Belfast edition March 2019

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Letter from the Editor


Kim Kelly
Managing Editor

It’s easy to get swept up in our everyday problems and wish that our lives were somewhat different...somewhat better.

Try as I might sometimes it’s hard to be mindful and live in the present, enjoying each day as it comes. Perhaps that’s why it was so lovely to read two stories this month that feature women who are doing just that.

Our writer Gail Bell met the incredible Phoebe Lyle from Bangor who has just celebrated her 21st birthday and will soon ‘celebrate’ the day 18 years ago when she was left paralysed from a tragic accident.

Instead of living in the past and thinking ‘what if?’ the Lyle family are committed to living life to the full and, instead of spending the anniversary of that fateful day feeling sad, Phoebe and her family celebrate it as the day she survived.

Every day Phoebe overcomes adversity but yet keeps pushing forward. Such wonderful positivity is nothing short of inspirational.

And then there’s East Belfast mum Emily Stanton who, when she was battling with breast cancer, decided to run the marathon – even jogging the eight miles to hospital to her radiotherapy sessions as part of her training.

Emily says her diagnosis has made her more appreciative of her family and her health and she is keen to raise awareness and raise funds for Cancer Focus NI.

I love that we have so many amazing local women in our communities who we can look to for inspiration.

Also in this month’s magazine, alongside our usual mix of local social events and fashion, it’s the last chance for you to enter the Firmus Energy/Local Women Awards.

We want as many of you as possible to enter these awards and get the recognition you deserve. This year everyone’s favourite local woman May McFettridge will host our gala event on April 13 at the Europa Hotel – so get entering!

Until next month,

Kim Kelly, Editor

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