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Pick Me Up! Special

Pick Me Up! Special February 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Pick Me Up! Special Series is your monthly feast of the best real-life stories from Pick Me Up! The series comprises of nine ‘Seasonals' and four ‘Best Ofs', featuring the best of Pick Me Up! Each bumper issue is crammed with a variety pack of true stories, your favourite features, money-saving tips, laughs, health ideas, great looks, budget beauty, food ideas to put a smile on your face and 12 puzzles. A fun package to keep you truly entertained!

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
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TI-Media
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
february special

February is the month of love, but if you find yourself single, don’t worry! Why not pamper yourself instead and spend the day with your favourite girlfriends? We’re sure you’ll love our handy guide to throwing a ‘Galentine’s Day’ party for you and your favourites (pg12). Speaking of doing good deeds, we’ve been so inspired this month by Katy (pg10). After being diagnosed with leukaemia as a toddler, she spent most of her childhood in hospital. Today, she’s spending her time giving back to those who helped her through such a difficult time in her life – she’s even made a career out of it! We’re sure her parents must be so proud of her. Many things can bring out the best in us, but it’s often animals that do the trick.…

1 min.
your pick me ups

Day at the races My boyfriend and I went for a day at the races and we won! It wasn't much at all but it paid for a drink, so we came home happy. Hannah, Essex How funny! Is your name WiFi? Because I’m feeling a connection. Twins Here's me and my nan Christine! Everyone says we look identical. Hollie, Bristol How funny! Did it hurt? When you got shot by cupid’s arrow. Brunch date My girlfriend and I always celebrate valentines with a date day. Why not eat out for three meals? Rachael, Rochester What do farmers give their wives on Valentine’s? Hogs and kisses Going on an adventure Whenever my best friend and I go on a girls' trip, we love to explore without a map! You end up seeing so much more of the city. Maddie, Bolton Best friends Buddy looks like he’s posing for this pic!…

6 min.
taken

Waking up in a sheen of sweat, I desperately tried to catch my breath. Looking around my bedroom, it was pitch black, and I was terrified. Swinging my legs out of bed, I crept across the bedroom where Mum and her partner Andy Wilson, then 23, were asleep. ‘I’ve had a bad dream,’ I whispered into the darkness. Andy stirred first, peering at me standing by the door. ‘Get in,’ he smiled, quietly lifting up the duvet. ‘There’s nothing to worry about.’ It was summer 1996 – and, at five years old, I still liked the comfort of my mum when I had a nightmare. She had a way of cuddling me back to sleep within minutes. This time, though, Mum hadn’t stirred, so I’d climbed in next to my stepdad instead. Clambering in between the two of them,…

6 min.
my secret

Calling out from the top of the stairs, I wanted my mum to come and check on something. ‘My head feels weird,’ I shouted down to her. ‘What is it darling? Oh I see…’ she said coming to inspect the back of my scalp and noticing that chunks of my hair had fallen out. I was only eight and to discover clumps of hair missing was really distressing for me. My mum, Glenda, 54, took me to our local GP, in Long Melford, Suffolk, and I was quickly diagnosed with alopecia areata multilocularis – an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the hair follicles. ‘Your hair may grow back but it will always fall out again, I’m sorry,’ the doctor explained. I broke down in tears, desperately sad that I’d never again have a full head…

2 min.
woman's best friend

Walking around Borneo on my one-month trip to climb Mount Kinabalu, I was shocked by the amount of helpless stray dogs. Everywhere I turned there were malnourished, disabled dogs – desperately in need of some TLC. I soon realised I needed to help and extended my trip by a further two months. I fostered three beautiful dogs – Miracle, Star and Tess – who are all now five. I very quickly fell in love with them, and brought them back to the UK with me. As soon as I got back, I decided to start my own animal charity – Miracles Mission. I knew it wasn't going to be easy and I was going to need funds, so I set up a vegan festival in Leeds. The event made 16k and was enough to set the charity…

2 min.
giving back

Spending most of my childhood in and out of hospital, I knew very early on what I wanted to do with my life. ‘I’m going to be a nurse when I’m older,’ I grinned to my mum. That was towards the end of my treatment, because in December 2000, I was diagnosed with leukemia – I was only two-and-a-half. I smiled no matter what Afternoons spent wandering around Colchester Hospital were just a part of my routine. But it was OK, everyone was super kind and I didn’t really understand what was happening. I was just deemed ‘Smiley Kate,’ as according to my mum, Tracy and my dad, Paul, I never let anything get to me. Even when my hair fell out, I remained positive. I was just glad that I was now bald like my two older…