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Celebrity Trainer Gunnar Peterson Reveals His 4-Year-Old Daughter Is Battling Leukemia

Celebrity Trainer Gunnar Peterson Reveals His 4-Year-Old Daughter Is Battling Leukemia

Celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson took to Instagram on Wednesday to share some heartbreaking news about his 4-year-old daughter, Monroe. Peterson shared a series of photos showing his young daughter resting in a hospital bed, and revealed that she is battling for her life after being diagnosed with leukemia. “This is going to be longer, and cathartically different from my usual fare. Forewarned is forewarned. Life changing turn. Our perfect 4 year old daughter, Monroe Vivian Peterson (MVP, see that?!) had a nagging cough, on and off fever, and an odd pallor to her for a few days last week. Typical kid stuff,” Peterson captioned the post. “Then my wife noticed bruising on her legs which was odd since she hadn’t been very active because of the other symptoms, and she took her to the hospital.” “Fast forward 4 days: White blood cell count KO’d. Platelets in the toilet. Hemoglobin number lower than a soccer game final. Hematocrit front row on the struggle bus. Needs immediate transfusion(s). Has to have bone marrow biopsy. Flow cytometry. Spinal tap(s). Chemotherapy. And finally, Make-A-Wish candidate. She has AML leukemia,” Peterson wrote. …

In Sweden, we’re smug about our ‘neutrality’. The truth is not so squeaky clean | Gunnar Ardelius

In Sweden, we’re smug about our ‘neutrality’. The truth is not so squeaky clean | Gunnar Ardelius

The civil defence minister recently issued Swedes with the warning that “there could be war in Sweden”. The reactions were swift and loud: many people said they felt scared, others protested about the needlessly alarmist tone. The military commander-in-chief, who backed up the warning, was accused of being a warmonger. Deep down, most of us Swedes are still convinced that nothing bad can happen to us and that our neutrality, a synonym for our goodness, will protect us. Sweden formally applied to join Nato in 2022 and has been stuck in the US-led alliance’s waiting room first by the political grandstanding of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and now by Viktor Orbán, who is holding up ratification as part of another poker game within the EU. But as Sweden prepares to abandon its cherished neutrality to join the alliance, it is time we stopped flattering ourselves and our history. We have never been a neutral country. Our “neutrality” has had nothing to do with goodness or moral supremacy, rather with the ability to disregard our neighbours. …

I drank to escape loneliness. But it was only when I stopped that I found the love I craved | Gunnar Ardelius

I drank to escape loneliness. But it was only when I stopped that I found the love I craved | Gunnar Ardelius

It is an unusually cold December morning. The thermometer says it is -21C. The sky is dark blue. Here and there a star flickers. It has been more than 16 years since my last drink – my wife and three children have never seen me touch alcohol – but still I remind myself every morning that waking up refreshed, relaxed and with the people I love is not something to take for granted. Everything is white. The trees seem to be covered in icing. I hold my five-year-old boy’s hand and lead him to the car. We are on our way to preschool. This is all perfectly ordinary to him. The snow squeaks under our feet. It sounds like we are walking on potato starch. The first time I got drunk was a bright summer’s night in a northern suburb of Stockholm. I was 13, hanging out with my mates from the high-rises. We had got hold of a couple of six-packs and forced the lukewarm beer down our throats. After a while I felt …