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You know what they say? A problem shared in a problem halved - so not much wonder our resident agony aunt Gemma Garrett is inundated with so many letters and emails each month. Gemma’s practical advice is pretty direct!
And, here at Local Women as we read through some of her dilemmas we often look at each other and say - “that’s so you isn’t it?!”
It seems that no matter your circumstances, we all share the same problems with relationships and family - and sometimes we just need a few stern words to set us back on track.
However, we did have a minor panic this month when we thought Gemma wouldn’t be around to help us with our problems as she was rumoured to be going into the Celebrity Big Brother house.
So, is Gemma heading to London to mingle with the celebs? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!
It’s funny though, we all have problems with boyfriends, relationships etc - but then something happens that really puts things into perspective.
This month Mandi Millar met Tara Millar from Newtownabbey, who discovered she had cervical cancer in her 20s.
Her now husband had just proposed to her when she found out that she was facing a life and death decision - whether or not to take part in a drugs trial.
Tara refused to lie down to her cancer and fought back with dignity and strength - all the while with her ﬁance Ryan at her side. Her story is very inspirational.
Another inspirational lady who we are featuring this month is Norma Sparkes from Hillsborough. Lovely Norma did a parachute jump to celebrate her 70th birthday in memory of the late son Stephen. She’s quite a lady with a wonderful story to tell.
Also this month we have lots of your gorgeous weddings - keep sending them in - it’s free to be featured and we love seeing all you stunning brides!
Until next month
This month's highlights
Till death do us part… the marriage vows had an especially poignant resonance for Newtownabbey woman Tara Millar who feared she may never have the chance to take them after being diagnosed with cervical cancer just months after her engagement.
Out & About
The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returned to the city recently for a weekend of family fun, food and frolics.