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I was in the best shape of my life when I was diagnosed with cancer at 33

I was in the best shape of my life when I was diagnosed with cancer at 33

It’s a weird thing to grieve the person you used to be, but also resent her for being so ungrateful.

  • by Aimie Rigas

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The joy of new friendships that comes with having kids

The joy of new friendships that comes with having kids

Becoming a mother drew Patti Miller into friendships that have lasted well beyond the baby years.

  • by Patti Miller
Less than a month after I met my soulmate, I ended my 14-year marriage

Less than a month after I met my soulmate, I ended my 14-year marriage

He took her breath away and changed her life forever.

  • by Amanda Trenfield
After encountering a friend’s mum, I abandoned any domestic-goddess ambitions

After encountering a friend’s mum, I abandoned any domestic-goddess ambitions

Mrs Buckman had shown me a way of doing things that I didn’t even know existed. Nope, I thought. That’s not for me.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Caroline Baum: ‘My unforgettable afternoon with Lauren Bacall’

Caroline Baum: ‘My unforgettable afternoon with Lauren Bacall’

“I found myself holding a tape around Lauren Bacall’s bust, waist, hips and along her arms, marvelling at her imperious way of getting what she wanted.”

  • by Caroline Baum
‘Mummy, what’s wrong?’: When a child turns rescuer

‘Mummy, what’s wrong?’: When a child turns rescuer

A strange noise coming from his mother’s bedroom was the start of a tragic journey for TV reporter Jason Om.

  • by Jason Om
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After my husband died by voluntary euthanasia, I went searching for answers

After my husband died by voluntary euthanasia, I went searching for answers

An accident left him paraplegic at 13, but Bill went on to live a full life until his health began to fail. Dying on his own terms was his final request.

  • by Carolyne Lee
I wasn’t desperate to be married. Then I met someone who changed everything

I wasn’t desperate to be married. Then I met someone who changed everything

I hadn’t felt the need to worry about only being a bridesmaid and seeing my peers married before me. But Gordon was different from any man I had met.

  • by Wendy McCarthy
‘I went speed dating and instead of a partner, I found my best friend’

‘I went speed dating and instead of a partner, I found my best friend’

It’s always possible to find new friends. Three women share the unlikely way they found friendship.

  • by Dilvin Yasa
‘So many babies, none of them mine’: Not having a child when you dearly want one

‘So many babies, none of them mine’: Not having a child when you dearly want one

Dealing with stereotypes on top of the particular kind of grief that comes from wanting a child and not having one leads to a deep internal reckoning.

  • by Sian Prior
A dead brother, a mystery, a family reunion – and the question he longed to ask

A dead brother, a mystery, a family reunion – and the question he longed to ask

For decades, a family death had remained an untouchable mystery. But when one sibling unearths new clues, it raises a question he barely dares to ask.

  • by Paul Dunne