How I got on TV… and why I was worried what the neighbours thought…

Last month Jeanette Leach found herself doing something she never ever imagined – she appeared on ITV’s Daybreak talking about her 32JJ boobs.

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Jeanette and Steve in the Daily Mirror

Jeanette and husband Steve were invited onto the show after her story appeared in the DAILY MIRROR through Featureworld. In that story she had told how she wanted a boob job but Steve did not. Here Jeanette tells why she decided to sell her story, what going on daytime TV was like and how she worried what others would think…

Why did you sell your story?

I decided to sell my story because I thought it might appeal to other women out there. I read a lot on the net about how women just like me struggle with large breasts.

What was your biggest worry?

I was very nervous to see how the story in the Daily Mirror would look and what feedback I would get. I am one of those people who worry what people think.
We had a photographer come to the house and take some pics before the article. I loved that – it was a great experience and we got a couple of lovely pics of myself, husband and my beautiful boys which I will keep forever. I was looking in the papers everyday for it as I was both nervous and excited. But I was wrong to worry. The article looked fab! It was a lot bigger than I thought but I felt like a celebrity for the day.

So how did you end up on the telly?

From selling our story we got to go on ITV’s Daybreak to talk about the issues in our article. The Producer saw the article in the Daily Mirror and contacted Alison to see if we would be interested in going on. Words cannot describe how nervous we both were but we enjoyed the run up to it. Steve and I got to stay in a lovely hotel in London, enjoyed a meal at the hotel and had a rare night away from the children. Sell story to ITV Daybreak Again, I was so worried what people would say with me on the telly but so far it’s been good. I’d never have thought in a million years we would end up on telly – but it’s something Steve and I will be talking about for years and I hope it raised awareness.
The staff at Daybreak were all very nice and helpful and made me feel at ease. It went so fast but after I’d done it I wanted to do it all again! My only worry was whether I got what I wanted to say across because I talk a lot when I’m nervous. But the feedback has been very good and being in the limelight for five mins was great fun. I got my make up done and had a quick chat with some famous people and after the show Steve and I enjoyed the day in London. I’d never been to London before so got to look at a few famous landmarks.

What’s happened since?

From the article in the Daily Mirror a consultant come forward and is offering to help with a breast reduction operation. I have appointment to see him so fingers crossed I get my ultimate dream – a breast reduction operation that would change my life. This experience has made me realise there’s no stopping me to reach my potential in life whether that is work, or being the best wife and mother.

Would you recommend selling your story … and going on TV?

I would definitely recommend selling your story as it was a great experience. Alison is lovely to talk to and if you are worried about anything you know she’s only a phone call away, Alison has been very supportive and just very lovely throughout our journey. It’s been a magical experience that makes a change from the norm… and we can only hope there might be more to come.

32JJ Jeanette LeachRead more on Jeanette’s story here: Jeanette’s journey

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I share my 7-year-old daughter’s wardrobe, says anorexic mum…

Real-life story of anorexia appears in CLOSER, THE DAILY MAIL, DAILY MIRROR, THE SUN and DAILY STAR.

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Rebecca Jones contacted me via my website Featureworld with her quirky story about how because she is anorexic she shares her seven-year-old daughter Maisy’s clothes.

When Maisy asks for a cake, her mum Rebecca doesn’t refuse. As an anorexic, Rebecca worries if she denies her daughter any food at all, she too might develop the eating disorder. This means she worries Maisy is now slightly overweight – but Rebecca would rather have her daughter that way than as she is.

And Rebecca knows only too well how dangerous anorexia can be. Just nine months ago she had to be rushed into hospital – she had starved herself so much her heart was affected. A lack of nutrients had made her heart beat terrifyingly fast. It left her with a damaged heart – and she knows she must eat better if she is to avoid this happening again. Next time, and already with a damaged heart, it could be fatal.

