Health

'Watching Lorraine saved my life' - Deborah James inspired viewer to visit GP with anal cancer symptoms

After watching cancer campaigner - and self-proclaimed 'bowel babe' - Deborah James on Lorraine back in April, mother-of-four Tracey O’Keefe realised she had been suffering from similar symptoms for weeks. She went to her GP and was eventually diagnosed with anal cancer.

They joined Dr Hilary on the sofa to discuss the difference that getting an early bowel or anal cancer diagnosis can make, as well as breaking taboos and refusing to feel embarrassed about our bodies.

You Know Breast: Juggling motherhood and chemotherapy

Seven months ago, Lorraine producer Helen Addis was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she’s started her own blog The Titty Gritty to document her journey, and to raise awareness of her condition.

As part of her treatment plan, Helen needs 16 chemotherapy sessions in total, and will complete all of them before Christmas this year.

She opened the door to the Lorraine team for one chemotherapy session, and gave us an insight into the physical, emotional and mental toll it can take. She also reveals how she juggles being a mother to three kids while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy.

She points out: "The word 'mother' is in the word 'chemotherapy', and I can't wait until the letters either side of that fall away and I can go back to being a fit and healthy mother again."

Do #YouKnowBreast? Watch Dr Hilary's step-by-step guide to the two minute breast examination that could save your life.

Gabby and Kenny Logan on overcoming the stigma of dyslexia

In a rare joint interview, Gabby and Kenny Logan joined Lorraine to reveal how they faced the retired rugby player's severe dyslexia. Kenny kept his diagnosis a secret for many years, and only admitted he couldn’t read when his wife confronted him about it during the early stages of their relationship. Despite his fears that Gabby would end the relationship, the presenter described him as 'brave'.

With an estimated one in ten people having some form of dyslexia, the couple are keen to ensure no other child experiences what Kenny did by encouraging them to talk about the condition.