Backstory Mash-up - Recovery

In this week’s mash-up we hear a selection of stories on the theme of recovery. First we hear from from Jilly Moss whose little girl Alba contracted what turned out to be measles before her first vaccination. Jilly tells how frightening it was when no -one could recognise the illness and her daughter became so ill. This interview is with Claire on the phone - so apologies for the sound quality. 

We also hear from Dave who became obsessed by his weight and describes his recovery from anorexia (season 4 episode 2) and finally Tiff’s story of recovery which is absolutely remarkable as she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer (season 3 episode 4) but to the amazement of her rugby-playing husband Tom Youngs and her daughter Maisie and the rest of her family she was told that the cancer had gone. 

Our podcast recommendation is Emily Eavis on BBC's Desert Island Discs and Jon Ronson's audible original: The Last Days of August.

Trigger warnings for this episode: anorexia, cancer.


Help and support:

NHS website advice on measles

Beat - eating disorders

Macmillan -cancer support

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Music credits:

Main theme:

Title: Nancy

Author: Grimo (


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