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  • One word helped me to act upon my cyst
    One word helped me to act upon my cyst

      What do you do when the one thing you dread the most comes back to haunt you? “You conjure up all the anger you feel inside to fight back!” says Tania Rei, who found herself in this situation over a year ago when she was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. In most cases, a…

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  • I discovered one positive word that transformed my life
    I discovered one positive word that transformed my life

      Emptiness, unhappiness and a lack of direction were feelings that Anastacia was familiar with. Working very long hours meant that she had little time for her family and herself. I was in debt and physically unwell, suffering from panic attacks, allergies and food intolerance. You name it, I had it. I had also become…

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  • A determined attitude brought by one word
    A determined attitude brought by one word

      I had a lot of anger problems and grudges towards my dad due to the lack of attention I received at home, so I started seeking attention from boys instead. I started to dress a certain way to get the attention that I wanted, but as nothing would fill the emptiness I had inside,…

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  • All it took was one word to turn my health around
    All it took was one word to turn my health around

      I went from being perfectly healthy to having my life dangerously at risk. After the pain and burning sensation, a visit to the hospital confirmed it—the tissue on my left side stomach was rotten. I required an eight-and-a-half-hour operation to remove it and only had 50 percent chance of survival. If I did survive,…

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  • One word changed my life for the better
    One word changed my life for the better

      From the age of 10, I witnessed many arguments between my step mum and my dad. I always thought it was my fault because I was not my step mum’s biological child. Things began to change as I got older. I started to feel as though I didn’t belong in my family. At the…

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  • I realised, through one word, that my life was not a joke
    I realised, through one word, that my life was not a joke

      At a very young age, I allowed myself to be influenced by friends around me. From the age of 13, I began to get involved with gangs, drugs, violence, girls and illegal activities. I would hide drugs and weapons at home under my bed. I was heavily involved with theft; it did not matter…

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  • My life has meaning now because of one word
    My life has meaning now because of one word

      I grew up with my uncle, auntie and grandmother because my parents had to travel whilst I was very young. The fact that they were far away made me very anxious and rebellious. Over the years, I withdrew from people and would not speak to anyone. I was always sad. I couldn’t sleep at…

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  • A protection like no other
    A protection like no other

      My family has always been very dear to me. We don’t see each other because we live in different countries, but we are always in contact. I come from a family with three brothers, and I am the only girl out of the bunch. I always do my best to keep in contact with…

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  • I never knew that one word could transform my life
    I never knew that one word could transform my life

      I was empty and had many negative thoughts. I could not sleep at night, I was afraid of going to sleep or being alone, and I felt strange presences around me. I felt like a failure; I had no goals for my life and would prefer to have never existed. I also had many…

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  • I learnt to take risks through one word
    I learnt to take risks through one word

      Depressed and without any life prospects — that was the best way to describe who I was. I was going through so much financial struggle that I barely made ends meet. It did not help that my husband and I had a problem that created one big mess. However, one word that I heard…

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