Karen Hogan plastic surgery By…. Dave Poole

Would a face-lift bring back the real me? After losing half her body weight, Karen Hogan was left with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes. Here, she reveals why she decided to go under the knife.

After losing half her body weight, i was left with an unnaturally aged face. Here she reveals why, in order to look herself again, she decided to go under the knife…
Seven years ago, I achieved a major goal in my life: I reduced my body weight by half to 10st. People’s reactions towards me changed immediately – the slights and slurs I had endured for years suddenly stopped.
At my former weight of 21st, I did everything I could to become invisible – rarely venturing out and hiding under drab, shapeless clothes.
Over time, I had practically become a recluse – unable to embrace life while burdened with unnecessary fleshy ballast.

Now size-10 slender, I could finally step out from the shadows. Losing such a significant amount of weight in just a year was drastic and I achieved it the simple (some would say hard) way, by cutting out the things I loved most, namely anything – food or drink – containing sugar. It worked.
As the weight melted away, I harboured great expectations for life after obesity. I was convinced that my dramatically altered appearance would unveil a new, beautiful me. But the rapid weight loss combined with lack of exercise (due to obesity-related osteoarthritis) left me with an unnaturally aged face, complete with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes.

Now size-10 slender, I could finally step out from the shadows. Losing such a significant amount of weight in just a year was drastic and I achieved it the simple (some would say hard) way, by cutting out the things I loved most, namely anything – food or drink – containing sugar. It worked.
As the weight melted away, I harboured great expectations for life after obesity. I was convinced that my dramatically altered appearance would unveil a new, beautiful me. But the rapid weight loss combined with lack of exercise (due to obesity-related osteoarthritis) left me with an unnaturally aged face, complete with sagging skin, deep lines and droopy eyes.

It feels amazing to be freed from my permanent scowl. After 30 years of not leaving the house without being caked in make-up, I dash out now with just a touch of lippie and mascara. I’m delighted at how quick the recovery time has been.
After years of suffering casual abuse from strangers, the reactions I get now are the opposite. People smile at me. A friend I hadn’t seen for a while asked me if I’d taken a lover. She told me I looked ‘glowing’, and her compliments moved me to tears.
Like many people, no doubt, reading this article, I was sceptical about cosmetic surgery. I still can be if it seems unnecessary. But having been, in my eyes, ugly, it is amazing when my sister marvels at the beautiful texture and alabaster tone of my skin. In shops people stop to talk to me randomly with a smile and a joke because I look approachable.
My daughter is treating me to a weekend at a health spa and has paid for me to have a make-up lesson. The other night she hugged me, and whispered, ‘I loved you before the operation, but seeing you so happy afterwards makes me even happier.’ What more could I want?
I now feel ready to grab life by the horns, and travel, first of all to Florence. Many years ago, I studied 15th-century Italian art but lacked the confidence to leave home, let alone travel to a foreign country. Now nothing will stop me. And after Florence, who knows? All I know for sure is that I am going to maintain my healthy weight, enjoy my face and greet the world with a natural smile and joy of life.

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Casualty star Rebekah Gibbs dies, aged 41

Former Casualty actress Rebekah Gibbs has died from cancer.

The 41-year-old played paramedic Nina Farr for more than 100 episodes of the BBC medical drama between 2004 and 2006.

Her agent Belfield and Ward tweeted the news: “Darling Rebekah Gibbs, a true inspiration and dazzling light, never to be forgotten.”

She left Casualty to have a family and was diagnosed with cancer after the birth of her daughter in 2008.

Gibbs was just weeks away from giving birth when she first noticed a lump in her breast.

Doctors were reassuring and said it would be benign.

But just months after having baby Gigi and after pushing for further treatment because she felt something was wrong, the actress was told she had a particularly aggressive cancer.

Speaking to the BBC in 2010 when she had celebrated two years of being cancer free, she said that she didn’t take anything for granted.

“I won’t get cocky though and I take each day as it comes. I am always a little unsure about the future,” she said.

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LET ME SEE MY KILLER SON’S FACE BEFORE I LOSE MY MIND SAYS HEARTBREAK DAD!

By Patrick Hill

The heartbroken Dad of a former British soldier being held in an Iraqi prison for murdering two security colleagues has made an impassioned  plea for his son to be transferred to a UK jail……before he loses his mind due to a crippling mental disease!

Desperate Dad Eric Fitzsimons fears that he may never see his son’s face again before the distraught father loses his mind and his memory to Dementia!

Tagic 65 year old Eric was diagnosed with dementia over 18 months ago, ….sixteen months after his former Paratrooper son Danny was sentenced to 20 years in an Iraqi jail for the murders of two fellow security workers five years ago.

Now, just days after speaking to his captive son by telephone, the tearful former professional footballer and rugby league star spoke for the first time to reveal how his condition has deteriorated so much in recent months that he can no longer recall his son’s face.

“The truth is that I can only remember Danny as a little boy, and I can only see the face of a child.” Explains the visibly frail father, who now fears he will soon lose the ability to recall any of detail of his son’s face before the disease destroys his mind completely. “My condition has got much worse recently and I really do have a problem recalling his face.