However, Rebecca – whose 5ft 1″ height, dress size 4 and weight of just five stones (this has earned her the nickname ‘Pixie’) finds it impossible to eat properly. She is still anorexic – she consumes a strict 900 calories a day to maintain her body as tiny as it is and ensures she does not exceed 4 grams of fat. Her diet is also liquid because she has difficulty digesting solid food.

Rebecca, 27, who ironically works as a medical secretary, became anorexic in her early teens after she tried to diet. By the time she was 17 she was seriously ill – but managed to maintain from the outside an ordinary life. She went to university and met a man. Because her periods stopped at the age of 17 and she hadn’t had any for years, she didn’t realise she could get pregnant. In fact it was only when one day lying in bed she felt something move in her stomach that she realised she could be pregnant – she rushed to the doctors to find by then she was 7 months. However, as she was anorexic throughout her pregnancy she was still wearing a size six dress.

Fortunately baby Maisy was healthy but when her daughter was small, Rebecca’s relationship with her partner broke up and she is now a single mum.

She is desperate that Maisy doesn’t follow in her footsteps. Maisy asks her mummy why she doesn’t eat and she explains that mummy isn’t well. But she realises that her worries about Maisy following in her footsteps is also a problem. She lets Maisy eat whatever she wants – so chocolate and cup cake treats – aren’t forbidden.

Rebecca is currently on the local NHS waiting list for psychiatric help for her anorexia. She is desperate to get better as she knows another situation such as ending up again in hospital could be fatal. That is her deepest fear – that her anorexia could get the better of her and leave Maisy motherless.

As well as a deal with Closer magazine, with Rebecca’s consent her story was also placed in further deals with a number of national newspapers.

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I met my husband on my hen night…

Story sold in multi deal today – in THE DAILY MIRROR and BELLA magazine. Sell story to the Daily Mirror

When Catherine Kurn went out on her hen night, she had no idea she was to meet her soulmate. The journalist had been dating fiance Keith for years and she was looking forward to getting married the following week.

But then on the nightclub dance floor she bumped into Kristian and there was an immediate attraction between the two of them. They chatted and Catherine even went back to Kristian’s nearby flat for a coffee – but although nothing happened, she couldn’t get him out of her mind.

The next day she woke up thinking of Kristian but despite this, she went ahead with her wedding. After all, how could she cancel marrying a man she’d been with for years for someone she’d only just met for a few hours one night?

However, even on honeymoon in Barbados she still couldn’t stop thinking about Kristian and when she came home the reality of married life with Keith didn’t live up to her expectations. The pair often found themselves bickering.

It was after one row that Catherine decided to ring Kristian. She left a message asking if he wanted to meet her the next day in a nearby cafe. She didn’t honestly think Kristian would turn up – but she was wrong. And when she saw him, once again her heart melted. Catherine Kurn in Bella mag It was to be the beginning of an extraordinary relationship that lasted the next five years. For a long time the pair just emailed – Catherine wanted to make a proper go of her marriage. And occasionally they would bump into one another at a nightclub – then they’d always realise how strong he attraction was between them but because Catherine was married, never did anything.

Yet when Kristian eventually met someone else, it was like a knife going through Catherine and the pair hardly met. By now she and Keith had separated.

But true love did win through in the end. Kristian also found he could not get over his attraction to Catherine. It was simply too strong to deny and in the end he finished his relationship with his girlfriend. Finally he and Catherine could get together properly.

In April 2009 they married – but both of them often find themselves recounting the somewhat bizarre way they met – on Catherine’s hen night…

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Should I have a boob job to reduce my 32JJ chest …?

Jeanette Leach and her husband Steve appeared in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper yesterday to discuss their real-life dilemma…

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Jeanette and Steve in the Daily Mirror

Mum of two Jeanette wants to have an operation to reduce her 32JJ boobs. But husband Steve loves her as she is…

She says:

* My boobs cause me backache and are uncomfortable.
* Finding clothes to fit is a nightmare – and I can’t even wear a T shirt because I can look indecent.
* I’m fed up of men talking to my chest all the time.
* I hate the ugly bras – I would love to be able to go without.
* I get too much attention and feel top heavy.

