Article thumbnail: Something has happened in the past few weeks that has made me actually yearn for a traditional Christmas. (Photo: Anastasiia Krivenok/ Getty Images)

I’m learning to love Christmas again after my husband’s addiction

I’m enjoying that feeling of festivity and experiencing slight regret at being away

I'm 40, single and childless - Christmas is the loneliest time of the year

I'm an introvert and loved living alone - until I got ill

Article thumbnail: An important tool has been fostering friendships with fellow live-aloners, whose lives have a similar rhythm to mine, writes Francesa Spector (Photo: martin-dm/ Getty Images/ Source E+)

I've tried for years to find a solid group of mum friends. I don't know what I'm doing wrong

Millions like me struggle with incontinence – the lack of public toilets is humiliating