t stop admiring
Positive.
Surely it’s
I still have pregnancy for
my own safety.
I went into premature labour.
Ariana arrived, weighing a
just how perfect she was.
She’ll be 3 next February and
wrong, I thought, to pinch ‘No chance!’ 2lb 2oz. Remarkably, though, thankfully she doesn’t have
convinced there
must be a mistake.
myself to I said, without
thinking twice.
other than her size she was OK.
‘Hello, beautiful girl,’ I cried
cystic fibrosis.
I still have to pinch myself
It hadn’t been believe I didn’t care how when I had my first hold. to believe she’s here.
long since I’d
broken up with
she’s risky it was for me,
I simply refused
I loved Ariana more than
anything in the world.
Receiving life-saving lungs
in time for Christmas was an
my ex. here! to abort my ‘I’ll be the best mum,’ unbelievable gift.
We’d always used miracle baby. I beamed, proudly. And now that I have Ariana
a condom, but it Mum and Dad She was kept in hospital too – well, it’s nothing short of
obviously hadn’t worked. were worried sick, but they for three months to build a Christmas miracle!
Then another test confirmed supported me.
the pregnancy. I continued with the
I was having a baby!
And I was over the moon.
pregnancy, despite the
warnings, and doctors
Conceiving With CF
W
‘It’s a miracle,’ I laughed, monitored me closely. omen with cystic fibrosis have thicker cervical
unable to believe it. And as my bump grew, so mucus. This can make it harder for sperm to
But when I told my doctors, did my excitement. successfully penetrate the cervix and can
they were concerned. Luckily, the pregnancy increase the amount of time it takes to become pregnant.
They weren’t sure how didn’t seem to affect my lungs
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in touch so their families need to get through each day, – the more people we can
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The second series of
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single. Dermot O’Leary will announce the lucky
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my girlfriend
a wooden leg
for Christmas.
It’s not her main
present –
it’s just a
stocking-
filler!

How do we know
Q Santa is a man?
No woman with an Q What’s the best

A ounce of dignity would


wear the same outfit for so
way for kids to get
a puppy for Christmas?

many years running! A Beg their parents


for a baby brother!
Mary:
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hree men meet Saint Peter outside Heaven on Christmas Eve.
you put the ‘In order to get in you must each produce something
rubbish out? representative of Christmas,’ he says.
Joseph: It’s The first man digs a matchstick from his pocket. ‘This represents
Christmas – ther
e’s a candle,’ he says. He gets let in.
no room in The second man produces a tangle of keys which he says
the bin! represents bells. He’s allowed in, too.
The third man pulls a pair of red, lacy knickers out of his pocket.
‘What do these have to do with Christmas?’ Saint Peter asks.
‘They’re Carol’s,’ the third man winks.
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he
d the prisoner, ‘What are you charged with?’
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what she wanted for
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the defendant.
as shopping early,’ replied

nothing would make her ‘That’s not an offence,’ said the judge. ‘How earl
were you doing this shopping?’ y
happier than a diamond.
So I bought her nothing! ‘Before the store opened,’ the prisoner replied.
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Q Why is Christmas just like your job? Q rob the off-licence?
Q Why did the A You do all the work and the fat guy
A He was desperate for
some holiday spirit!
snowman want with the suit gets all the credit!
a divorce?
A Because his wife
was a total
flake!
Q What did the
stamp say to
the Christmas card?
Q What’s the difference betwee
snowmen and snow women?
A Snowballs!
A Stick with
me and we’ll
go places!

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When it comes festive facts,
are you a Santa or a Scrooge?
Food & Drink Movies
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Which festive,
dairy-based
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first consumed in a
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actors has
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A whopping 87%
of Brits feel their
Christmas dinner
wouldn’t be complete
without what?
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which America ,
city did Ma
Culkin find him caulay
self
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n Poor Macaulay
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treats were
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Christmas

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Which European
country considers cracker invented by
St Lucia Day, on Londoner Tom Smith?
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13 December, to be the
official beginning of the
What day did
Christmas season?

