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Chat 15-Apr-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Chat is the most outrageous, inspiring, emotional real life title around. Packed with astonishing true stories, big prize puzzles and loads more, it's your unmissable women's weekly. Whether it's tear-jerking tales of triumph over tragedy, the most heart-warming pictures or the best of bonkers Britain, all human life is here. Beyond the rollercoaster ride of true stories, Chat is also jam-packed full of your favourite puzzles with big cash prizes, the canniest bargain shopping features, health advice you can trust, readers' tips, the latest telly news and loads more.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
50 Issues

in this issue

4 min
we’ve got our hands full!

Virginia Johnson, 38 With a sorrowful shake of the doctor’s head, I felt my dreams fade. ‘It’s not good news,’ he said to me and my husband Victor. It was October 2013 and a scan had revealed that I’d suffered a dangerous ectopic pregnancy, meaning the embryo was growing outside my womb. A termination was the only way to spare my life. Victor, then 41, and I had both had our hearts set on parenthood since we met in 2003. ‘I want as many as five,’ I joked back then. He chuckled, said no way. Plus I’d had my right fallopian tube removed as a teenager, due to polycystic ovary syndrome, making it difficult for me to conceive. It’d taken years of disappointment before a test finally turned out positive. And now our joy was being cruelly snatched away. Then, during…

3 min
dollies for all

Clare Tawell, 39, Lidlington, Bedfordshire Clutching my husband Miles’ hand, I listened to the doctor. ‘Your daughter has severe hearing loss. She’ll need hearing aids,’ he said, then measured up 3-week-old Matilda’s ears. After, I burst into tears. ‘This isn’t fair,’ I sobbed. ‘We’ll figure it out,’ Miles, then 35, promised. Born by caesarean in February 2016, Matilda had failed her initial hearing test. Medics hoped it was just fluid build-up. But at the Audiology unit, we discovered it was permanent, irreversible, caused by a genetic mutation Miles and I both carried. For the next few weeks, I cried every day, worried for Matilda’s future. Will she get bullied? Ever get a job? At 6 weeks, Matilda had pink glittery hearing aids fitted. But while I was ecstatic Matilda could hear much better, my heart broke seeing the huge plastic moulds on…

3 min
ask dr martin

Does blood in my semen mean I have cancer? Q When I ejaculated recently I saw blood in my semen. I’m terrified it might be cancer. Glen, Stockton-on-Tees A Blood in your semen – haematospermia – is alarming to see but it’s common and usually harmless. Often there’s no obvious cause and most likely a tiny blood vessel has burst or leaked. There’s no reason it should happen again, and it’s no more significant than a nosebleed. But you should see your GP to rule out causes such as cysts or infection in the glands that produce semen, a sexually transmitted infection or a problem with your blood’s ability to clot. Recent surgery to that area or very high blood pressure are other possibilities, but cancer is much less likely. If you’re over 40, the…

3 min
getting leggy with it!

Easily reaching up, Ren, 29, grabs some food packets from the very top of the kitchen cupboard. ‘Mum can’t reach there,’ she grins. ‘But it’s not a problem for me.’ Handing her mum, Kelly, the food, it’s clear, at 6ft 9in, Ren towers over her. But it’s her seemingly endless legs that have everyone talking. Ren’s pins measure an amazing 134cm – almost the height of a 4ft 4in person. In fact, Ren, whose full name is Rentsenkhorloo, believes she has the longest legs in the world, but has no interest in entering the Guinness Book of World Records. For her, it’s all about celebrating her long limbs. Ren, originally from Mongolia, says, ‘When I was little, I felt so bad because of my height. ‘Some people made me feel uncomfortable. ‘But nowadays, I’m really comfortable with my body,…

2 min
your stars

Aries 21 March-20 April You want to catch up on some home decorating and DIY. Consult your partner before you choose the wrong colours for the bedroom, though. ● Call 0905 817 0690* for more Taurus 21 April-21 May Thinking about returning to work and making it safe for social distancing will take a weight off your mind. It’s good to feel secure, so plan the things you enjoy. ● Call 0905 817 0691* for more Gemini 22 May-21 June You’re looking at new IT equipment. Do your research and, if possible, ask someone in person or online to help you with the fine-tuning and set-up. ● Call 0905 817 0692* for more Cancer 22 June-23 July If your relationship isn’t working the way you’d imagined, it may be time for a deep conversation. Your partner will be feeling exactly the same way. ● Call…

2 min
isle of wight

Travel ideas for when things get back to normal 1 A picturesque pit stop Your Isle of Wight adventure begins the moment you drive on to the Wightlink Ferry. The island may be tiny – just 25 miles by 13 – but it’s full of things to do. The historic harbour town of Yarmouth is more than just a gateway to the island. Its streets are lined with some of the country’s oldest architecture, including a 16th-century castle and Grade II listed pier. If you’re peckish, try Off The Rails, a quirky cafe in the old train station, with its walls adorned with railway memorabilia. 2 Drive the south coast Thankfully, the isle has resisted becoming too commercialised and has protected its natural landscapes, affording visitors plenty of open countryside to savour. Make sure…