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How this Woman turned her Cancer Diagnosis around

AN INSPIRING young woman who dressed up her facial differences with glamorous patches after losing an eye to cancer is now fundraising for lifesaving treatment, as the melanoma has spread to her brain.
Jessica Van Zeil, 23, from Melbourne, was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of ocular cancer and had lifesaving surgery to remove the affected area in October last year.
It resulted in the removal of her entire eye and eyelids, forcing surgeons to close the socket and making most prosthetics incompatible with her wound.

Jess’s entire eye and eyelids were removed, which meant surgeons had to close up the eye socket. Picture: Caters News
Despite learning to embrace her new face by wearing her trademark jazzy eye-patches, Jess’s life was thrown into turmoil once more when she experienced a life-changing seizure just weeks ago.
It led doctors to discover the cancer had spread to her brain which was haemorrhaging, causing her to lose control over the right side of her body.
After surgery to remove the tumour, doctors found four more spots that can only be treated with a special immune fighting therapy, costing around $30,000 per treatment.
Now friends and family have rallied around to support inspiring Jess in the fight of her life, and launched a crowd funding site to help her reach the $130,000 target for the treatment she recently began.

Jess now wears funky eye patches to hide the closed socket. Picture: Caters News
Jess said: “I’ve had a red spot on my eye for as long as I can remember. Mum used to take me to the doctors as a kid but was always told it was nothing to worry about.
“It was when I turned 20, that it started to change. It became raised and itchy and eventually after numerous tests, I was told I had conjunctival melanoma.
“Despite surgery to remove the cancerous moles that had developed, things progressed rapidly and I was told the only option was to remove my entire eye in a bid to save my life.
“It was terrifying, but I did what I needed to do to survive. Afterwards, I decided to make the most of a bad situation and wear colourful, dazzling eye-patches to cover the gap where my eye had once been.

Jess and her mum. Picture: Caters News
“I was just getting back into the swing of things when I had the seizure and everything changed.
“Life was good. I was studying again and I’d even got my drivers licence back after having to learn to drive again with just the one eye.
“I wasn’t prepared for the news that the cancer was back, this time in my brain. It didn’t seem fair.”
The melanoma has now spread to Jess’ brain and was haemorrhaging, causing pressure on the brain which resulted in a terrifying seizure.
Jess said: “I was at home in the bathroom when I started to notice the little toe on my right foot twitching.
“Within seconds the sensation had spread up my entire right side of my body and I passed out.
“When I came to, paramedics surrounded me. At the hospital, they discovered that the melanoma was now on my brain. I was completely devastated.”

Jess wearing one of her signature patches. Picture: Caters News
Before the cancer returned, Jess had been doing well and had grabbed her second chance at life with both hands.
She said: “After having my eye removed, it took some getting used to. The first time I saw myself in a mirror, was quite daunting. I was shocked at how ‘normal’ I looked. It wasn’t gory and in its own way beautiful.
“But whenever I went out, I always got lots of questions. So I decided I wanted to dress up my differences and make it something to really look at.
“I bought the prettiest eye-patches online, bright ones and sparkly ones, anything that looked glamorous and caught people’s attention.
“They became my signature look and I loved wearing them. When I felt down, I’d wear a colourful patch and would feel instantly happier.
“Wearing my patches also gave me the confidence to go face the world. They were an important part of me.”

Jess wearing a cute Lilo and Stitch eye patch. Picture: Caters Ne


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Delhi-Based Couple’s Wedding Invite Is Going Viral..Here’s Why

A Delhi-based couple has decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations and it’s going viral on Twitter.

Marriage is a union of two people, who begin a new lease of life by taking vows and making their way into a beautiful commitment! To celebrate the unison, an extravagant affair is planned that last for almost a week. And when it comes to Indian weddings, people sometimes go the extra mile to make their D-day memorable. A Delhi-based couple is the latest addition to the list, who decided to invite people to their wedding with their hatke invitations.

