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Chat Specials APRIL SPECIAL 2019

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Sometimes life can test our limits and it can feel really unfair, but the human spirit is an incredible thing. Karlla (pg10) and her daughter felt beyond lucky to survive the Manchester terror attack, but now she’s fighting cancer and she still won’t let it break her. Sarah (pg14) has spent years believing she could lose her son Ted at any moment, and was even told to say goodbye, but they’ve both been rewarded with amazing news. We’re supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month with the moving story of Sarah and her mum Sally (pg18). Sarah beat the disease years ago with her mum’s support, but never thought it would come back to haunt her family. Take note of the symptoms – they could save your life one day. Talking of saving lives, we…

7 min
a date with revenge

Carrie Johnson, 38, Nottingham When Matthew Ibbett first started chatting to me at the bar, I thought I’d struck gold. It was June last year, and I’d come out for a few drinks in the Nottingham town centre with my friend Shelley. Although I’d been single for a while after 20 years with my daughter’s dad, I wasn’t looking for a relationship. But Matthew, 35, seemed nice. He was good looking, too, but it was his personality that I fell for, as he told me about how, on his weekends off from being a labourer, he’d go and do his granny’s shopping. ‘What a love,’ I gushed, smitten. So when he asked me if I wanted to meet him the following weekend for a bite to eat in town, I agreed. But I wanted to take it slow. ‘He’s…

7 min

Tracy Archer, 40, Forest of Dean Wiping away tears, I blushed with embarrassment. ‘Oh, God, I can’t believe I’m crying at The Grinch!’ I said, sniffling. ‘You have been a bit emotional lately...Are you sure everything’s OK?’ my partner Kyle asked, looking concerned. To be honest, I’d been wondering the same thing. It was so unlike me and we’d just had a great Christmas, but I’d even burst into tears at the nursery the week before. ‘Yeah, yeah, everything’s fine,’ I said breezily. I didn’t want anyone to know, but I suspected my body was starting to go through the menopause and had booked a doctor’s appointment to get checked over. I couldn’t go through life this way – I had nine children that needed their mum to be stable and strong, not some emotional wreck. As I…

2 min
seal of approval

Sitting on the beach, I soaked up the sun. It was May 1987, and I’d been living on the Isle of Shetland for many years. Just then, I spotted something black in the distance, washing in and out with the waves. What’s that? I wondered. As I walked closer, I realised it was a baby seal, struggling to fend for itself. ‘Oh you poor thing,’ I said, scooping him up. Taking the pup home, I filled a children’s paddling pool with water and placed him inside. Then, after doing some research, I came across a seal sanctuary in Cornwall. They told me exactly what to do, and thankfully, the seal recovered. But word spread about what I’d done, and people started bringing me seals that they’d rescued off the beach. By that September, I had seven seal pups on my…

2 min
speed awareness? fail!

Amanda Lewis, 31, Nailsea As I dropped my son Alfie, seven, at my grandad’s, we found him peering at a letter with an annoyed look on his face. ‘I’ve gone through the red light at the top of the road,’ my grandad, David Williams, grumbled. He’d have to take the driver awareness course or accept three penalty points and pay a £100 fine. A few weeks on, my nan, Toni, looked after Alfie as Grandad headed off to Filton, near Bristol, to undergo the course. That afternoon, my phone rang. It was my mum Tracey, 57. ‘Your grandad’s collapsed and been taken to hospital,’ she cried. We rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary to hear that Grandad, 78, was already having life-saving surgery. He’d had a heart attack, tearing his main artery. He nearly died during the course! Surgeons now had…

1 min
should have gone to specsavers!

This is the hilarious moment a runaway alpaca calmly wandered into an opticians. The fleecy animal, native to South America, is thought to have escaped from a nearby farm and was initially spotted sauntering down the high street. But the curious animal popped into the opticians in Hennebont in Brittany, when the automatic doors slid open as it trotted past. Photographer Pierre-yves Nicolas – who had spotted it wandering past his studio window – followed it in to Les Opticiens Mutualistes. Staff quickly locked the doors to stop the animal escaping and causing chaos on the roads. Funny photos show the creature calmly browsing the shelves and stopping to admire itself in the mirrors. Pierre-yves, 58, said it was quite happy and stayed for half an hour before it was literally carried off by police. He…