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Woman given six months to live survives and says it’s down to her love of Disney

***EXCLUSIVE*** CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, USA: Doctors gave this woman SIX MONTHS to live after she REFUSED CHEMO, but over TWO YEARS later she’s been labelled a MIRACLE – and she puts it down to her love of DISNEY COSPLAY.  During spring 2011, Tanya Mannella (35) from Cape Coral, Florida, USA, started to experience severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss and regular high fevers, which were brushed off by her gynaecologist as ‘girl problems’. By August, Tanya was being prepped for laparoscopic surgery to address her ‘girl problems’ when she was told she couldn’t have surgery as she had a high fever of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. She had emergency surgery as her appendix had perforated and was causing her to become septic and she stayed in hospital for two weeks after to recover. After this, Tanya assumed that her health had just gone through a temporary rough patch and didn’t expect to fall ill again. But in autumn 2012 she started to experience similar familiar stomach problems and was heavily fatigued, and one day she found a large amount of blood in her stool. Her GP sent her to a specialist who did a colonoscopy and diagnosed her with stage four colon cancer at the age of 27. In December 2012, Tanya underwent eight hours of gruelling surgery to remove the cancer from her body, which included; one foot of her colon, one hernia, one ovary and fallopian tube and part of her rectum. There were some small cancer cells left behind and once she had recovered from her major surgery, Tanya commenced chemotherapy and radiation in February 2013, which left her dealing with her hair thinning, nausea, low white blood cell count and going through radiation menopause. Tanya completed all 25 rounds of radiation but was only able to complete seven out of 12 rounds of chemotherapy due to complications. In March 2017, Tanya was told that her cancer had returned, and she underwent another surgery in June to have more of her colon removed, a total hysterectomy and reversible ostomy put in place. Understandably, Tanya couldn’t face going through chemo again and she was placed into home hospice care and given six months to two years to live, which she didn’t want to ruin through the devastating side effects of chemo. In June 2019, Tanya celebrated two years of life after cancer - doctors have labelled her a miracle. At the heart of Tanya’s positivity has been the support she’s received from her family and husband, Chuck (32) as well as her passion for Disney and Disney cosplay. Tanya says focussing on Disney has helped her to stay positive when times are hard and she shares her ingenious Disney looks on Instagram under the handle, @theboundingblondie.

A family paid a whopping $50,000 to CLONE their heroic dog who saved its pregnant owner from a rattlesnake

***EXCLUSIVE*** David and Alicia Tschirhart decided to genetically duplicate their beloved Labrador retriever Marley after the pooch passed away just months after saving Alicia from a venomous snake. The couple preserved Marley’s DNA but waited five years to clone the hound as they wanted their children Madeleine, five, and Colette, three, to be old enough to appreciate a dog. The family, of San Diego, California, welcomed Ziggy, now four months, in December, and were astonished by how similar the canine was to the original Marley.

Amsterdam woman scarred by doctors when they used laser to reduce her birthmark

***EXCLUSIVE*** NETHERLANDS: Meet the woman whose face was ACCIDENTALLY scarred by DOCTORS when they used a laser treatment to REDUCE the appearance of her BIRTHMARK. Tessa Schiethart (26) from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, was born with a port wine stain birthmark covering most of her face. She was born with a vascular condition known as Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) – a rare disorder affecting the eyes and brain that's usually associated with a large birthmark that extends across the forehead or scalp. Fortunately, the rare syndrome did not affect Tessa’s brain, so she has avoided debilitating epileptic fits that affect a number of people with the condition. However, the 26-year-old is completely blind in her right eye and has around 80 per cent vision in her left. Although her remaining eyesight is currently ‘stable’, doctors have warned her that her vision is not guaranteed and that she may one day go totally blind. As very little was known about SWS when Tessa was born, doctors may have missed the opportunity to save the vision in her right eye, although it’s possible that Tessa was totally blind in that eye from birth. However, Tessa’s parents were encouraged by doctors to treat their newborn daughter’s birthmarks with lasers whilst she was very young as infant’s skin was far more tolerant to such procedures. At six months old, Tessa underwent regular laser treatment to ‘lighten’ her port wine stain. When she turned two, the hospital where she received treatment used a new laser to perform the latest round of medical procedures on Tessa. The machine was calibrated at a much higher level than expected and the toddler was left with severe burns around her nose and above her left eye – leaving visible scarring and causing a great deal of distress to Tessa and her parents. Despite a difficult start to life, Tessa has always embraced her condition as part of her identity and playfully suggests that her ‘birthmark trademark’ ensures she ‘never has to introduce herself twice’.