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exchange

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The tallest living
Christmas tree their gifts on instead
is believed to be of Christmas Day?
161ft tall and growing
The Christmas
and can be found in
which American state?
a) Idaho
b) Pennsylvania
12 truce between
British and
German soldiers
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which war?
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and Germany, it’s
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Robert L May

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figure was the beloved Christmas
UK’s bestselling song character?
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has this topped the 2010. What was the toy?
Christmas charts?

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What do Annie
Lennox, Dido
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original title of which
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MacGowan all have
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Which plant’s
Christmas
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most ratings in 2016?
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What time is
the Queen’s
Christmas
message always on
the box? Make a
date with

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Lola was pining year, being abandoned at Dogs Trust Bridgend,
for a new home she knew she had space in her heart and home
last Christmas, for him. A Christmas miracle for this lucky pup.
after spending
five months
at a Dogs
Trust centre.
Thankfully,
her Christmas
wish came true
when David and Box-ing Day
Maxine arrived
to adopt her. Betty
Abandoned in
a cardboard
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a betting shop
last December,
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OWLI Santa’s helper
Abandoned last Christmas time,
with six of his brothers, Dasher
can’t wait to celebrate with his
new family this festive period.

All wrapped up
Billy began his life as an
unwanted Christmas present.
But thankfully, Nick and
Amanda gave him a new shot
at happiness and affection
when they rehomed him.

Christmas
cracker
Who would leave this adorable face?
Alice was abandoned on Boxing Day
2015. She has a birth defect affecting
her front paws, so new mum Sharon
is helping with her recovery.

Crimbo companion
Spike, a 12-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was
found wandering the streets in the New Year. Happily,
Lynn and Douglas had been searching for a new canine
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about to blow up?
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Pwllheli up into my arms, clutching

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t was 18 September...just an him to my chest.
ordinary day. Suddenly I heard violent
My partner Danny, 25, thumping, like someone was
had just gone to bed, while trying to kick the front door in.
I was in the bathroom about ‘Abbey!’ I heard Danny
to have a shower before scream at the top of his voice.
joining him. He’d been sitting in bed
But as I’d just got undressed, when the house-shaking bang
I heard our 1-year-old had literally thrown him from
Elliot-Ray crying from the bed onto the floor.
his room. Hearing my scream, he’d
‘Do you want me thought I was still
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to get him?’ I heard
Danny call from
Theteeth- in the bathroom.
But when The terrifying
our bedroom. jangling he’d tried to open damage...
‘It’s OK, I’ll go!’
I called back.
screech the bathroom
door, it was
Wrapping a of metal wedged shut. Elliot, I scampered downstairs road, only to plough into our
towel around
me, I closed the
scraping So that violent
thumping..?
after Danny.
Elliot was still in my arms,
bathroom window!
Neighbours rushed out to
bathroom door on metal That was Danny screeching his head off. see what had happened.
and padded along trying to kick the When we made it outside, ‘Are you OK?’ they asked.
to Elliot’s bedroom. bathroom door in. we found the front of the house Too shocked to speak, I
But just as I walked ‘I’m here,’ I yelled from in ruins, water spewing from couldn’t stop tears from falling.
towards him... Elliot’s room. the broken pipes. Then, suddenly, we heard
KABOOM! Running in, Danny threw a sound above us.
I suddenly heard an his arms around us. You OK?! Glancing up, I suddenly
ear-shattering bang that shook ‘We’ve got to get out,’ When I looked up, I couldn’t realised the driver of the car
the whole house, then the he panted. believe what I was seeing. was still at the wheel. He
teeth-jangling screech of metal Neither of us knew what was A car was wedged between looked elderly...and in shock.
scraping on metal. going on. We were living on our first-floor bathroom So shocked that he started
It was coming from the pure adrenaline and instinct. window and the flyover that smiling, and tried to open the
bathroom where I’d been And our instincts were runs parallel to our housing- door of his car.
standing just seconds earlier. screaming, You’re in danger! association home. ‘No, stay there!’ yelled a
‘A bomb!’ my mind raced. Quickly grabbing some The car must have gone out neighbour, ‘Help’s coming!’
I felt my throat go dry and warm clothes for me and of control and veered off the The same neighbour had
48
Explosive REAL LIFE
coming and
Ruined beyond we’re still in
repair – but at temporary
least we were safe council housing.
It’s been almost
three months
now. I just want a
new home where
me and my family
can feel safe.
New toys
If we’re still not
housed in time,
we’ll have to spend
Christmas Day in
our temporary
accommodation.
But we’d love to
be in our home,
building fun
festive memories
and shaking off
the bad ones.
So, we’re trying
to be positive, and
waited at my dad’s house. splashing out on toys to make
It was only then that I little Elliot smile.
realised little Elliot had saved And to get us in the mood,
my life. we’re planning to see Danny’s
If he hadn’t started crying, daughter from a previous
I would’ve been in relationship in her Christmas

