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The Good News Edition [01/08/2020]

by InvisiblyMe
Horizontal rainbow stripes on a white background are to the top, done in what looks like chalk paint. On top is a real sunflower head. Below this is the post title in black against the white background : The good news edition.
Horizontal rainbow stripes on a white background are to the top, done in what looks like chalk paint. On top is a real sunflower head. Below this is the post title in black against the white background : The good news edition.

Let’s face it, the news can be depressing at the best of times but all the more recently, and all the negativity can be overwhelming. It can take a bit of digging to find the goodness, so I’ve pulled out a few brighter stories to share with you to show there are some positive things happening in the world. Here’s the latest Good News Edition – Enjoy!

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Spine Fix For China’s ‘Folding Man’

A 46 year old Chinese man, referred to as the ‘folding man’, lived with a significantly deformed spine for more than 25 years. Li Hua was diagnosed age 19 with ankylosing spondylitis, which led to the spinal deformation that saw his face becoming pressed against his thighs. For over 25 years he’s ben unable to walk properly, eat or stand upright. He’s been through four high-risk surgeries to fix his back and he’s now finally recovering and starting to be able to walk again! 

The Good News Goat Gets Prosthetic Limbs

Two goats Anna and Elsa, named after Disney’s Frozen characters, were not treated well by their owner. Years later, Anna was taken in by the Yourth family in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Poor Anna had lost her hind legs and much of her front legs in 2015 due to frostbite after she was born during an arctic freeze. She’s now been given four new prosthetic legs and a new lease of life with her new family. She’s now a surrogate mum to a triplet of goats that lost their mother, taking it upon herself to look after the little ones. You can read more about Anna here.

Africa Is Finally Free From Wild Polio

This isn’t just good news, this is potentially fantastic news. After decades of hard work and heartache, Africa has finally been declared to be free from wild polio, a virus that can kill or cause irreversible paralysis. Because it has been four years since the last known case was recorded, in northern Nigeria, the ARCC (Africa Regional Certification Commission) has declared the continent to be free of the virus.

The combined efforts and perseverance of healthcare workers, governments, residents, international health bodies, campaign groups, and community volunteers have paid off. Sadly too many have been affected by polio, with estimates suggesting that in 1996 alone 75,000 children were paralysed by the condition in Africa. Over the years, there has been a lot of political unrest and violence with the insurgency killing at least 67 frontline health workers in northern Nigeria alone. To make vaccination efforts more challenging were rumours of vaccinations being unsafe as strains of the virus spread across different regions of Africa. 

The focus now, says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation regional director for Africa, is on improving the quality of life of the survivors.  You can read more about the virus eradication here.

Cocker Spaniel Becomes Quail Chick’s Surrogate Mamma

The Eyre family live in Northumberland, near Hadrian’s Wall. Izzy Eyre’s quail sadly died after laying its eggs, so she incubated the eggs. Only one hatched and would be motherless were it not for the family’s cocker spaniel Meg stepping in. Meg has become a sweet surrogate for the little bird, aptly known as ‘Little Chick’. You can read more about Meg & Little Chick here.

The Truth Behind Perfect Photos

Danae Mercer, an influencer from Dubai, shows the truth behind some of the perfect photos. 

With over 750,000 followers, Danae has thrown light on the ways in which perfect is produced, and how something as small as a little extra lighting or a different post can turn perfection into the reality of stretch marks, wobbly bits and cellulite.

In a time where we’re continually bombarded with pressures and idealistic versions of what we ‘should’ look like, I love this kind of honesty. We’re human, we’re not flawless mannequins living up to impossible expectations. It’s time we embrace every roll, stretch mark & all the cellulite! You can read more & check out some of Danae’s photos here.

Morrison’s Security Guard Holds Umbrella For Dog

A little kindness can be very heartwarming, as was the case with a security guard at Morrison’s supermarket was seen sheltering Freddie, a gorgeous golden retriever waiting for his owner, with his own umbrella in the rain.

A photo shared on social media of a security guard at Morrison's holding a large green umbrella over a golden retriever's head in the rain as he waits patiently for his owner to return.

Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated In 12 Hour Surgery

A pair of 13-month-old conjoined twins were successfully separated in an epic yet delicate operation that lasted half a day.

Truc Nhi and Dieu Nhi will face a long recovery process but the surgery appears to have been a great success and the girls are said to be doing as well as possible. Separating the twins required 100 medics working for around 12 hours at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. You can read more about the sisters here.

