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‘I’m surfing the net for a sperm donor!’

‘I’m surfing the net for a sperm donor!’

Sitting at her computer in her beautiful Auckland home, Kim Bennett took a deep breath, typed the words onto the screen and pressed the enter key. A split second later, her heartfelt plea appeared on the Tradeoe website message board. “I need a sperm donor who would be willing to father a baby,” it said. […]
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‘My tumour was the size of triplets’

The shock was obvious on Anne Warren’s grandson’s little face as he stared at her swollen stomach. “Gosh, Granny, your tummy is really big!” he said, his eyes wide with horror. The seven-year-old’s innocent words really hit home for Anne (60), of Westport. over the last few years, she had noticed that her stomach had […]
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Half the size but twice the love

It was the biggest day of my life when my husband Joe and I were married. As we exchanged our wedding vows, I felt like my heart would burst with pride. He told me how beautiful I looked in my specially made gown. Everything was perfect, a real fairytale wedding. Which is how some people […]
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‘Stomach stapling made us mates … and mums!’

‘Stomach stapling made us mates … and mums!’

Having a gastric bypass wasn’t a decision the pair – former workmates who became friends after discovering they were both planning on having the operation – made lightly. Both had struggled with their weight since childhood and piled on even more kilos after having babies. But despite trying every diet going, they just couldn’t slim […]
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We lost 114kg and got our lives back

We lost 114kg and got our lives back

Trisha Webb (39) Event organiser, AucklandBefore: 122kgAfter: 72kg Lost: 50kg in 50 weeks one of the most interesting comments I’ve had since I lost 50kg came from a friend who said to me, ‘You’re not formidable any more’. When I was overweight, I wasn’t a nice person to be around. I despised myself and was […]
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I found love in cyber space and lost 195kg

I found love in cyber space and lost 195kg

Bloated and suicidal, British mum Sharon Rook turned to face the camera but couldn’t smile. At 300kg, she was wheelchair-bound and trapped in a loveless relationship with the father of her four children. Amazingly, this photo is one she now treasures. Although it marks the lowest point of her life, it led to her finding […]
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Botched op: ‘My breasts rotted away’

Botched op: ‘My breasts rotted away’

I opened my eyes and looked at my alarm clock. It was 4am and I was in agony. I could feel that my sheets were damp so I reached over and switched on my lamp. As soon as my eyes adjusted to the light I screamed. oy sheets were wet from blood that had leaked […]
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I had a face-lift to nab a toyboy

I had a face-lift to nab a toyboy

oy nine-year-old son Josh couldn’t keep his feet still as we waited in line at his favourite burger bar. “Chicken nuggets, please,” he politely asked the girl behind the counter. She smiled and said, “And what would your Nana like?” I cringed when I heard the words. At 49, I wasn’t exactly a young mum […]
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Is your hubby a love rat?

Is your hubby a love rat?

Claire’s* husband makes a quick stop at the lingerie shop and pays cash for some very expensive lacy underwear in a size 10. Later, he hands the gift over and leans in for a passionate kiss. Except the lips he’s kissing don’t belong to his wife and the tiny size-10 gift would never fit over […]
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I sleep with my son’s angel

I sleep with my son’s angel

Logan ouir died of a brain tumour, but his mum Aimee (38) believes he still cuddles her each night. I pressed my little boy Logan’s pyjama top to my face, breathing in his smell, and for the first time since he died, I knew for sure that he wasn’t gone. Just like he did when […]
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