Couple ditches city life to move into the wilderness and live in a TENT with their two young sons

***EXCLUSIVE*** This couple decided to ditch city life after having children and now live off the grid in a TENT – and say it’s given them time to teach their children ‘real life skills,’ like throwing KNIVES. Etsy shop owners Zac Ruiz (31) and his wife Katie Ruiz (33) from New Mexico, USA were living in Orange County, California back in 2016 in their 1,100 square foot apartment which was costing them Ł1,272 (1,650USD) a month. To top it off Katie was paying back Ł31,000 (40,000USD) worth of debt from getting her education. They thought their life was comfortable back then. They both enjoyed their jobs and Zac worked as a gym coach while Katie was a hairdresser. It was all they’d ever known, and the busy city life kept them entertained. However, when they had their first child, Fox (5), they started to question their environment and whether it was the right place for children to grow up in. When looking to the future they saw themselves doing the same thing in ten years’ time as they were back then – this wasn’t enough for them. After securing their very own rural two-acre piece of land they started building a tiny 314 square foot tent which has been their full-time home since July 2017. Since moving in they have had another son, Grizzly (3). Zac sees their new home as a den for his cubs where the two can raise their children in the best possible way spending the majority of their time in the great outdoors.

Mum-of-two, who was given just a year to live in 2014 after being diagnosed with aggressive stage four brain tumour, has beaten the odds to still be alive six years later

***EXCLUSIVE*** A mum with aggressive stage four brain tumour who was given just a year to live in 2014 has defied the odds - six years later. Mum-of-two Suzanne Davies, 40, was given the catastrophic news that she had stage four glioblastoma - an aggressive brain tumour - and was unlikely to live past a year. She had a major op to remove a tumour the size of a golf ball from her brain. But Suzanne, who works as a reflexology practitioner at her home in Aberdeen after giving up full time work in finance, is now in the five per cent of patients who live beyond five years of diagnosis.

A David Bowie superfan has paid tribute to the late music icon - by creating a magnificent 7ft tall sculpture created by cutting up over 1,000 recycled DVDs

***EXCLUSIVE*** Andrew Vickers, 56, was inspired to honour the legendary musician following Bowie's death from liver cancer at the age of 69 in 2016. The artist from Sheffield, South Yorks, spent hours toiling away to build the sculpture, which he has aptly named 'Starman' after Bowie's 1972 hit. Inventive Andrew began by constructing a fibreglass model of a man in motion, then acquired hundreds of old DVDs to use as the exterior.

Chef makes amazingly realistic food illusions

Believe it or not, all these items are edible! Chef Ben Churchill makes amazingly realistic food illusions that he says taste delicious. Highlights of the Hertfordshire creative’s work included in his book Food Illusions (SRL Publishing Ltd, 25 Feb. 2020) include an edible washing up sponge, an ashtray panna cotta, and beans on toast, which is actually marzipan beans on sponge cake, in an orange syrup. Despite an off-putting appearance, Ben is adamant the creations are tasty. He explains: „They are definitely for eating. All my desserts are edible and perfectly balanced in terms of flavour. My whole ethos is that they should taste delicious and the flavours should reference the theme. This is the reason I wrote the book. Inspiration can come from anywhere. TV, video games, the world around me. Sometimes I just get a flash of inspiration. Usually when I’m driving things come to me. A dish can happen in a day, from thinking to finishing. Or a dish can be 6 months in the making. It may take that long to make it click.” Ben says it was a while into his career before he thought about food art.

Woman has collected around five thousand Easter eggs

***EXCLUSIVE*** Saxony, Leipzig: Kerstin Dischereit has collected around 5000 Easter eggs from all over the world, some of them unusually shaped, from ostrich eggs 12-17 centimetres in size, emu eggs 13 centimetres in size, duck eggs 9 centimetres in size and snail eggs a few millimetres in size. The trained calliographer has been known as an egg artist herself for over 20 years, has already designed thousands of Easter eggs using a wide variety of techniques and participates with them in many Easter egg markets.