Elephants Receive CBD For Stress

I shared this recently on the InvisiblyMe Facebook page because this treatment is likely the first of its kind to be trialled in such a way. The Warsaw zoo has begun trialling their three African elephants on medical marijuana in a bid to help their stress levels. The herd’s alpha female died recently, so the bereaved elephants are getting the CBD at an optimal time. With CBD, there’s no euphoria and no side-effects have been noted. Unlike traditional pharmaceutical, CBD doesn’t appear to cause harmful effects on other organs either.

The zoo has said it will likely take around two years before they get conclusive findings, but if it helps, they could look at providing marijuana therapy to other animals in captivity. You can read more about the elephants receiving CBD here.

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Have you heard any good news lately?

Caz ♥

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42 comments

Looking for the Light September 1, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Whan i log in manually it works, when I try to login thru the WP, FB or Twitter widgets it won’t work. I’ll just do manual. I wonder what the dosage of CBD is for the elephant!!!!!
I’m ready to add the sponsored part of my text and anchor text, have no clue what to do. Ruth is trying to help me but I can’t fugure out how to send her a screenshot. I feel so techically behind all the sudden. If I get this one done i should be in good shape because my pitch was horrible. Have a great day.

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:01 pm

I don’t know what’s going on with the WP glitch, there are often strange things happening with comments, likes and so on. I’m glad you found a way around the issue to comment here. I messaged you on Twitter about the images and sponsored text, I’m not sure if it helped or not. I hope you managed to get there in the end but if not, don’t panic too much. It’s all been a big learning curve, so something positive will come out of all the stress at the end.xx

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kachaiweb September 1, 2020 - 3:30 pm

What a lovely post <3 I remember to hold the umbrella for my dog, to walk with a nice straight back because I can and to embrace that roll of fat that I'm currently not showing the love it deserves!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 2:55 pm

I love your take on the stories! ???? Embrace every roll & I’m sure your spine will thank you for walking tall! xx

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Sandee September 1, 2020 - 3:32 pm

What a happy post, Caz. With all the stress going on around the world it’s nice to see such positive news. You’ve made my day. Thank you.

Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Aww I’m so glad you liked the positive news, Sandee! A little more good news is definitely welcome these days. Have a lovely end to your week ???? xx

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Lorna September 1, 2020 - 3:48 pm

Did you watch Some Good News with John Krasinski on YouTube? I think it’s been picked up by another network, too.

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Ooo no I haven’t, but I’ll have to go check it out, thanks! xx

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ashleyleia September 1, 2020 - 3:48 pm

What fabulous news!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 2:59 pm

There’s definitely good news out there, even if we have to search a while to find it ???? xx

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Masha September 1, 2020 - 4:22 pm

I refuse to allow any negative energy into my life and so I rarely read the news, but I’ll read good news. Thanks for posting. xoxo

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:02 pm

Refusing to allow negative energy into your life is a strong, powerful stance to take. I think I might need to do that a little bit because there’s a lot of negativity, fear, worry and so on of late. Good news is always a welcome change! xx

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johnrieber September 1, 2020 - 4:29 pm

Nice to have positivity – much needed!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:05 pm

It really is much-needed. I hope you can find some goodness in this week, John! x

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Liz September 1, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Lovely good news. Thanks for the post Caz. X

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:06 pm

I hope you liked it, Liz, thanks. I hope there’s a bit of good news in your own life just around the corner, it’s certainly overdue ???? xx

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Terri, Reclaiming Hope September 1, 2020 - 6:51 pm

Wow, thanks for sharing some absolutely fabulous news on several fronts Caz! It’s so nice to see some uplifting news for a change. The media, at least here in the US, seems so intent on bombarding us with the terrible things happening, when in reality, there are lots of good things happening as well. Thank you for shining a spotlight on some of the good ones for us!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:08 pm

I find the same thing, Terri. It’s bad news after even worse news, 24/7. It takes a little digging to find the good news but it is there, just hiding underneath for us to find. It’s like a breath of fresh air hearing some positive stories for a change! I hope this week is treating you kindly lovely xx

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Darnell Cureton September 1, 2020 - 6:58 pm

Happy News! The world could use as much as we can find! Thanks Caz!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:19 pm

Amen to that. Good things are happening in the world, so we just need to find the stories and surround ourselves with more goodness to outweigh all of the fear, worry and negativity! I hope you’re hanging in there okay, Darnell. Take good care & stay safe x

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Tim O'Connor September 2, 2020 - 5:00 am

Thank you. These were marvellous stories. For some reason the elephants taking CBD gave me the biggest smile. I did not expect that.