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when the car
came crashing
school play, as well as taking
Elliot to visit Santa Claus.
A freak accident might
BEFORE,IWASIN through the wall.
If it wasn’t
have ruined our home but
I’m determined it won’t ruin
THATBATHROOM! for my baby,
I’d be dead...
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our Christmas.

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Elliot tight.
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ruined beyond repair. But anny says, ‘We’re
that’s the least of our worries. still struggling with
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ambulance and fire brigade overwhelmed by a crippling jump whenever I hear cars go our ordeal. If Elliot hadn’t
soon arrived. sense of fear, as if another past the house. started crying, then
Firefighters secured the crash was only moments away. And I freak out when I have Abbey could be dead or
wrecked car before rescuing ‘I can’t go back to to use the bathroom of severely injured.
the old man from his seat, that house, a night. Healing physically
while we were checked over I won’t feel Poor Danny and mentally will
by medics. safe there,’ is still taking take some time,
I told Danny. painkillers for but together
Ambulance The next his injuries. we’re
While I was fine physically, day, Danny Worse, confident
Danny had internal bruising returned to Christmas is that we can
in his right hand, back and check the pull through.’
bottom, but hadn’t noticed due damage,
to the adrenaline rush. while I
My dad Neil soon arrived, as
did Danny’s parents Chris, 49,
and Mandy, 50.
‘Are you OK?’ asked Dad as
he came running over to me.
‘I don’t know,’ I whispered,
still reeling.
As an ambulance took the
old man off to hospital with
minor injuries, me, Danny
and Elliot went to stay with Thank goodness
my dad. But it was impossible for our little
to sleep. hero Elliot!
Sobbing repeatedly
SA N TA'S
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when mum Emma, 37, from Somerset,
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Flying Picket?
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Cheeky REAL LIFE
Cheeky Chums Surprise, Surprise
Holly & Elvin are always getting
up to no good. Sometimes they’re Mum Sarah, 39, from Taunton,
caught under the mistletoe. Or Somerset, has Jeff and Twinkle to
trying to steal chocolates off the help make sure Maey, 10, and Libbi,
tree. But they’re great fun and 6, are being good. If they're really,
always help mum Lisa, 42, from really well behaved, they’ll get a
Swansea, make sure Malacai, 8, and very special treat on Christmas Day!
Lucian, 11, aren’t making mischief.

All Aboard
Bradley, 3, and Emelie,
1, will no doubt get
spoilt this Christmas
by Granny Faith, 42, at
home in West Sussex.
Elf Emmet loves to
watch them play
with their train set!

Team Elf
Harrison, 11, and Jaspyr, 7, from
Essex, must be keeping mum Zoe,
36, happy with their good behaviour.
Here's elf Harry Jay Twinkle Toes
dropping off a special delivery of
matching elf tops for the family.

