“I developed symptoms of anorexia when I was about 16 as I had been badly bullied when I was younger,” she says. “I was stressed about life, struggling with anxiety and just looking for a way to control the world around me which felt uncontrollable and scary. “Before long, my whole life became affected and I failed one of my final year college exams because I was so poorly. But after repeating the exam [in digital marketing] I eventually managed to graduate two years after the rest of my class, which left me isolated from my friends. I was afraid to go out and do things with them because, more often than not, these outings would involve food so I stopped going and lost motivation for my blog, work, everything — it was if I was in a relationship with my eating disorder.” Jess, who works as a cinema supervisor, says not only did anorexia affect her life, but also those around her. “My family suffered because of it and everything became a fight as … [Read more...] about ‘My eating disorder led to osteoporosis at age 26’
'I nearly died of blood disease on trip to Brazil' - Fair City star Independent.ie Fair City actor Rodrigo Ternevoy was left fighting for his life after contracting septicaemia on a recent trip home to Brazil. https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/health-features/i-nearly-died-of-blood-disease-on-trip-to-brazil-fair-city-star-38488220.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article38488218.ece/90815/AUTOCROP/h342/Rodrigo.PNG Email Fair City actor Rodrigo Ternevoy was left fighting for his life after contracting septicaemia on a recent trip home to Brazil. The actor, who plays Christiano in the popular soap, was rushed to hospital with chest pains but was then struck down by the deadly blood disease. The Brazilian star (35) who is originally from San Paulo returned to Ireland after spending weeks in hospital. "After an unexpected seven weeks of hospitals and doctors and surgery and wound dressings and intravenous medicines, I am finally well enough to return to … [Read more...] about ‘I nearly died of blood disease on trip to Brazil’
According to new research carried out on behalf of the RCSI, half of all Irish people surveyed say they use the internet to investigate potential health woes. The knee-jerk reaction to such a statistic is to fear that these keyboard patients are putting their health at risk by not heading directly for their GP's busy waiting room. But is the internet really such a bad place to venture when you're worried about your well-being? Several months ago, I was told I would need a biopsy on my breast. I was breastfeeding at the time and advised to stop to have the procedure. Reluctant to do so if not absolutely necessary, I sought other opinions online, contacting one of the world's leading lactation experts, Dr Jack Newman, via the web, as well as experts in La Leche League. Their response was that I did not have to stop breastfeeding. I went back to the surgeon who told me she too had done more research and agreed the biopsy could be done without cessation of breastfeeding. If it hadn't … [Read more...] about Kill or cure: how useful is Dr Google?
The disorder, which is characterised by excessive sleepiness, sleep paralysis and hallucinations, is often portrayed with slapstick comedy in Hollywood movies for laughs. But for Kristine Beck it's a daily nightmare which left her with devastating injuries when she fell down the stairs after falling asleep. "I went from being an independent, working mother to bed bound and unemployed," says the 28-year-old from Dublin. "The media portrays it to be a comical chronic neurological disorder - but that couldn't be further from the truth. "I have fallen asleep at a stop sign, in the hairdressers, and my three-year-old's most used phrase is 'wake up mammy'. I have hallucinations, I have conversations with people who aren't there and I can cook dinner in micro sleep and have no recollection of doing it." The marketing manager, who lives in Greenhills, south Dublin, with her fiance Ian and two children Logan (3) and Noah (1), developed Type 1 Narcolepsy with Cataplexy in April and has since … [Read more...] about ‘I fell down the stairs holding my then 10-month-old son’
This confused her. To Anna, her father seemed pretty ordinary – he worked 9-5 and watched Coronation Street in the evening. After a while she realised the word ‘amazing’ was code for her father’s disability – his blindness. “I used to think ‘he’s not amazing, he’s just blind’,” she said. Anna’s father John was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) in his teens; a degenerative condition which caused him to gradually lose his sight from his early 20s onwards. RP is a rare, genetic disorder that involves a breakdown and loss of cells in the retina—which is the light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. In Ireland, it is estimated that 1 in 4,000 people have RP. “My dad saw me when I was born,” Anna said. “But he was pretty much blind after that. With RP your peripheral vision goes first. It’s like you are seeing through a tunnel, then it fades. It was passed on from … [Read more...] about ‘He saw me when I was born, but his sight faded after that’