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:36 pm

It’s an interesting story & I really do hope that CBD can help those sweet elephants. I’m really pleased you liked the post, Tim. Thank you for the comment – I hope the rest of the week treats you well ????

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Jay September 2, 2020 - 5:38 am

xo
Thanks for the good news injection!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:38 pm

You’re very welcome. A regular dose is much-needed! xx

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Dolphin Girl September 2, 2020 - 8:03 am

These were all really interesting to read. Thanks for sharing Caz and bringing joy… you always do – bring joy…
Love, light, and glitter

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:39 pm

Aww thank you lovely! I’m really glad you liked the post. I hope you’re keeping as well as possible – enjoy the rest of your week ???? xx

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Animalcouriers September 2, 2020 - 9:40 am

Some thoroughly lovely stories! Thanks for the smiles 😀

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:41 pm

You’re very welcome – I’m glad you liked the good news & I hope it’s a good week so far for you! ????

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Laura Beth September 2, 2020 - 2:09 pm

Thank you for this post – A much-needed dose of positive news!

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:42 pm

It really is much-needed, now more than ever with all the dire news coming at us constantly. I hope you liked it, thanks for the comment. Take good care of yourself, Laura ???? xx

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Michelle September 3, 2020 - 12:03 pm

I love all the good news!! It’s definitely needed right now.

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:42 pm

It really is! Good news is out there, we just don’t tend to hear it very often unfortunately! xx

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mentalhealth360.uk September 3, 2020 - 1:51 pm

Love it Caz. The umbrella, the ‘lighting’ photos and particularly the Elephants on CBD oil 😉

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InvisiblyMe September 3, 2020 - 3:46 pm

I’m really pleased you liked the good new stories, fellow Caz ???? I’m also really hoping those elephants can benefit from the CBD, fingers crossed! xx

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InspiresN September 3, 2020 - 6:34 pm

Wonderful to see some positive side of things and news !

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Invisibly Me September 9, 2020 - 11:02 am

It really is, isn’t it? Hope you liked the good news – have a great week, Nisha! xx

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Holly September 4, 2020 - 1:42 am

Ahhh, I LOVE this post, Caz! It’s like a breath of fresh air. Your good news was much needed to lift my weary spirits today. Thank you sweet friend. ????

Goodness, that “folding man” story nearly brings me to tears. I cannot imagine the pain he must have been in at all times? Perhaps the brain and body adjusted to the change, but still, it looks terribly debilitating. God bless his heart! I can only imagine the road of recovery he is on, but I’m betting his gratitude for the change far exceeds any discomfort he faces. Wow, remarkable man he is!

I love what Danae is doing too, and I’m grateful you featured her story. I was unfamiliar with her work until you mentioned it on Twitter. You’re right – it’s about high time that this body fixation for women ends. To be dehumanized in such a way is heartbreaking. How much living have we missed out on simply because we were too focused on some superficial BS? It’s amazing…

All of this post is incredible and truly lifted my spirits. Love you for sharing this! We all need as much good news as we can get! ???? ~ Holly

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Invisibly Me September 9, 2020 - 11:02 am

I’m really glad you liked the good news, Holly! How’re you doing this week? I hope those weary spirits are a little brighter.

Good news seems hard to find, especially in recent days, but it is there. That man brought me to tears too. It’s hard to imagine living like he did for so long. I really, truly do hope it’s a smoother road ahead for him.

I’m thinking of doing a post on perfection and how these sorts of crazy ideals in society are so dangerous, when really it’s all a load of BS. It’s one of those topics I get so angry about though, so I’ll have to try to rein it in otherwise it’ll take three hours for people to read!

Take good care of yourself lovely. I hope this week is kind to you. Sending love ???? xx

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englishwithkirsty September 4, 2020 - 2:39 pm

Aww, so good to see some good news stories. That golden retriever story reminded me of a friend who did it for my retriever – not for me, the umbrella was only shared with my dog!
Have a good weekend X

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Invisibly Me September 9, 2020 - 10:59 am

Awww hahah the dog comes first! ????
Glad you liked the good news, Kirsty. I think we need more of this goodness, especially this year! xx

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The Oceanside Animals September 5, 2020 - 9:21 pm

Lulu: “It’s no coincidence that two of these stories involved us dogs!”

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Invisibly Me September 9, 2020 - 10:57 am

Cute dogs are always good news! ????

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