Eight Common Ailments We Develop as We Age

Bette Davis said it well: “Getting old is not for sissies.” No matter who we are — man, woman, rich or poor — we all grow old. But the pace and precise way it happens varies from person to person, depending on genetic and environmental factors. While...

A bloke called Ryan talking total Bollocks…

Recently CALM went to the first ever National Conference for Men & Boys. There we met a bloke called Ryan – this is his story: “The first time I noticed something was wrong was after I watched Channel 4′s Embarrassing Bodies programme which was about testicular...

Heart Attacks & Hospitals by Walter Michka

  When my eyes blinked open after my quadruple bypass, I was in the Intensive Care Unit. I couldn’t move. A plastic tube blocked my view; it went into my mouth and down my throat. Tubes stretched across my forehead, too, taped in place. They ended in a vein in my...

How to be a Health Advocate

When you or someone you care for is seriously ill , there are many down to earth ways which can make all the difference in creating the essential mix of hope and healing. For the patient/health advocate team on the journey of a major sickness together, always think of...

Practical Checklist for the Serious Illness Journey

Here are a number of check-lists for the journey to help you think about, plan and prepare for all the different aspects of having a serious illness: Consultations and Appointments: Ask the Questions you want Answered Write down a short list of the most important...

Serious Illness – Managing Change

Waterfall Visualisation Exercise This is an exercise to help you find your personal meaning in the experience and to regain control of your life. It is also a way of helping you take stock and make the big choices in your life. You need to feel it is the right time to...