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cakes and chocs, then leftovers
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Douglas, 39, still wearing maternity clothes. the weight back on again. the day so much.
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what mattered.
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like we really had something
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and bars.
soups
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children in 2011.
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all the And over the
next six months,
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with polycystic Finally, I could Christmas Day. photo, I spent the entire festive
ovary syndrome. get back into all my old Leo cooked up a feast of period feeling rubbish.
It meant that conceiving was clothes again and wasn’t turkey and all the trimmings Worse, I knew it wasn’t
a struggle. doing my health any good.
Another symptom was With two kids to look after,
suddenly piling on the pounds. I knew I had to do something
When I finally fell about it.
pregnant in May 2012, Leo
and I were ecstatic. Slinky size-10
‘One more mouthful for the So, in January, I cleared
baby,’ my hubby would say the cupboards of carbs, sugar
every mealtime, as he spooned and wine.
spag bol or shepherd’s pie onto And once again,
my plate. I embarked on the Cambridge
Throughout my pregnancy, Weight Plan.
I gained more than I should. No, it wasn’t easy.
I’d a huge appetite - it wasn’t But it was worth it.
unusual for me to eat an entire I lost nearly a stone in the
trifle by myself. Leo’s a first week, then at least 5lb
By the time I gave birth to great cook! every week after.
baby Johnny in January Hitting 11st, I started to go
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w, Let It Snow,
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This is the scary snowman my fiancé
and I made in our communal garden.
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in and had a right laugh! Karen Hobson, Sheffield
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Starry fright
I think I was in too deep when trying to
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C-old pals
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NICE NE
With my
kids, Jacob
and Amber
AUBL but then Angelina Jolie hit
the headlines…
Turned out she, too,
carried the gene, and had
had preventative surgery.
I wanted to help raise
My first awareness, so I put a link
night out to Angelina’s story on
since the op
my Facebook page.
I explained I was going
through the same thing.
Afterherlifesavingop, I even tweeted former
Liberty X singer Michelle
therewereonlytwothings Heaton, who’d also spoken
out about being a carrier
Gemmawanted of the gene.
I was thrilled when she
tweeted me on the day of my
fromSanta… surgery saying, Good luck.
I spoke to my surgeon
Gemma Griggs, 36, just before the mastectomy
Crawley confirmed to me. and reconstruction.

I
’d heard it a million times... days,’ Mum reassured me. Such a relief. ‘I don’t mind if you make
‘Always make sure you And they did. The doctor offered to test if my boobs a little bit bigger,’
check your boobs,’ my mum Mum had a mastectomy, I was a carrier of the BRCA2 I winked.
Denise would say. and all was well. gene, which increases the risk I was joking but, as a C-cup,
And I did, religiously. I was Eighteen months on, my of breast and ovarian cancer. I quite fancied a bigger bust!
forever having a feel in the beautiful daughter Amber ‘I may as well go home with
Taking action
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shower, making sure there arrived, in April 2008.


were no lumps. Life was busy. Both Mum and I had the test,
See, breast cancer
has plagued
Terrified, But, in 2009,
I split with
and our results were positive.
‘I think you should have
Mum’s been
through
my family. I went for my partner. a preventative mastectomy,’ it, too
When I was 6,
my nan Mary
a test at Being a good
mum to the kids
Mum said gently.
I couldn’t risk developing
lost her battle the breast was my priority. breast cancer.
with the disease.
Then, when
clinic the That’s why
I worried so much
‘I’ll do it,’ I decided.
I knew Amber may have
I was 24, Mum, same day about ever finding inherited the gene, too, and
then 48, faced a lump in my boobs. would need tests in the future.
a fight of her own. I was on I really needed to be around I wanted to set a responsible
honeymoon when she phoned for the kids. example for her.
to tell me she had breast cancer. Then, in 2011, my fears But, as the date of my
I was newly married with became a reality. surgery crept closer, in June
a 6-month-old baby, Jacob. I found a pea-sized lump 2013, I started feeling nervous.
But in that moment, my in my left breast. It was a big operation, and
happy bubble burst. Terrified, I went for a test at I worried about what I’d look
‘It won’t be like Nan. Doctors a breast clinic the same day. like after.
can work wonders these ‘It’s just a cyst,’ a doctor I was tempted to postpone,
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Uplifting REAL LIFE