Twitter handle, @Stuprous_doctor, a short while ago tweeted the images of a trendy wedding invite, said to be that of Suresh Kumar and Vidhya Priyanka BD, and Twitterati just lost it. Molded in the form of an iPhone, allegedly created by Kumar’s cousin, the invites is generating a hype for its interesting design. In accordance to a BuzzFeed report, Kumar said that despite the fact that theirs was an arranged marriage, it was speedy to bloom into love and they wanted to publicize their big decision in a “weird, quirky way” to the world.

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Meet this lucky man who gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes

‘John’ is 60, divorced, and gets paid to have s3x with prostitutes. Well, “more often than not it’s just a handjob” he says.

He is one of several private investigators being hired in Australia as ‘brothel busters’, who pose as regular customers in order to unearth illegal s3x work.

“I’m pretty sure plenty of fellas would be a bit envious of how I’m earning a bit of pocket money from time to time,” he told, replying when asked whether it was a good retirement gig: “Oh, most definitely.”

His job is necessary because authorities have little power to access premises without a court order, making it difficult to bust the brothels posing as massage parlours that are ubiquitous in New South Wales.

John can provide them with highly graphic detail about the services on offer however, filing reports that can run for up to three pages and include dates, times, people, places, who, what, when, where and how much.

“It’s a document that will be used in court, so it has to be pretty detailed and very accurate. It’s not something you can waddle off in a couple of minutes,” he said.

More often than not, he claims, the parlours are fronts.

“If you looked hard enough, you might be able to find a massage parlour that doesn’t offer s3xual services,” he said. “In my experience there have only been three premises where I have gone in and not been offered that service some time during the course of the treatment.”

John notes that while some offer intercourse which he obligingly accepts, “more often than not it’s just a handjob. They just want to get it over and done with and get the next one in.”

Lachlan Jarvis, managing director of private investigation firm Lyonswood, is in charge of hiring undercover s3x investigators.

“We prefer people who are single, and obviously they have to be willing to undertake s3xual activity,” he told

 “I’m not surprised that some people would say that spending ratepayers’ money on the services we provide is outrageous, but they don’t understand that we help stop s3x trafficking, for example.”
John counts himself lucky to have what is a fairly relaxed and flexible job.
“It’s not your typical nine-to-five, Monday-to-Friday job,” he said. “There are no time constraints, and there’s never been a stage where I’ve felt threatened or worried about my safety.”
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Once She was a Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Now France’s Education Minister! Inspirational Story.

Once A Shepherd Girl In Morocco, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem Is Now France’s Education Minister!
Everybody dreams of making it big in life but very few determined souls really act upon it. The story of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is a testament to this, who overcame all the obstacles life laid at her feet and carved her own destiny.
Once a shepherd girl of four – who fetched water from the well – Najat moved to France with her family and faced the real world full of opportunities as well as struggles. The Moroccan girl who had no proficiency in French learnt the language by the end of her first year in college.
“The fact of leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s root can be painful, my father had already found his place, but for us, for my mother, it was very difficult to get our bearings.”

Najat inherited hard work and resourcefulness from her father who laid strict rules for his daughters – no boys and no nightclubs till the age of 18. As a result, the girls completely surrendered themselves to studies.
Najat’s sister, Fatiha, is a lawyer in Paris.
While studying at the University of Amiens, Najat got the opportunity to pursue higher education with the prestigious Institut d’études politiques de (also known as Sciences Po). This set her on the path winding the political landscape in France.

Najat worked two jobs to take the financial load off her parents while pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration. It is during this time she met Boris Vallaud, a fellow student, and the two married in 2005.

Najat’s political career began with her joining the Socialist Party as an adviser to the mayor of Lyon. She later ran for elections and won the seat of the Councillor. In 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Women’s Affairs by François Hollande, the then Socialist president.
In 2014, she served as the Minister of Women’s Right, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. In a major cabinet shuffle, she was promoted to serve as the Minister of Education. While advising the youth who want to participate in the country’s politics, Najat said, “I have always advised the youths to get involved in politics. The best way to be happy with your future is by playing a part in it. If you’re just a spectator of collective fate, you’re bound to feel frustrated.”

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