He says:

* Jen has a fantastic figure. Men call me a lucky guy and many women would pay for a figure like that.
* Jen’s boobs define her. She’s always been known as ‘Jen Big Boobs’ – she has a big bubbly personality to match. I worry she might lose some of her personality.
* The operation is costly and it is major surgery which is not without risks. I’ve read some awful stories. What if something goes terribly wrong?
* Jen is happy with our two sons but I would love us to have another baby – perhaps a little girl – and I know she won’t want another if she has this op.
* Jen will miss all the attention her boobs get her. She will blend in with everyone else and I think she might ultimately regret it.

Jen says: “Steve and I were delighted with the story in the Daily Mirror – I couldn’t believe how big it was when we opened the paper – but we were thrilled with the write up and the photos. However, it hasn’t helped us decide what I should do!”

At Featureworld HQ a quick poll revealed unsurprisingly perhaps that the women think Jeanette should go ahead – but the men think she should stay as she is.

What do you think? Do leave your comments and suggestion and if you’ve had a boob job, your experience would be great.

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Husband gambled away our home and our marriage…


Featureworld gained a double deal this week for one couple with a double page in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper and BELLA magazine.

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The Shelton family's story appears in the Daily Mirror ...

Steve Shelton emailed me through the Sell My Story contact form because he wanted to raise the issue of gambling by telling his real-life story.
From the age of 19, Steve had enjoyed a flutter on the horses, the football and later roulette. Throughout his twenties he’d had a few times when he’d let his gambling get the better of him. But when he met Michelle he believed he had his gambling habit under control. And in fact, although she knew he did gamble, she believed it was just a few pounds while out with his mates at the weekend.
In fact, it was more than that – something for a long time Steve, who worked in recruitment, even denied to himself. Although Steve made little bets, just a few pounds at a time, they really added up and it wasn’t very long before Michelle began to notice they were overdrawn and also money went missing in the house. Despite this Michelle believed Steve when he said he wouldn’t gamble. The couple married and have two adorable children. Life should have been perfect. But unbeknown to Michelle Steve was continuing to gamble and finding other ways to raise the cash. He raided the children’s money boxes and cancelled their insurance policies.
The crunch came when he was made redundant. The children were small but Michelle went back to work and as their mortgage was covered by loss of job insurance, at least she was reassured that would be paid for a year.

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... and also goes over two pages in Bella magazine.

But when a pipe burst in their home, she found out Steve had not only cancelled the insurance policy but had also gambled payments meant for the mortgage.
Shockingly he’d also run up £50K in debt and they were made bankrupt, losing their home. Michelle tried to forgive Steve – who said he would get counselling – but when she discovered he’d been gambling again, she decided to leave. She has now filed for divorce.
Steve and I discussed telling his story with Michelle – it felt only right that the whole family should be involved. Both Michelle and Steve told their stories in diaries in the Daily Mirror while for the women’s magazine, the story was told from Michelle’s point of view.

Steve, who is now in counselling with Gamblers Anonymous and who has stopped gambling, said: “I wanted to raise the whole issue of gambling – I only hope my story will help others seek help before it’s too late.”

Michelle said: “As soon as I got the paper and magazine I could see it was written exactly as it had been read back to me. Doing this has brought closure to what was a terrible time.”

Meanwhile, Gamcare, a charity that helps families affected by gambling, has contacted me to say they were pleased to see this issue raised. They add anyone can contact them in complete confidence. Contact Gamcare here: Gamcare help.

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I have my sisters to thank for my two children…

Amanda Gudz’s amazing true life story was printed over two pages of the DAILY MIRROR newspaper this week.