EW
LES!
the perfect pair,’ I laughed.
But, when nurses unravelled
the elastic strap holding my
new boobs in place afterwards,
I was gutted.
One was the size of a head,
the other tiny.
I had new boobs all right, but
they were far from perfect!
‘They’ll even out in time,’
EXACTLY WHAT
a doctor reassured me.
Smiling again
I WANTED
In May 2014, I underwent
a hysterectomy, to further
UNDER THE TREE!
cut my risk of ovarian cancer.
Going into early menopause,
I was given HRT to ease I laughed to my mum. surgery, my dad George, then
the symptoms. I didn’t even want bigger 62, was in a hospice, seriously February of this year.
It was a relief knowing I was boobs this time. ill with emphysema. ‘He was so proud of you,’
at a significantly lower risk of ‘Mummy just wants Santa I wanted him to see how Mum tells me often.
developing cancer. to give her old ones back,’ happy I was. So, But I want to
But something still niggled. I joked to the kids. the following day, make him even
My boobs hadn’t evened It took surgeons four and a I went to visit. I was prouder, and raise
out, and I felt so insecure.
So doctors booked me in for
half hours to reconstruct them.
But it was worth it.
‘I’m just glad to
see you smiling
thrilled awareness of the
BRCA2 gene.
a corrective procedure on the When I came round, I was again,’ he beamed. with my It really is
NHS in December 2014.
‘New baubles for Christmas,’
thrilled to bits with my new
C-cup boobs.
We celebrated
Christmas as
new C-cups worth sacrificing
your boobs to
But, while I’d been in a family, and, when I save your life.
amazingly, woke up I couldn’t be
Dad clung on. happier with my
My nan Despite doctors new knockers!
died of believing he didn’t have They’re one Christmas
cancer long left, he survived for present that’s given me
aged 52 another two years. a huge confidence boost.
My brave dad passed away in And to me, that’s priceless.

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cancer is 10-12%. Having a fault in one of the high-risk
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worried about your risk, see your GP about the possibility
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T n
We look ahead Britannia
Sky Atlantic
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Kelly Reilly are among the
comedies and cast of this historical epic
about the Roman occupation
dramas that of Ancient Britain. It’s set in
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HOLIDAY HEISTERS
F
or two men in Florida, fact, all wasn’t what it seemed…
it seems the stress and As Dupree lay on the floor,
cost of the holiday season his friend Tarus Scott, then
all became too much 30, swiftly left the shop with
back in 2014… the trolley full of
While out
shopping for
He left Barbie bounty.
Dupree
a Barbie Dream with a then jumped up,
House and
Barbie car in a
trolley full seemingly fine.
His ‘heart
supermarket, one of Barbie attack,’ had just
of the men, Gerard
Dupree, then 27,
bounty been a distraction
to steal the toys.
fell to the floor But luck was
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Grinch-y REAL LIFE
Not
down the

ST
chimney…

It’s pants
(and tops
and hats)!

December 2015,
fast-food restaurant in
erbyshire received a visit
om Father Christmas.
t, instead of coming down
himney, he climbed
ugh the …but
-through through the
ow. window…
d,
r than
ding
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an –
sed
d
suit –
demanded
cash from staff
and threatened
them before fleeing.
The robber’s Father
Christmas disguise made it …and NOT
hard for police to identify him, for mince pie
and the bad Santa still and sherry!
hasn’t been brought to justice!

STUCK IN T
E
very year since 1966, the
town of Gavle, Sweden,
has erected a 43ft model
straw goat to celebrate
CHIMNEY Ho, ho, no!
In 2009, a 6ft man in full Santa
suit with beard and dark glasses,
sprang a less-than-festive surprise at a

I
the festive season. n 2010, a man from Seattle, bank in Nashville, US. He pulled out a
The figure is supposed USA, was nicknamed The gun and demanded money – and
to represent the Christmas Santa Claus Burglar after escaped with handfuls of cash after
spirit – but that spirit has he tried to break into a house telling staff he needed it to pay his
elves. No-one was hurt,
been lost many times over by climbing down the chimney. but police are still hunting
the years, with the goat Hapless Shon Shanell, 23, got for Santa.
meeting a blazing end. himself firmly wedged and had
Arsonists have set the to be rescued by fire fighters. stuck after trying to retrieve
unfortunate goat alight 34 Tight fit for When he was freed from the his rucksack, which a friend
times, burning it to the ground. bungling chimney after nearly six hours, had thrown into the chimney.
In fact, seeing it in flames has burglar his surprised rescuers found However, the jury didn’t buy
become nearly as old a tradition that Shanell was completely the bare burglar’s blarney, and
as the Crimbo straw goat itself… naked. He claimed that he got Shanell was jailed for 17 months.
67
Our wedding
- merry
and bright!

