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Carol McGiffin back on Loose Women: 'A lot has happened. I had breast cancer, a facelift and am still with Mark!'

CAROL MCGIFFIN RETURNS TO LOOSE WOMEN!

After five years away from the show, Carol came back toLoose Women as a guest panellist. And we were eager to find out what she's been up to - and why now is the right time to return!

On being back on Loose Women
'I seriously can’t believe it. It feels really odd. It took a lot of getting here actually. Five years ago last week since I did my last show. A hell of a lot has happened as you may have read. I did Celebrity Big Brother, didn’t win thank god, did alright. Then I got sick, I had breast cancer, I lost my hair and I lost a boob, then I was really ill for about two years getting over it. I sold my flat in London and I bought a house in France, I spend a lot of time in France and then I had a [covers mouth] facelift and then I came back to Loose Women.'

'It’s a lot of things that it’s the right thing to do now. Like I said, I was feeling ill. I wasn’t actually feeling like there was a lot of point in doing a lot of stuff. When you have cancer, and a lot of people have, and you recover, you have to wait five years before they give you the all clear but even then, there’s no guarantees.

'In my head for about two years I kept thinking, ‘It’s going to come back tomorrow so what’s the point? I might as well not work so then I can just have a good time.’ I just couldn’t plan doing anything. I was convinced, it was at the front of my mind, that it was going to come back and that was going to be that. It hasn’t come back so I’ve had to go back to work, which is a really good thing actually. I’m really pleased to be here. I’m really nervous which is odd because I did over a 1000 shows.'

On her recent facelift
'I only had it three weeks ago. So if you’re looking at me thinking I look a bit strange, or a bit younger than I did last week, I probably do.'

Janet Street-Porter: 'I'm taking time off to have a knee operation - I am nervous actually!'

Janet Street-Porter is having a knee operation

JANET STREET-PORTER TAKES TIME OFF FOR A KNEE OPERATION

Janet revealed she's taking at least two weeks off from the show as she's having a knee operation.

'I’ve got to say these words and I’m not very happy about it - I’ve got to have a knee replacement; my left knee is completely and utterly worn out,' Janet explained. 'It’s largely worn out because I’ve spent my entire life walking, playing tennis, keeping fit, doing all those things.'

Janet has been ignoring the advice of doctors to have the operation and putting it off.
'I had those operations where they hoover out all the gravel that’s in your joints, arthroscopy, I had that a couple of times,' she said. 'A year ago I was supposed to have this operation but I like doing this show and I didn’t want to take time off. I’ve only ever had a serious operation once which was when I broke my leg climbing in the Highlands. Actually, I drove myself to hospital.'

'I am nervous actually. When I broke my ankle I was just carrying on with life as normal. Now I know I’ve got to take two weeks off to rehabilitate my knee. So if anyone watching can reassure me and tell me that I will be playing tennis again, please write and tell me. I absolutely, never mind Wimbledon, I live on the tennis court. I love swimming, I love walking…'

Our Stacey Solomon said: 'I’m going to miss you so much. I’m actually gutted you’re going' with Janet replying, 'Don’t come and visit me, don’t upstage me, I want to be queen of my zone.'

Asked if she was put off because of her nerves Janet said: 'Not a lot of things make me nervous. I think that anyone watching that’s got that knee pain that keeps you up all night... I’ve been awake every two hours for the last six months.'

Janet Street-Porter loved her Poldark cushion

POLL: Following today's debate on the show, do you think mums convicted of non-violent crimes should avoid prison?

Every year an estimated 17,000 children experience their mum being sent to prison. Last year, 83% of women sentenced to prison had committed a non-violent crime and 62% were serving a sentence of six months or less.

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) reveals that a mother’s imprisonment not only damages the child’s relationship with her, but can affect every area of their lives, including their housing, education, health and well-being.

Advice for families with mums in prison can be found HERE.

Advice for families with mums in prison

ADVICE FOR FAMILIES WITH MUMS IN PRISON IN ENGLAND AND WALES

Every year an estimated 17,000 children experience their mum being sent to prison. Last year, 83% of women sentenced to prison had committed a non-violent crime and 62% were serving a sentence of six months or less.

A new report by the Prison Reform Trust (PRT) reveals that a mother’s imprisonment not only damages the child’s relationship with her, but can affect every area of their lives, including their housing, education, health and well-being.

Only one in 20 children whose mother is sent to prison each year is able to stay in the family home. They may be placed with a number of different carers during their mother's sentence. Many children face financial hardship and encounter significant disruption to their lives such as moving school and being separated from brothers and sisters.

There are no corresponding statistics for NI and Scotland but the Prison Reform Trust estimate that 65% of women in prison in Scotland are mothers.

Helplines

www.birthcompanions.org.uk
Birth Companions supports women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting including mothers who give birth in prison

www.mytimeltd.org.uk
Support for prisoners’ children

www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk
The prison reform trust believes prison should be reserved for those whose offending is so serious that they cannot serve their sentence in the community

Thalidomide survivor Mandy Masters on life without arms: 'Doctors said I wouldn't do anything. I proved them all wrong'

MANDY MASTERS ON LIVING AS A THALIDOMIDE SURVIVOR

Born with no arms after her mother was given thalidomide while pregnant, Mandy Masters became an iconic symbol of the scandal.

'When I was born they took me away from my mum and phoned my dad. They told him there were some deformities but my mum didn't have a clue what was going on,' Mandy said. 'They loved me from day one. They had four other children and they wanted to take me home.'

'Growing up I wanted to be normal, I wanted to do everything myself,' Mandy said. 'From the age of 12 I was always into make-up and hair. I even did shorthand and joked it should be short foot!'

'The doctors said I wouldn't do anything, I wouldn't like to 19 and I wouldn't get married and have children. I've been happily married for 28 years.'

Mandy, who has been a make-up artist and hairdresser, went on to defy doctors and told us how her parents taught her to be self-sufficient and she went on to have two children of her own.

'People don't realise your feet can do this but mine can,' she said. 'But will my legs at 70 be able to do that?'

Watch the video to see the inspirational chat with Mandy and how she uses her feet to help her live life to the full!

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

Body dysmorphic disorder helplines

NHS Choices

BDD: nhs.uk

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: nhs.uk

Comprehensive advice and information on BDD and OCD from NHS Choices with links to external sites.

MIND – Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mindinfoline: 0300 123 3393

mind.org.uk

Help and information about BDD

The Body Dysmorphic Foundation

bddfoundation.org

Our charity is dedicated to the relief of suffering from BDD. It aims to advance education and understanding of BDD. It supports research into BDD and its treatments. Whilst we are based in the UK, our reach is international and we are proud to be the only charity for BDD in the world. You’re not alone. BDD is a recognised clinical condition, and it is treatable. This website may help you find the answers to your questions.

BODY Charity

bodycharity.co.uk

BODY is a national charitable organisation that actively celebrates individuality and strives to cure those with Body disorders. We believe in 'Being One Distinguished You' because we are ALL unique and we are ALL beautiful. On this website, you'll find everything you need to know about our FREE therapy and how we help people directly. This includes: Support groups for loved ones and carers. Self help classes. One on one therapy. Creative expressive therapy workshops and our BODY Buddy national befriending system.

OCD UK

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OCD-UK works independently working with and for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, their objective is to make a positive and meaningful difference in the everyday lives of people affected by OCD by providing accessible and effective support services and by campaigning for improved access and quality treatment and care.

Anxiety UK

Helpline: 08444 775 774

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About Anxiety: anxietyuk.org.uk

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