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Live your dreams

The diagnosis of a low-grade glioma obviously turns your world upside down.  For many people it is time to take stock of their lives and to make changes for the better, so that they can really make the most of every day.  Often these people believe that their attitude gives them extra years of quality life as well as many happy memories. So, once you have your symptoms under control, you could use the time between scans to make all those changes and do all those things that you kept meaning to do but never quite got around to… without feeling guilty about taking time out for yourself.

Perhaps you will contemplate taking a holiday - somewhere special where you have always promised yourself you'd visit but never quite got round to!  Finding the right holiday insurance can be quite complicated when you have a pre-existing medical condition.  To help find the right insurance for you, click here.

There are a number of charities who take enormous pleasure in helping you to live your dreams. They either organise free special days out, or they offer free or heavily subsidised holidays.  Please click here for a list of UK based organizations, and below are some ideas to get you thinking, but why not give one of the charities a ring and see what else you can dream up between you!

You could finally make it to The Edinburgh Festival, pitch a tent at The Glastonbury Festival ... or try the resurrected Isle of Wight Festival.

My Village covers everything from restaurants to concerts & exhibitions in your local area.

For tickets to sporting events, theatre, concerts and more, try Premier Events Tel.0207 283 4040 or Ticketmaster Tel.0207 316 4709

To book tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show, you can access the Royal Horticultural Society.

Take a Walk on a beautiful beach with a Blue Flag award www.blueflag.org ...or join an organised exploration with the Ramblers Association http://www.ramblers.org.uk. Have you tried Nordic Walking yet? It's a fun way to get an upper body workout at the same time as striding out through the countryside..or if you just want to get some inspiration for the perfect walk then try Go4aWalk.com.

Dig a vegetable patch & have a go at Growing Your Own with advice from from Garden Organic, the national charity for organic growing.

Trace your roots via The UK National Archives database.

Inspired by the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing? Check out www.ballroomdancers.com to find a partner, teacher or take an online dance lesson. Then you could arrange a trip through Club Dance Holidays and Salsa in Cuba, Flamenco in Seville, Ballroom Dance in Sorrento or Belly Dance in Morocco.

Be a rock star at last (OK, maybe only in your front room). Free tabs for lead guitar, bass guitar and drums are at http://www.mxtabs.net.

To find singing, piano or keyboard lessons in your area let your fingers do the walking through Yellow Pages or simply join in with The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall in London if you like to be part of something big!

Rosetta Life offers people living with a life threatening illness the chance to write, sing, make a video, a picture, a website, or take photographs about those personal experiences that matter. Tel: 020 7520 8270

Get physically involved in helping the environment with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers or The National Trust .

For Holistic Holidays, Yoga, Walking and Relaxation Breaks try the Neal’s Yard Agency ('The Travel Agent for Inner Journeys' Holiday & Events Guide").

If you've always wanted to see the Northern Lights, check out http://www.aurorahunter.com/aurora-prediction.php And FAQs on the Northern Lights http://odin.gi.alaska.edu/FAQ/.

Your local College of Further Education will offer numerous courses in everything from pottery to textiles, languages, cookery and beauty therapies. Many courses won’t cost you a penny. Discover the opportunities in your area via the Education section of Yellow Pages.

The Workers’ Educational Association run short courses on every subject imaginable, mostly on an informal basis with no exams to take. They are the largest voluntary provider of adult education in the UK.

If you’re interested in Nutrition, why not do the Home Study Course with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. You have got between 12 weeks and a year to complete it if you want to take the exam, or take as long as you like and do it purely for your own interest.

To find a Pilates teacher near you, use the 'Studios' link from Pilates Foundation UK.

A good place to start if you want to find out more about T’ai Chi is www.taichido.com.

The British Wheel of Yoga is recognised by the Sports Councils as the Governing Body for Yoga in the UK. The Iyengar Yoga Institute can put you in touch with Iyengar Yoga Teachers both in the UK and around the world.

There are a number of charities who take enormous pleasure in helping you to live your dreams. They either organise free special days out, or they offer free or heavily subsidised holidays.