Plenty of
drama!

YULE-BRIDE! e oo e a . appy an re axe – per ect!


Bonnie’s fabulous, It was love at first sight and Although, looking back,
we kissed all night. I suppose we probably shouldn’t
festive nuptials The rest, as they have had the
say, is history! wedding the week
After eight We before Christmas...
Bonnie Barry, months, Steve
marriedon It was manic!
39, moved in. It was as Still, we jetted off
London if we’d known each awinter’s to Antigua for a
other forever. relaxed honeymoon.
day,the

I
t’d got to the point in my Then, in 2012, Now we’ve
life where the wheels just I accidentally weekbefore bought a house –
weren’t turning any more. fell pregnant and Olivia, 5, has
It was 2010, I was 32 – and with our Christmas been joined by Sam,
I still hadn’t met the right man.
‘Why not try online dating?’
daughter Olivia.
It was a shock, but it made
2. Life’s wonderful.
Who’d have thought online Christmas came
my mum Vanessa, then 63,
said to me.
Steve and I realise just how
much we loved each other.
dating would bring me the
man of my dreams? early for Mary
So I logged onto the dating He proposed to me on I really do have all I want Mary
site eHarmony – and got some a Norfolk beach in for Christmas.
fruity messages at first! October 2014. Okusanya,
WORDS: EMMIE HARRISON. SEE WWW.EHARMONY.CO.UK

And, yes, some people I met ‘Yes!’ I whooped. 22,


were lovely, just not for me. I threw myself Cardiff Bay
So I’d almost given up on the straight into

B
whole dating thing...when I got wedding planning. eing a mum is a wonderful
a message from a man named ‘I’d really love feeling, isn’t it? It just
Steve, aged 35. a winter wedding,’ takes nine long months to
I love your smile, it read. I announced. get there!
My heart melted as We loved red wine, I had a traumatic labour with
I blushingly read his words. log fires, Christmas… my first baby, my little boy
Steve was tall, dark and very He had to agree! Diamond, now 3.
handsome. But his messages On 20 December It was the day before my due
had lots of spelling mistakes… 2015, we got married date when I was induced, in
Still, that was no big in Greenwich. December 2015. Doctors had to
deal, really! It was a beautiful, My lovely use forceps…
He was in Essex, not that crisp winter’s day. family I couldn’t walk for months!
far away from my home. There was hearty So, when I fell pregnant again
After a week of messaging, food, fairy lights, in March 2016, I was nervous.
we met for a gig, went to see and everyone was ‘You’ll be fine,’ my hubby
68
REAL LIFE

h Yes,
went off to the loo, but he was
Sammy ages. Was he lost, or ill..?
Then a cast member came
Edwards, 22 on stage and wished happy
Burnley birthday to kids at the show.
met Paul, now 25, ‘Anyone else got something
at a December to say?’ he finished.

HE DID!
wedding in 2015. And Paul appeared on
We hit it off at once, the stage.
hatted as if we’d known What the.?!
ach other for years. ‘I’d like to invite my
‘My favourite film girlfriend Sammy up!’ he said.
s The Lion King!’ Shaking, I made my way up.
laughed, after he’d asked. Paul was shaking, too, and
Then a rather tipsy got down on one knee…
l got on one knee. ‘You’re my best friend…
t’s my favourite, too, let’s marry me?’ he asked.
be together!’ he slurred. Happy tears pouring
Silly beggar! down my face, I said yes
But I liked him, and we and kissed him.
swapped numbers. And, the I forgot we had an
next day, he texted me. audience – everyone cheered
It wasn’t long before as we returned to our seats!

