World Day of the Sick

Posted on 23. Jan, 2008 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health

The 11th of February is a day when the Church celebrates the fifteenth World Day of the Sick. It is a day to remember those who are suffering and those who live every day with illness. One person who has lived with serious illness is Catherine Thronton.  In November 1999, she was diagnosed with breast […]

Open Heart House

Posted on 17. Oct, 2007 in Chronic illness, Community, Health, HIV/Aids

AIDS is a problem that we like to think doesn’t really exist in Ireland, but recent studies show that there are over 4,000 HIV+ people living here and over 300 people each year die from the disease.  Open Heart House was established as a place of welcome for people living with HIV or AIDS.   Miriam […]

Living With Arthritis

Posted on 03. Oct, 2007 in Chronic illness, Health

October 8th is the beginning of the Irish National Arthritis Week.  It is a week to support and empower the many people around the country living with the pain of arthritis.  But it’s also a week to highlight some unknown things about arthritis, such as the number of young people living with the condition.  Jeanann […]

Hospice Care for All

Posted on 16. May, 2007 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Death, Family, Health, Hospice

Some 30,000 people die each year in Ireland. While the vast majority of people want to die at home, two-thirds die in hospitals of one sort of another and 40% die in acute hospitals. The Irish Hospice Foundation has undertaken a hugely important project to introduce Hospice Principles into Hospital Practice.  Fr. Brian Nolan, a […]

World Day of the Sick Reflection

Posted on 07. Feb, 2007 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Health, Spirituality

Pope John Paul the second instituted World Day of Prayer for Sick People in 1992 when he set aside February 11, Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, as a day of prayer for the sick and for those who care for them. The day has continued to be celebrated annually. The theme for this year […]

Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on 04. Oct, 2006 in Cancer, Chronic illness, Health

A diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying, but delaying a visit for a check up can be fatal.  Miriam Gormally met Patrick Corley, a biochemist working as a research manager for the Irish Cancer Society and questioned him about reactions to a diagnosis of cancer, how we can overcome our fears and be encouraged to […]

Read for MS

Posted on 06. Sep, 2006 in Chronic illness, Health

It is estimated that there are 6,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland.  There are 41 branches of the MS society countrywide and they include counselling and home visits amongst their services. The MS Society has designated from October 13th to November 13th 2006 for the MS Readathon, which raises badly needed funds for […]

Hospital Superbugs

Posted on 25. May, 2005 in Chronic illness, Health

MRSA is a deadly superbug that breeds and thrives in hospital environments. With Ireland ranking number 3 in the MRSA league in Europe, Dearbhail McDonald speaks to Miriam Gormally about her recent report on the matter and the risk to Irish patients. She explains that a lack of basic hospital hygiene can cause the high […]