Monika Glennon is a Polish-born estate agent living in the US. One morning she got a frantic call from a colleague: an explicit post had been written about Monika, claiming she had an affair with a client and that she was a ‘homewrecker’. The story was fabricated, but as it became the first hit when you googled her name, Monika began to lose business, fell into a depression, and even feared for her life. Who was behind the post? She tells Jo Fidgen her shocking story. (Photo credit: Rich Ortiz.)
The war in Iraq and the war inside my head
As a teenager Zach Skiles joined the US military, hoping to save money for college. But then 9/11 happened and America invaded Iraq. Zach tried to avoid it, but as a marine he ended up in the invading force. His deployment was bloody and shocking, and he had panic attacks and nightmares. When Zach returned to the US, he struggled to cope with life after war. He started getting treatment, but then a horrifying shooting at his recovery centre proved another devastating event that Zach had to overcome. (Photo credit:Bennie Ranstrom.)
Raising my baby in a Thai prison
Vanessa Goosen’s life and career seemed to be going from strength to strength; she reached the semi-finals of the Miss South Africa modelling competition and had started her own fashion shop. That was all about to change after she agreed to bring four engineering books back from Thailand for a friend in Johannesburg. She's written a book about her ordeal, it's called Drug Muled: Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison: The Vanessa Goosen Story.
Image: Vanessa Goosen
Credit: Magna of Magnificent Photography
Born the wrong colour - so I had to die
A sneaky teenager and an envelope of apartheid secrets. Sara-Jayne King tells Andile Masuku that she was born in Johannesburg, but adopted in the UK. When she was a teenager Sara-Jayne discovered what her birth mum was willing to do to cover the shame of having a mixed race baby. She has written a memoir about her life called 'Killing Karoline'.
And Andile takes us to the top of Johannesburg's Westcliff Steps, a popular training spot for walkers and runners, to meet Masingita Masunga. Masingita was always told she would never run or drive, because she has cerebral palsy, but she doesn't listen to people who try to limit her. Masingita's just completed a marathon, climbed Africa's highest peak - Mount Kilimanjaro - and she drove from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo Egypt.
Image: Sara-Jayne as a child
Credit: Sara-Jayne King
From bedridden granny to dancing queen
A few years ago Cathrine Mathebe was overweight, unwell and unable to walk without assistance. Today she is the founder of Bophelong Fitness Club in the township of Tembisa, South Africa, where she leads hundreds of women in a dancing-aerobics class. Outlook's Nomsa Maseko got her tutu on and went to join in one of Cathrine's workouts.
Image: (L) Nomsa Maseko and (R) Cathrine Mathebe