WORDS: EMMIE HARRISON, ANN CUSACK. PHOTOS: FOCUS FEATURES


I’d fallen in love. Paul was I could hardly concentrate
funny and caring. on the rest of the show!
We talked from the start We’re planning the
about marriage and wanting wedding for 2019.
kids. After six months, we Now I really can’t wait
moved in together. to say, ‘Oh, yes, I do!’
And, that December,
Paul had a surprise.
‘We’re off to the
pantomime!’ he grinned.
I was over the moon
– he knew me so well.
I’d been performing
on stage since I was 8, in
musicals, plays, pantos...
So, a year to the day since
we met, we went to see
Dick Whittington at King
George’s Hall, Blackburn. And we’ll
Halfway through, Paul live happily
ever after

Miracle On
Olayemi, 40, said.
The midwife
agreed, and
encouraged me to go
for a natural birth.
WORDS: EMMIE HARRISON, JANE COHEN. PHOTO: MEDIA WALES

‘It’ll be OK thi
time,’ she said.
Like
Diamond, this
baby was due at
Christmas time.
‘I’m praying
for a miracle,’
I joked.
!
Everything went well – but he hopped out to get me in.
then, on 22 December, I woke at I couldn’t do it! The pain
2am in agony. was so bad, I fell to the floor. Dreaming of
Olayemi was on a night shift. Feeling the urge to push, a quiet one
I called him to say the baby I pulled down my PJs – just a push Hospitalof this year!
was coming and he said he’d as a police car came past! and Wales.
meet me outside, then take Officer Lianne Rees rushed our Thankfully,wewerebothfine.
Diamond and me to hospital. over, helped me lie on the beautiful Princess Baby Princess will turn 1
I went out. It was freezing but pavement. Olayemi ran to arrived. Then, before I had time three days before Christmas...
I felt clammy. Such agony! check on Diamond, get towels. to panic, the ambulance came, Let’s hope this birthday’s a
Olayemi’s car pulled up and After 10 minutes, I gave whisked us off to University little less dramatic for us all!
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Thisyear,
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Laura
Margetts, 22,

AT LAST
Plymouth

A
bsolutely besotted.
That was me and my
boyfriend Luke.
We’d met at 15, got
engaged a year later.
‘Puppy love’ some
people said.
But we knew better.
We may have been young,
but we were no fools.
This was the real thing.
‘Let’s be together forever,’ never been a baby at all. when a doctor told me it was
we agreed. back a week later to make sure. I was told to wait a year a cancer and said I needed
At 18, we moved in together But still, nothing. before trying again, as my chemo to shrink the tumour.
– and, straight away, we started Doctors gave me a D&C and hormone levels needed to Without it, it could spread.
trying for a baby. suggested I may have suffered settle down. It meant I’d have to spend
Quick perhaps. But we knew a molar pregnancy. But I was desperate, Christmas in hospital
we wanted to spend the rest of ‘It’s when abnormal cells impatient – and, by undergoing chemo.
our lives together. grow in the womb instead of November 2014, I Luke ‘I’ll be with you,’
Luke told me. ‘We’ll
So why wait around? a foetus,’ I was told. was pregnant again.
Only, Mother Nature had I was excited, was there still make it special.’
different ideas. Shattering news but nervous too. when a On Christmas
A year later, we still hadn’t Thankfully they weren’t I went to hospital to Eve, we ordered a
managed to conceive. cancerous, but I was get checked out. doctor told takeaway pizza and
Tests confirmed that
I wasn’t ovulating.
absolutely devastated. And days later, my
local hospital, in
me it was had a feast in the
hospital lounge.
The little ‘baby’ in my
A month later, a fertility tummy that I’d talked to,and Treliske, Cornwall, cancer Then, on
specialist diagnosed polycystic planned a future with, had called to say I had Christmas Day,
ovary syndrome another molar staff gave us a roast dinner.
(PCOS). pregnancy. It wasn’t how I imagined
‘So it’s my fault.’ ‘But this one has spending Christmas – but we
I wept. formed a tumour,’ made the best of things.
In May 2014, I was told. From December 2014
we got married. ‘It’s cancer then?’ until February 2015, I had
And, two I stammered. chemo treatment every
months on – in Luke looked other day.
July – I was put over, startled. I was moody, and when
on Clomid to boost The doctors couldn’t doctors advised not to try for
my circulation, say, said I’d need to a baby for a year, heartbroken.
and we kept on go to Charing Cross Reluctantly I went on the
WORDS: JO WILLACY, NICOLA MOORS. PHOTOS: HOTSPOT MEDIA