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Josie Gibson : “Thugs could have killed my deaf brother Harry”

When Josie Gibson gathered her family and friends to celebrate her birthday, she never expected to be comforting her bloodied and battered brother at the end of the night, after a vicious and unprovoked attack.
After going for a family meal to celebrate turning 29, Josie, her 27-year-old brother Harry and a group of 10 friends carried the party on to a nightclub in Bristol.

Shockingly however, after Harry got separated from the group for a matter of minutes, he was approached by a threatening group of three men, one of whom brutally and repeatedly punched him.

Josie found her brother collapsed on the club stairwell, blood pouring from him face. And the cruel reason behind the vile attack? Because Harry is deaf.

Josie explains: “The night was going brilliantly. I was out for my birthday, my mum and my sisters were there too, then me, Harry and a few others left them and went on to a nightclub.

“We were all dancing on the dance floor, then I went to the toilet and then to get a drink.”

She continues: “There was a wall separating me at the bar from where Harry was. I was talking to this lovely guy and he said, ‘Some blokes over there are being horrible to your brother, they’re calling him deaf and dumb’.

“I ran around the corner and I found Harry draped over the steps with blood everywhere.

“There was so much blood and his head was on the stairs. He could have whacked his head as he landed – they could have killed him.”

Harry, a builder from Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been deaf since he contracted meningitis aged 18 months. He can speak with the use of a hearing aid, but relies heavily on lip reading and sign language.

Harry believes the man who attacked him had asked him for directions but, as it was dark, he was unable to lip read.

“I’m the older sister so I’m protective,” says the former Big Brotherstar, who is fluent in sign language and a keen fundraiser for the charity Meningitis UK.

“That’s why, when I saw him like that I felt I had really let him down. I do feel very guilty and so, so angry.”

Harry is having an operation to fix his nose this month, and Avon and Somerset Police are still trying to find the culprits.

They have released a CCTV image of a suspect and are treating the case as a ‘discrimination’ attack.

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SIMON WESTON AND FAMILIES GO TO WAR FOR MEMORIAL TO REMEMBER THEIR FORGOTTEN DEAD

A CAMPAIGN INITIATED  BY PATRICK HILL  OVER A YEAR AGO HAS NOW  OFFICIALLY BEGUN WITH A FULL-PAGE FEATURE IN TODAY’S DAILY EXPRESS.

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Baroness Oona King reveals the guilt amid the joy of her first Christmas as a biological mother

Word By Richard Barber : Pictures By Alan Olley

I longed for my own baby but my adopted children felt I had betrayed them: Baroness Oona King reveals the guilt amid the joy of her first Christmas as a biological mother

While the arrival of a new baby is a joyous occasion for its parents, it is often deeply unsettling for older siblings. And surely never more so than when the older children in question are adopted, and the new baby is a much-longed-for biological child.

This is the position in which Oona King’s three adopted children found themselves in October, when she had her first natural baby, Tullio. At the time, the 46-year-old Baroness King of Bow, as she’s known in the House of Lords, told the Mail of the excitement she felt at having her first biological child.

She also revealed that she had spent more than £70,000 on six failed IVF attempts after a miscarriage and years of vain attempts to conceive, before adopting three children — a son, eight-year-old Elia, and daughters Kaia, six, and Ariel, two. Even after adopting those beautiful children, Oona dreamed of having her own baby.

The former MP had frozen a clutch of her fertilised eggs years before adopting. When the hospital staff told her they would soon have to destroy the embryos, she was left to make a monumental decision.

And so she and her husband Tiberio resorted to a surrogate. Tullio was created from Oona’s egg and Tiberio’s sperm, but carried by 24-year-old Zarayna Lee. This Christmas was spent as Oona had long dreamed it would be, with her newly-expanded family all around her.

As well as the children, she and Tiberio also celebrated it with his parents and family, plus Oona’s mother and her brother. ‘There were 18 of us: ten adults and eight children,’ she says.

But while there’s much festivity in the King household, Oona confesses to being strict when it comes to Christmas presents for her children.

‘Last year, they were each given £7 and taken to Poundland, where they bought seven presents,’ she says.

And this year? ‘Elia got a Kindle. He’s a voracious reader. Ariel had a Play-Doh sculpture set. And Kaia got a miniature drum set. We must be mad. As though this house weren’t noisy enough already.’

What about Tullio? Was he spoilt?

‘No, Tullio didn’t get anything. His present was being born.’

‘Yes, Christmas felt different, but not because Tullio is our biological child. It was because he’s a newborn baby. And the next two years are going to be really hard. Four children equals four times as much aggro as one child. But it’s also four times as much joy.’

This conflict of emotion is expressed again and again when Oona discusses her family life. While husband and wife were delighted to be blessed with a biological child, she confesses today that the new baby’s arrival has thrown their family into turmoil.

It seems her adopted children — some of whom still bear the scars of their traumatic starts in life — feel that they may have been superseded by their new brother.

‘There was one incident that was like a dagger in my heart,’ says Oona. ‘I’d always had a beautiful picture of Elia and Kaia on my mobile phone’s screensaver. Then everyone was asking me about Tullio, so I decided to use a photo of him instead.

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