So What The **** Is Normal, Francesca?

A lot of people say stand up is hard, but I love talking, I get paid to talk, and there are no early mornings!

– Comedienne Francesca on why exactly she loves her job!

In her book What The **** Is Normal?, stand-up comedienne Francesca Martinez reveals how she defied expectations after her parents were told that she would never lead a normal life, following her diagnosis with cerebral palsy at the age of two.

After a tough time at high school, Francesca says she felt 'saved' when she won a part in Grange Hill aged 14. Now, as an adult with a successful television career, she wants her disability to be accepted rather than discriminated against.

What the **** is Normal by Francesca Martinez is out now.

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I realised no one is normal. We all have things we can't do, and I am no different.

– What The **** Is Normal? Francesca clears things up...

We meet the man behind Zumba!

Lorraine loves a bit of Zumba to keep herself in shape and today we visit her weekly class and talk to the man who came up with the idea back in 1999.

Now a worldwide phenomenon, Beto Perez retraces his story, explains its success and takes a class on the Wharf!

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Michelle goes ahead with hysterectomy

Everyone who's been in touch, it’s helping me through it

– Michelle Heaton

Michelle Heaton is bravely going ahead with a hysterectomy in a bid to prevent ovarian cancer. The Big Reunion star underwent a double mastectomy after discovering she has an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer due to a mutated BRCA2 gene.

The same gene increases her chance of ovarian cancer and she says she doesn't want to risk her children growing up without a mother. She joins Lorraine live on the sofa for an exclusive TV interview.

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Dr Hilary teaches us how to check our breasts

During last year's Bin Your Bra campaign we asked the nation to donate their old bras to raise money for vital research into breast cancer.

With a staggering 94 per cent of women not able to name the five common signs and symptoms of breast cancer, Dr Hilary Jones did a live breast examination on our model in the studio, to show women how they can check their breasts correctly.

Against Breast Cancer research focuses on identification of factors which influence the ability of breast cancer to spread to secondary organs – the development of metastases.

Uniquely the projects undertaken address three interlinked areas which may influence the patient outcome: Diet and lifestyle, molecules of the immune system and cancer cell biology. They are developing a test for recurrent breast cancer. More information can be found here.

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