trying for a baby. Hospital in London for Pill. And when I came off it, I
Our best emergency treatment. fell pregnant straight away.
wedding gift? Luke was there And this time, at five
Not a toaster... holding my hand weeks, a scan showed it was
but a positive
pregnancy test
two months later.
‘At last!’ I
whooped to Luke.
But our joy
was short-lived.
Just seven weeks
on, I started to
bleed and needed
a scan.
The sonographer
frowned. Puppy love? No Our much-
‘I can’t find way – Luke and wanted baby
anything,’ they said. I knew better Lillie Rose
We were called
78
Overjoyed REAL LIFE
LOOK!WE’RE to discover the gender.
‘A little girl,’ I squealed,
APROPER clapping my hands together.
I was so excited, but

FAMILYNOW terrified too.


Especially when I went
eight days past my due date.
On 11 July this year, I had to
be induced.
It was a traumatic,
36-hour labour.

T
On 13 July, our longed-for
baby got stuck and as soon
as she was born she
needed oxygen.
Time stood still.
I was terrified.
Please don’t let me lose
her now.

So cute
Waiting to hear that first cry
felt like forever.
Then the most blissful wail
rose from her chest!
And Luke and I sobbed like
babies ourselves. At last, we
had our baby girl, Lillie Rose.
‘She’s beautiful,’ Luke
whispered in my ear. ‘I’m so
proud of you.’
Now we can’t wait to
celebrate our first Christmas
with Lillie.
I’m going to dress her in
a cute reindeer outfit and
take hundreds of photos to
embarrass her with on her
18th birthday.
I can’t wait to spoil
her rotten!
Every Christmas since
spending it in hospital in 2014,
I’ve looked back with sadness.
This year, I’ll look back and see
just how far I’ve come.
I love being a mum. It’s
everything I’d imagined
and more.
We’re a proper family now.
Lillie makes us complete.

a proper pregnancy.
Luke and I wept with joy to adopt?’ I said. our chance to have a baby?
More About
when we saw our baby’s
heartbeat on a scan two
We weighed up all our
options – adoption, fostering,
‘Let’s try not to get our hopes
up too much,’ Luke said gently.
Molar
weeks later. using a surrogate. He was right. Pregnancy
But, after only two days, But then the Waiting But hope surged

M
I started bleeding... charity Tommy’s when a scan at olar pregnancy
As soon as I heard those referred us to for my five weeks showed is a rare
words ‘I’m so sorry’ from
the sonographer, my world
Birmingham
Women’s Hospital.
baby’s there was a baby.
Seven weeks,
complication.
There are often no
caved in. There, a specialist first cry a heartbeat... symptoms and it may
Why me?
‘The only thing that can fix it
prescribed a
progesterone
felt like I had more
scans at nine,
not be detected until the
12-week scan. However,
is another baby,’ I wept to Luke. pessary to help forever 10 and 12 weeks. symptoms such as
So we started trying again. support an early Our baby irregular bleeding, severe
But, over the next six pregnancy, and was still alive! morning sickness and
months, I lost five babies. I was told to take it as soon as At 16 weeks, we actually tummy pain can occur.
I became obsessed, would I fell pregnant again. dared to believe. Around one in 10 women
look at pregnant women... That time came just weeks ‘We’re going to be a mummy need chemotherapy
Why them? Why not me? later, in November 2016. and daddy,’ I beamed to Luke. drug treatment.
‘Maybe we should try Could this finally be We paid for a private scan
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