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Amanda was thrilled with this story in the Daily Mirror


After spending £30,000 on 15 failed IVF attempts, Amanda Gudz had given up thoughts of having a baby. But she hadn’t counted on the selfless generosity of her sisters. For Samantha offered to be a surrogate. Using an egg from Amanda and sperm from Amanda’s husband Darren, the couple were thrilled when having implanted the embryo into Samantha’s uterus, she got pregnant. And this gave Amanda daughter Esme, now two.
Esme totally fulfilled Amanda but she and Darren had remaining embryos still frozen in storage. And then the hospital wrote to them asking what to do with the embryos. The choices are to continue storing them at a cost, donate them to another couple, allow them to perish or give them to research. There was of course one other option – Amanda and Darren could give the embryos the chance of life themselves.
So that is what they did. This time sister Ellen wrote out a cheque to fund the IVF. Only two embryos survived the thawing process and were good enough to implant into Amanda’s uterus. She really thought after so many years it would never work. But it did – against all the odds Amanda got pregnant and she has now had baby Thea. Incredibly, although born two years apart, the girls are twins.
When she was having Thea, sister Michelle stepped in to look after Esme.

Amanda told me: “I feel so lucky. But I wouldn’t have had my children if it weren’t for my sisters and I will be eternally grateful to them. The article was spot on. It reads great and I am so very pleased. Thank you so much.”

Interestingly the story about Amanda’s sister being a surrogate had already appeared in the press two years ago. But I was able to place this update again – and Amanda now has another deal with a leading women’s weekly magazine.

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My 33million to one triplets…

This heart-warming real life story about how Abby Drinkell’s amazing triplets appears in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper today.

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Abby's story looked lovely in the Daily Mirror


After nine miscarriages Abby Drinkell had almost given up having a longed for baby. Then she was researching the internet and came across research at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington that recurrent miscarriages were sometimes caused by a blood clotting problem. She was referred and given a very simple treatment. That was aspirin to thin the blood. It resulted in two gorgeous sons.
But when she split with their dad and met Lee, they wanted a child of their own. Sadly, when she got pregnant she had an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby develops in the fallopian tube. This is a life-threatening condition and the embryo and the tube had to be removed, reducing her fertility by half.
Incredibly, however, she got pregnant again. Once again she took aspirin and amazingly she discovered at her first routine scan she was expecting triplets.
After going into premature labour her babies were born and after a worrying time when they were in special care, they are now all home.
The story is amazing as there is no history of multiple births in the family and the triplets – two boys and a girl – are not identical. And with only one fallopian tube Abby’s doctor calculated the odds of her having triplets as 33million to one!
Abby wanted to share her story to give encouragement to others suffering from fertility issues that you might well end up with a baby – even the big family you dreamed of.
This story has now been placed with a women’s weekly magazine.

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Stories in the Daily Mirror and The Sun newspapers…

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Paul and Julia in the Daily Mirror

Featureworld interviewees Paul Rix and new wife Julia appeared in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper at the weekend with their quirky love story.
When they met over twenty years ago Julia was best friends with Paul’s wife Tracy. Tracy even made Julia’s wedding dress and Paul and Tracy came to her wedding. They even went out as a foursome.
But then the couples drifted apart and for years dropped all contact … that was until recently when Paul rediscovered Julia via Facebook. By then both had split from their spouses and they began dating. Last month they married, returning home just in time from honeymoon to buy copies of the Mirror to add to their wedding album…

Meanwhile yesterday another Featureworld interviewee appeared in a newspaper – this time THE SUN.

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Lisa talks about being a 'glam granny' in The Sun

Lisa Rogers was just 17 when she gave birth to Jessica, now 19. Then a couple of months ago Jessica gave birth to Harry, making Lisa a granny. Incredibly, Lisa only recently had Jessica’s sister, Lily – who is an aunt to Harry. Lisa tells the newspaper how at first she was shocked at being such a young gran but now Harry is here, she is loving her new role! Plus mum and daughter are more like friends, going with their kids to mums and tots groups.

