Internet highlights – w/c 27th September 2020

3 10 2020

A very special Homes Under The Hammer crossword.
Moments when people realised they were old.
Why Africa hasn’t had the COVID19 disaster we expected.
Things that suck about being a grown up.

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Thought or the day

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Most will have seen the heartbreaking news of Chrissy Teigen & John Legend and the death of their baby, Jack. To answer some questions that people seem to feel the need to ask: Why would you take a photo in those moments? Because that is all there is. Memories, captured. The one thing I knew that was staying in my hospital bag was my camera. Because, despite death, I was taking photos of my baby, of their moment, of our love, of our family. Because taking photos is what I do. It’s how I record, it’s how I remember. There are many too raw to look at longer than a scroll, but I have them. I have them, when I don’t have him. And that means something. Many aren’t afforded that privilege – for many reasons. We photograph everything these days. So of course we photograph this. Why on earth would you be sharing that right now? Whilst we waited a week to share on social media the death of Leo, I was eager to do it. I refused to accept that people in the world were allowed the luxury of thinking of Leo alive, if I, his mother wasn’t able to anymore. If he was dead for me, he had to be dead for everyone. It also gave us the chance to control the narrative, to use the language that we felt suitable at that time, to control when the news broke. I think this is fair for us all – especially those with a bigger (global) circle. And also – we share. It’s the modern world. To share. Doing so helps the sharer and helps the reader. It raises awareness, it releases pain, it makes others feel less alone. It is too much to hold. You need to give some of it away. Your baby may have died, but you still have pride for them. Pro-life versus pro-choice You can sit wherever you feel you need to on this spectrum of political and human debate (I know where I sit very much pro-choice). Wherever you are – you are still able to grieve the death of your child. Being pro-choice doesn’t invalidate the pain, the grief or the loss. Don’t use the death of a baby to politically point score on a debate – especially one that is SO concerningly influential in our global progress right now. Let’s aim for one thing right now? Compassion. For all. #babyloss #pailmonth #blaw #babylossawarenessweek

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Breast cancer affects every ethnicity and every gender yet sadly we see reduced uptake of screening and delayed presenting amongst those from BAME backgrounds. Men also continue to generally believe that breast cancer only affects women. This needs to change. We need to collectively raise awareness because breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and can affect any one of us. We need to encourage each other to self-check, to seek help if worried and normalise chat around being more breast aware, especially in south asian communities. The key is to pick up changes as early as possible which is why I advise you to make checking your breasts/pecs a habit that can soon become second nature. Set an alarm and examine yourself on the 1st of every month. Do it in the shower, in front of a mirror, lying in bed – wherever you feel most comfortable. Also try do this at the same time every month and very quickly you’ll become familiar with what is “normal” for you. We are all different so getting to know your natural shape, size, familiar bumps is important so that if or when something changes, you pick it up straight away. Avoid checking on or around your period. 7 days after your last period is usually a good time as hormones make our boobs feel generally lumpy. Breastfeeding can also cause some changes but still keep checking! As well as the breast itself (or pecs for men), remember to feel behind the nipple, all the way across the chest wall into the armpit and collarbone too. If you feel any new lump, any unusual persistent pain, change in size or shape of breast, skin rashes, dimpling – anything that’s different – pick up the phone and call your GP. The earlier it’s picked up, the better the chances of recovery. Most lumps are normal but let us doctors tell you that, please do not ignore it. As an Indian woman, a special note to my South Asian community. Breast cancer affects us too. We must champion each other, speak to our elders and normalise chat around breasts, about examining them and not feeling ashamed or embarrassed about seeking help. Make the change and create this habit today – examine yourself breasts/pecs #feelonthefirst #breastselfexam

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LOL @laurenfrench @theblackwizards

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