Welcome to my website and thank you for stopping by. Here I want to share my story about my health, wellness and daily management of my chronic invisible illness with you if you have any sort of problems with pain, I hope you will find my experience useful. On a practical level, I have included several free hypnotherapy downloads that are truly effective for focusing your mind and overcoming challenges.
Some people know me from my work in Media; I have worked in broadcasting both in production behind the camera and in front of the camera presenting shows such as Animal A&E for TV3 among others. I have also worked in radio for many years presenting various shows for Dublin’s Sunshine 106.8. It was my dream to work in the busy world of TV and radio and I love every minute of it despite my daily battle with pain.
In recent years I’ve been very lucky to be able to create new work from my love of writing – who knew all those diary entries would pay off! My memoir and self help book, Pain Free Life; My Journey to Wellness is out this year from Mercier Press. I also regularly write features for magazines like Women’s Way, and edit The Irish Wedding Diary magazine. I still enjoy journaling every day and find it vitally important to my wellness routine.
My life changed in 2013. After years of struggling to manage and hide my invisible illness, chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis and disk degeneration, I was told that an MRI scanhad found I had a rare brain disorder Chiari Malformation 1.
This truly made me STOP. I decided to take TIME OUT and effectively began to take charge of my own healing. I began a journey of wellness to try to manage my own chronic pain. I want to share what I have learned along the way about becoming an empowered patient and also how I believe we can use the power of our own sub conscious minds to change our health and our lives.
What Inspires me…
My work has always been a great source of inspiration in my life, my passion for highlighting animal cruelty and abandonment was central to my reasons for working on Animal A&E.
For the last two years I have focused on the whole area of chronic pain. I am passionate about highlighting awareness for this illness, which is the largest global health burden and although it is one of the biggest medical problems it is still under diagnosed, under resourced and remains a very complex condition and a challenge for both health care professionals and patients alike.
I currently sit on the board of Chronic Pain Ireland and I hope my story of living with constant pain will inspire others and provide insight for loved ones who want to support and understand the daily struggle of life with an invisible illness. I am working on presenting and producing a documentary series on the subject; I want more people to be talking about and understanding pain.
My hope is that pain will be considered a disease in its own right by the medical world, so people (like me) who struggle daily to cope, will be treated with the same urgency as any other patient with a chronic disease. Every person I have met through my work with Chronic Pain Ireland and my ‘Pain friends’ moves me, their strength, courage and resilience in the face of pain fires me up to keep going to promote awareness and understanding of the condition.
The loves of my life…
I am married and I feel so blessed to have the love and support of my husband David, my daughter Brooke and my beloved 4-legged child and constant companion Dash (my handsome Labrador retriever). The constant daily battle with pain can be relentless but my family are my sunshine, even on my darkest days they illuminate me, always willing me to have hope for tomorrow, and not let pain win today.