Julia and Lisa were both paid for their time telling their stories – and both got beautiful cuttings to boot. If you would like to sell a story, contact me here: Sell My Story


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Fighting to stay alive for my son …

Laura Hymas’ real life story about how she has been diagnosed with a brain tumour – and is raising money for treatment in the US – appears in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper today.

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Laura Hymas is living with an inoperable brain tumour.


Many people will be aware of how this story had already touched the nation’s hearts – even before it appeared in the Daily Mirror today. Such is the power of the Internet this story has popped up thousands of Facebook accounts. And thanks to the concern of celebrities such as comedian Rufus Hound – who has flagged it up to his quarter of a million Twitter users- it has spread throughout Twitter like wildfire.
And it is a very emotional story. Until Christmas Eve Laura, 24, was living a normal happy life with her adorable young son Jacob and her fiance Ben. But then, having experienced a host of strange symptoms since Jacob was born, such as exhaustion, loss of balance and weakness in her arm, tests showed she had a brain tumour. In April she was then given the devastating diagnosis by UK doctors that apart from some chemo and radiotherapy to try to shrink the tumour a little, there is nothing they can do. It goes too far into her brain to be safely removed by surgery and is it aggressive and growing.
However, rather than give up all hope, Ben and Laura have found a clinic in the States that has offered to help. The treatment at this clinic is still in trials and it is controversial as some people believe it is unproven and expensive.
But Ben and Laura have, quite understandably, decided that even if it gives the slimmest hope of success, it is worth trying. The problem is it costs £75K – and in fact it might be they eventually need more money than that as that is only for one year’s treatment and some suffers need more.
Thanks to the generosity of Twitter and Facebook users, they have already raised thousands of pounds – which shows that compassion is certainly not dead in the UK! – and many people have sent them wonderful messages. I know just how much those messages have touched them.
Their story is now due to appear in Bella magazine and another UK women’s mag and I will also be following their progress.

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Our £80,000 IVF baby…

Julia and Tony Rees’ heart-warming true story about how they never gave up hope they’d one day have their longed for baby, appears in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper today.

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Tony and Julia's story looks great in the Daily Mirror


Fetal Consultant Bryan Beattie approached me to gain publicity and awareness of a new test he is pioneering that gives an early warning of early labour – and Tony and Julia’s baby daughter Ruby is the first baby to be born following introduction of the test last summer.
In fact, as I discovered when I spoke with them, the couple had an incredible story to tell. They went through eight miscarriages and had 11 attempts at IVF before finally having Ruby.
Heartbreakingly they had even lost boy and girl twins at 23 weeks of pregnancy last year and so this was their final go at becoming parents.
Because of their history, when Julia did get pregnant this last time, she was referred to Bryan at antenatal clinic Innermost Secrets for specialist ultrasound scans. And as she’d already lost these babies, he asked Julia if she would like to try out this new test.
The simple test identifies a protein in the body, which is produced when women are about to go into labour and gives an early warning sign. If it is positive, labour can be halted or steroids can be given to strengthen the baby’s lungs. Bryan believes if it were introduced to every pregnant woman at 22 weeks then it could save thousands of premature babies’ lives as well as saving the NHS millions on special care for tiny babies. Even a week or two – being born at 24 weeks rather than 23 weeks – can make a difference between life and death.
At 30 weeks the test on Julia did prove positive but she was put on total bed rest and drugs were given to mature her baby’s lungs. Thankfully, her pregnancy then continued until 37 weeks when she gave birth naturally.
And even now, they can hardly believe at last baby Ruby is here.
Tony and Julia were absolutely thrilled with their story in the Daily Mirror today – which for them spells the end of so many years of agony. At the same time, it has gained valuable publicity for this new test, which is available from Innermost Secrets.

Meanwhile, it’s been an extremely busy day in the Featureworld office sorting out all their deals. Tomorrow you can see the couple and baby Ruby live on ITV’s Daybreak. Then I have also gained them a further deal with another national newspaper and a women’s magazine!

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