that's life! Issue 41, 2021

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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One of the benefits of working on this fabulous magazine is that you become very aware of how important it is to look after your own health. I love reading our Living Well section every week, including Ask the Doctor and our Medi-files. And of course, there are all the amazing real-life stories shared by ordinary people who have been on their own health journeys. Reading them all, over so many years, has taught me to trust my intuition when it comes to my health and seek out help when it’s needed. I’ve also learned how important it is to be up to date with all the things we can do to keep ourselves well and prevent illness and disease. That means every year I see my GP for a…

1 min
we love you!

WINNERS are grinners Thank you that’s life! for my $50 cash prize! I didn’t expect it when I opened the mailbox! Hosanna Catallo, Coolaroo, Vic Tracy-lee and Isabella on a shopping outing in Perth. Alison Buys, Butler, WA I have always wanted to experience the Kuranda train. Happily, I got to live my dream – with that’s life! to take on board. Beverley Leeder, Robina, Qld My grandson Dylan, three, is sharing his truck with our adopted greyhound Sophia, who is also three. Jean Duff, Marangaroo, WA William, 10, loves spending his weekends riding his KTM dirt bike around our property. Toni Battle, Baldivis, WA One of the regular visitors to our backyard. Eddy Schaap, Ingleburn, NSW DON’T I KNOW YOU? What a great pleasure to meet the wonderful TV Journalist Ray Martin. He’s a lovely man and was very happy to pose for…

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39-year age gap… now we have twins!

Samantha Delmege, 37, Sydney, NSW I watched quietly as mourners dressed in black milled around the room. I’d just given a eulogy at my good friend Max’s funeral. I hope I did him proud, I thought. Now, at the wake, I was feeling emotional. Then, a distinguished gentleman in his 60s came over to me. ‘Hi, my name’s Max, too,’ he said, introducing himself. ‘You spoke well up there.’ ‘Thank you,’ I smiled. Aged 26, I was young enough to be his daughter, but I felt drawn to him. ‘Even with that ladder up your stocking,’ he added with a laugh. Max was a grandfather and older than my parents Charming, Max told me he used to own the rugby team my friend had once played for, while I explained I’d cared for him as a nurse. After chatting for the…

4 min
twisted doctor he paralysed his patients

When Mary Efurd walked into a spinal clinic one day in 2012, she desperately hoped a doctor would be able to fix her chronic back pain. The 74-year-old was introduced to neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, and he vowed to do just that. The son of a Christian missionary father and a school teacher mother, he was educated at some of the best universities, had sparkling references from senior surgeons, and had been offered top jobs at several hospitals. So Mary should have been in the safest of hands. But when she woke from her operation, which was supposed to fuse two vertebrae and relieve her pain, she was in agony. And, frighteningly, she could no longer stand. Her procedure wasn’t the first the surgeon seemed to have inexplicably botched. And it wasn’t the last. The truth was,…

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i’m the community fairy godmother

Gayle Dye, 49, Rowville, Vic Slumped in the chair at my doctor’s office, I didn’t know what to think. ‘I recommend you stay inside,’ my GP advised. It was March last year and as the global pandemic hit Australia, I was under orders to stay home. Due to a health condition, my immune system is compromised so I was at risk of getting seriously ill if I caught COVID-19. I couldn’t work, so I didn’t have to worry about not being able to go to a job, and my husband Bryan and eldest kids, Jessica, 29, Deejay, 27, Matthew, 20, all stepped up to help fetch groceries and run errands. As the days ticked by, I felt so bored. ‘Did you know we had this many kids in the block?’ I joked to Bryan, watching our neighbours…

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bridal veil fail

Helena, 28, Bendigo, Vic* You look beautiful!’ I exclaimed, as my bestie, Hannah, 26, stepped out of the changing room. ‘This is the dress!’ her mum, Julie, smiled. After an hour in the bridal shop, we’d found the perfect vintage-style gown. ‘I love it,’ Hannah said, beaming. ‘It’ll be perfect with the veil!’ She was walking down the aisle in the same 1920s veil her mum had worn. It originally belonged to Hannah’s great-grandma and had been used by brides in the family ever since. With tiny white flowers, and masses of lace, it reached the floor. ‘I’m so glad you’re wearing it,’ Julie said. ‘Your nan would be thrilled.’ Sadly, Hannah’s nan had recently passed away. Six months later, the big day arrived. Hannah’s sisters, Jade and Layla, and I were bridesmaids. At Hannah’s house, the dresses and veil hung…