Widower transitioned to become a woman after the death of his wife made him realize that „life is too short” - before falling in love with their son's school teacher and now the pair are set to wed

***EXCLUSIVE*** A widower transitioned to become a woman following the death of his wife after realising 'life was too short' - before falling in love with their son's school teacher and now the pair are set to wed. Joel Stottlemire, 49, found the courage to be the person 'he always knew he was' and transitioned to become a woman - named Katie Papilio - in January 2019, after the death of his wife of five years, Minxi Liu, 41. Minxi passed away in December 2017, after battling metastatic breast cancer. Before her death, she helped her then-husband Joel realise 'life was too short to pretend' and supported his decision to transition to become Katie. The couple had one child together, Lucas, now five, who now knows his 'dad' as Katie - and can't remember her ever being a man.

A man spent ten years building the ultimate dream home for his family on his own for just £140,000 despite having virtually no DIY experience - using YouTube videos

***EXCLUSIVE*** Determined Graham Harley, 51, used online searches as a guide to learn skills like roofing and plastering he needed to complete the house - balancing the task with family life and work. The dad-of-one got the idea after a builder joked that anyone could build their own home - deciding to take him literally. Graham estimates that the five-bed bungalow in Ringwood, Hants., cost less than £150,000 to finish - but is worth much more now.

Meet Rebel - the pet raccoon who rides in a boat, uses a litter box and is best friends with a golden retriever

***EXCLUSIVE*** „For most people, a raccoon is not a good pet” said Rebel’s owner, Caryn Williamson, 44, who lives in Hudson, Indiana. „They require constant supervision and they are so much more intelligent than a dog or cat. They can literally unlock your front door and walk right out.” Rebel's full name is Rebel Raccoon the Bush Brat. Caryn says she adopted Rebel, who will be a year old in April, from a breeder in Ohio via the United States Department of Agriculture. Rebel quickly settled into Caryn's home and became firm friends with her eight-year-old golden retriever Remington. Caryn's lifestyle in rural Indiana allows her to keep Rebel without incident, but she doesn't believe the species is ready to be fully domesticated.

University counsellor who stands at a towering 7ft 1in and cannot fit in an aeroplane seat drives a Smart car – but at least it's a convertible

***EXCLUSIVE*** A real life BFG who stands at a staggering 7ft 1in struggles to fit in aeroplane seats - but drives around in a TINY smart car. Towering Lydon Sutcliffe, 32, makes his colleagues laugh each morning when he drives into work - after squeezing his huge frame into his mum’s 60-inch high Smart Fortwo. The friendly giant says he was mocked tirelessly as a boy for being so tall - after hitting 6ft when he was just ten - but his struggles have pushed him to help others. No order is too tall for Lydon, who splits his time between his job as a disability support worker, a university counsellor and studying psychotherapy.

A filmmaker has become best friends with a raven - and says the bird often comes inside for a cuddle

***EXCLUSIVE*** The seven-year-old called Loki has grown up in captivity and now has a bond so strong with its owner that it regularly seeks him out for an embrace. Elliot Manarin was offered Loki by a breeder after its owner passed away - and initially discovered a spiky personality. But years of hard work, love and attention has seen the pair become best friends - with the animal even comforting the 33-year-old when his mum died.

McDonald’s auctioning $90K Golden Shamrock Shake for charity

***EXCLUSIVE*** Shortly after the limited-time return of the Shamrock Shake and new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry, McDonald's has now unveiled the Golden Shamrock Shake for the 50th anniversary of the beloved menu item. Valued at nearly $100,000 USD, the Golden Shamrock Shake took 140 hours to craft. The 50 green emeralds and white diamonds represent the color of the limited-time shake.

Biodegradable bamboo bag

***EXCLUSIVE*** After New York City announced a ban on single-use plastic bags, Japanese artist Sho Shibuya and his design studio Placeholder have created the Biodegradable Bamboo Bag. 

James Bond Q watch

***EXCLUSIVE*** On the back of their recent 007 themed collection and marking the April release of the new James Bond feature film, ‘No Time To Die', Swatch continues their colorful collab tradition with a special edition timepiece inspired by James Bond's go-to gadget guy, Q. Dropping on the March 5 the Q pays homage to the brains behind Bond's spy tech and souped-up vehicles and is the first Swatch to ever feature in a James Bond movie adorning the wrist of British actor B. Whishaw who has played Q since 2012.