Living with HIV‘It’s not gone away. It’s still here…there are so many that are living in silence’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Liz Martin was diagnosed with HIV in the early 90s following a relationship with a drug user. She appeared on the Ray Darcy Show to give an insight into living with HIV, the developments in treatment and the prejudice she still faces. At the time of Liz’s diagnosis, there was a lot of misinformation and scare-mongering surrounding HIV. As Liz …

The Health Halo Effect‘What we actually need is a new imagination of what marketing is, rather than, how much more junk can we shove into people.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s something of a paradox that at a time when public awareness of the health effects of overeating are at an all-time high, we’re told that we’re heading towards an unprecedented obesity crisis. Norah Campbell, Assistant Professor of Critical Marketing at Trinity College, Dublin, joined Seán to try to work through the reasons why this might be. She started with …

Sugar Free Life‘From research in other countries … the research has shown that sugar tax works in initially but not long term’

As heard on The Marian Finucane Show

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From next April the price of sugary drinks is set to rise as the new sugar tax kicks in. Many of us are guilty of indulging too much sugar from time to time. Registered dietician Aoife Hearne, was invited on The Marian Finucane Show to talk us through minimising some of the sugar in our lives before we start being …

Lung Transplant Recipient to run NY Marathon‘When you get a gift of life from a donor, it drives you on. There’s a fire burning in me’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In September 2015, forty-one-year-old father of three David Crosby was given a devastating diagnosis and just two years to live.  David had IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis), a progressive non-curable disease which involves a hardening and scarring of the lungs.  He shares the experience of receiving that diagnosis with Sean O’Rourke. “I got a bad cough.  Going up stairs it was …

Fashion Designer, Lisa McCabe on Fibromyalgia‘How can anyone without money cope with this?’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Model, blogger, entrepreneur and designer, Lisa McCabe started her career as a fashion designer when she left University some years ago. At the age of 29, Lisa also has a condition called Fibromyalgia which creates huge challenges for her in life and for her career because of its unpredictability. Lisa told Ryan that Fibromyalgia is a new condition that people …

Living with PKU‘I’ve wrestled her as a toddler for a chicken cube that fell under the table.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Every baby born in Ireland gets a heel prick test within the first five to seven days. As parents of new-borns know, it’s not a happy occasion, but it is vital as it tests for a variety of illnesses and conditions. When her daughter Maria was ten days old, Bernadette Gilroy got a call from the maternity ward in Sligo …

Victoria Derbyshire ‘I have an amazing family, I have amazing friends, I have a job that I love and I had no idea if this breast cancer was going to kill me’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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BBC broadcaster Victoria noticed a difference in one of her breasts one night.  Little did she know that it would change the course of her life and become the subject of a popular video diary and subsequent book.  She shared her story with Ray D’Arcy. “When I was getting ready for bed, I noticed that the right breast looked lower …

Patsy Morrissey on Respite Care ‘We were 25 years married before we had a holiday’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The plight of carers in Ireland and the support they receive is one we are all aware of, however, it can sometimes take a single voice to focus on the harsh reality. Patsy Morrissey joined Sean O’Rourke to explain the impact changes in respite care in Enniscorthy have had on his family’s life.  Patsy and his wife Madeline have 4 children. …