The answer is possibly yes, but we don’t understand how.

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When I was working as a primary care physician, I was called to visit an elderly man at his son’s home. The man had been discharged from the hospice and the family had rallied around to rapidly convert a downstairs room into a comfortable bedroom for their father. They knew that he had a very limited time to live, and the two sons who lived some distance away had travelled to the family home to give their support.

I arrived and checked that the old man was comfortable, while his sons were moving furniture and putting up a bed for…


That is, if you are an older woman

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Statistically, if you are a woman, you will end your life living alone. I don’t have to find you actual facts and figures to prove this, because it is common knowledge that women tend to live longer than men. There are exceptions of course, and good luck to those men who manage to beat nature’s algorithm.

As a woman, don’t you think you should make some preparations for those last years?

1. First of all, you need to stop relying on the man to do stuff, because when he isn’t there any longer, those tasks won’t get done. Start finding…


9 Ways to Feed Your Creative Spark

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When you were little, you had a creative spark deep inside you. If you were lucky, your parents and teachers knew how to nourish it and make it grow. Even if that little flame was neglected, don’t worry, it is still there, waiting to be fed and to burst through into your consciousness.

Do you remember the nursery rhymes about Old Mother Hubbard? There was nothing in her cupboard and so her poor dog went without supper. Don’t let your creative spark feel the pangs of hunger! Let’s start filling that cupboard.

Here is a list of ways to stack…


how a small charity can make a difference

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You may not have heard of Prostate Buddies. It is a small local charity. Men who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer have come together to offer support to those newly diagnosed. Before Covid, they held monthly meetings but currently they provide a telephone lifeline.

As you are probably aware, men are generally reluctant to talk about such personal topics. On receiving the diagnosis of prostate cancer, many falsely assume they have been given a death sentence. The truth is usually quite different. …


Important childhood milestones

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My granddaughter was worried. She was coming to stay over with me and my husband and a loose tooth had come out just that morning.

How was the tooth fairy going to know the way?

Being a resourceful child, she wrote her a note and left it on her pillow at home. But would that be enough to ensure the tooth fairy journeyed to the right house?

It was with some surprise that I found out the tooth fairy was called Veronica. I don’t remember that from my childhood. …


When is the right time to light them?

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I guess I am not the only one to have a stash of pretty candles at the back of a cupboard. Occasionally, I take them out and hold them, feeling their smooth aesthetic shapes and smell their distinctive aromas. But when is the right time to light them?

They all hold special memories.

How can there be a right time to light the candle that commemorates our wedding? It is delicately decorated with an inscription . What a day that was! We married in the amazing mansion at Port Lympne in Kent. Following the ceremony, we all piled into a…


An opportunity for new writers to find their voice

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Have you been thinking about writing for Medium but been put off trying because you have read so many impressive articles?

There are some amazing writers here, some who have a long career behind them of writing, others who have spent a lot of time honing their craft. And to be fair, most of us will never be able to compete with the top writers. You probably think you are not good enough. You are worried about making a fool of yourself because you haven’t any confidence in your abilities.

If that is where you are at, there is a…


A place to experiment and try new things

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This is a brand new venture.

A place for novice writers to be published.

Where else will you get this opportunity? Well I don’t know of a similar publication anywhere.

I am an editor for Illumination and its sister publications and I will be one of those responsible for publishing submissions in this new space. There are no rules other than those that Medium requires us to abide with. Have a read here to make sure you understand what you can and can’t do. Medium Rules | by Medium | Medium Policy

This is nothing like writing a school essay…

Carol Price

I used to be something else, but now I can hold my head up and say I am a writer. Retired doctor. Passionate about empowering people. Editor of Illumination

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