Mum of two Vicki Dillon’s real-life story about how a sex addiction almost ruined her relationship of 23 years appeared in the SUNDAY PEOPLE newspaper at the weekend.
Vicki Dillon’s life was turned upside down when at the age of 35 she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A mum of two and a nurse, she’d battled with strange symptoms for a number of years and the diagnosis came as a terrible shock.
But worse was to come when she was prescribed drugs to control the symptoms such as tremors in her hands. For they were to change her personality.
From being a shy mum she became uninhibited, her sex drive rose and she also experienced urges to go shopping and splurge money on things such as a sports car and clothes.
She also became an incurable flirt and wanted to go clubbing. Unsurprisingly her behaviour caused huge issues between herself and partner of 23 years, Ken. And last year matters came to a head when the couple were arguing so much, they almost split up.
Their story is covered in a forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, Sex lies and Parkinson’s. Unfortunately there is no alternative to the drug she is on and in fact research is currently ongoing into why these drugs, which replace a substance in the brain missing in people with Parkinson’s, sometimes have this bizarre side effect.
Thankfully, since filming Vicki has had counselling and is learning to control her urges. And she and Ken are rebuilding their relationship.
A doctor from Parkinson’s UK was quoted in the feature. For more advice on Parkinson’s look at their website: Parkinson’s UK
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Cheryl Keye’s emotional true-life story about how her sister became a surrogate for her appeared in the SUNDAY PEOPLE newspaper at the weekend.
When Cheryl emailed me last week through Featureworld’s Sell My Story contact form, I knew it would make a wonderful read for a Sunday newspaper. And I wasn’t wrong as Cheryl’s story was snapped up by the Sunday People newspaper and on Easter Sunday, appeared over two pages.
Cheryl’s emotional story began when she found out at the age of 17 she suffered from a rare condition and had been born without a uterus. It was a devastating shock, not least because it made her feel less of a woman and she worried how she would explain it to any man.
However, in her early twenties she met her husband, Jason, and he reassured her it didn’t matter to him. However, they did both want children. They toyed with the idea of adoption but as Cheryl grew older, she began to wonder if it might be possible to have their own child – after all, although she doesn’t have a womb, she does have her ovaries.
The couple began considering surrogacy. But it was when Cheryl told younger sister Lyndsay their plans, she made them the most wonderful offer. She offered to carry their baby for them in her womb.
Eggs were retrieved from Cheryl and fertilised with Jason’s sperm and one was put back into Lyndsay’s womb. The fantastic result was last year Lyndsay gave birth to Elliot, Cheryl and Jason’s gorgeous son. He is now eight months old and has changed their lives beyond all belief. Needless to say, Cheryl and Jason are incredibly grateful for Lyndsay’s selfless gift to them.
This story is now due to appear in a national women’s weekly magazine, in another national newspaper and also in a monthly women’s magazine.
Cheryl said: “I really wanted to sell my story to give hope to others. However, when I first looked into selling my story, I had no idea how to go about it. But going through Alison has enabled us to place the story with a variety of publications so we really feel it is getting excellent coverage.”
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