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“I was struggling with everything… it was a struggle to talk to people” – Donegal footballer’s concussion hell 7 months ago

“I was struggling with everything… it was a struggle to talk to people” – Donegal footballer’s concussion hell

The Termon woman played the full hour last Saturday evening as Donegal defeated Monaghan by 14 points in the Ulster semi-final.

That she can be expected to face Armagh in …
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Two holidays worth €1500 up for grabs in Summer Shape Up 2018! 7 months ago

Two holidays worth €1500 up for grabs in Summer Shape Up 2018!

How would you like to get in shape AND be in with the chance of winning one of two holidays worth €1500?

Letterkenny gym trainer Emmet Rushe is bringing …
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How to lose friends and alienate people 7 months ago

How to lose friends and alienate people

By  •  Health

People like to feel comfortable.

No matter what the situation is, for most people, if they feel comfortable in their surroundings, they will be quite happy where they are.

This …
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Why don’t you like me? – The flip side of fitness and social media 8 months ago

Why don’t you like me? – The flip side of fitness and social media

By  •  Health

Social media is fake.

It’s as fake as can be.

It’s driven by our need to be liked and this is being misused daily.

We judge our lives on what …
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Are you stressed? 8 months ago

Are you stressed?

By  •  Health

We all know how important self-care is for our mind and body. However it is very difficult to practice self-care if we are stressed and do not recognise that we …
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Forum plans to bring the feel-good factor to Finn Valley 8 months ago

Forum plans to bring the feel-good factor to Finn Valley

There will be something for everyone when Finn Valley Community Health Forum (FVCHF) host their 2nd Annual ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ on Thursday 14 June.

Everyone is welcome to attend …
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‘I lost nearly a third of my life to Lyme disease’ 8 months ago

‘I lost nearly a third of my life to Lyme disease’

Emma Doherty from Gleneely has been plagued with the life-changing illness of Lyme Disease for the past 11 years. The primary school teacher was once an active and energetic woman, …
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‘I could not bear the thought of leaving my children to cope without me’ 8 months ago

‘I could not bear the thought of leaving my children to cope without me’

For many years, Trish Hegarty’s worst fear was facing pregnancy and cancer together.

She had come through a breast cancer battle with two young children, but the worry that …
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Meet Heidi – the Donegal baby given a ‘zero per cent’ chance 8 months ago

Meet Heidi – the Donegal baby given a ‘zero per cent’ chance

By  •  Health

It was in a small room of Letterkenny University hospital when Ballindrait couple Louise and Eddie heard the sentence that turned their lives upside down.

After her 12-week scan in …
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Should you be hungry on a diet? 8 months ago

Should you be hungry on a diet?

By  •  Health

I am currently on a ‘diet’.

By ‘diet’, I mean that I am currently in a phase of my training where I am dropping body fat.

The goal of this …
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Donegal Women’s Centre records huge increase in smear test inquiries 8 months ago

Donegal Women’s Centre records huge increase in smear test inquiries

In light of the recent CervicalCheck controversy, the service centre has been on hand to answer queries and to provide free smear tests for women over 25 years old.

DWC Manager Mary …
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Family seeks answers after Donegal mum died from cervical cancer 8 months ago

Family seeks answers after Donegal mum died from cervical cancer

By  •  Health

Donegal woman Miriam O’Brien got the all-clear in her smear test in 2011. Nine months later, she was diagnosed with stage two cancer in Belfast. Miriam passed away on August 25, …
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How to calm your anxious thoughts 8 months ago

How to calm your anxious thoughts

By  •  Health

We all have anxious thoughts from time to time but sometimes these thoughts can be all we think about. They are intrusive, frightening, repetitive and hard to stop.

It …
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What it really means to get ‘toned’ 8 months ago

What it really means to get ‘toned’

By  •  Health

Have you ever looked at a model on the cover of a magazine and thought, ‘I would love to look like that?’

Maybe you have taken the 4-week workout; you …
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Concerned about CervicalCheck? Drop in to Cancer Care West in Letterkenny 8 months ago

Concerned about CervicalCheck? Drop in to Cancer Care West in Letterkenny

Over the past two weeks, Cancer Care West in Letterkenny and Galway has been offering information, support and counselling to women and families affected by the cervical screening crisis. This …
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Eight women still not contacted over CervicalCheck errors 8 months ago

Eight women still not contacted over CervicalCheck errors

By  •  Health

The HSE has yet to make contact with eight women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer and affected by the CervicalCheck audit. 

209 women are being treated as priority cases …
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Pippa leads the ‘Save Your Skin’ campaign to make everyone SunSmart 8 months ago

Pippa leads the ‘Save Your Skin’ campaign to make everyone SunSmart

Businesswoman and influencer, Pippa O’Connor, has today helped launch La Roche-Posay’s “Save Your Skin” campaign, in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of skin …
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How to dine out while on a diet 8 months ago

How to dine out while on a diet

By  •  Health

Summer is coming and with most of us getting ready for a holiday that may be coming up, we all want to be keeping on track as much as we …
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Emergency funding brings CervicalCheck counselling support to Donegal 9 months ago

Emergency funding brings CervicalCheck counselling support to Donegal

The Irish Cancer Society has announced emergency funding so that women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy can have free counselling in their own community.

Funds will be made available …
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‘Don’t Fear the Smear’ – Donegal doctor seeks to reassure women 9 months ago

‘Don’t Fear the Smear’ – Donegal doctor seeks to reassure women

A Donegal practice has launched a dedicated smear test clinic for all women who would like a repeat test in the wake of the CervicalCheck controversy.

The High Court case …
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A conspiracy of silence: Over 1,500 cervical cancer cases not re-checked 9 months ago

A conspiracy of silence: Over 1,500 cervical cancer cases not re-checked

Approximately 1,500 women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the last ten years have not had their CervicalCheck audited, it has emerged this week.

The HSE has revealed that …
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Let’s start the conversation Donegal Mammies – World Maternal Mental Health Day 9 months ago

Let’s start the conversation Donegal Mammies – World Maternal Mental Health Day

By  •  Health

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day, May is Maternal Mental Health Month.

This is a serious health matter, that needs more awareness and acceptance. We need to be …
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Here’s what the Health Minister was told before Vicky Phelan’s CervicalCheck case 9 months ago

Here’s what the Health Minister was told before Vicky Phelan’s CervicalCheck case

The latest development in the CervicalCheck controversy has revealed that attempts were made to keep Vicky Phelan’s case confidential, but she rejected these moves.

The Limerick mother of two settled …
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HSE confirms 17 deaths and 162 women left in the dark over CervicalCheck errors 9 months ago

HSE confirms 17 deaths and 162 women left in the dark over CervicalCheck errors

The HSE has confirmed that 208 women had their negative tests subject to review in the CervicalCheck error case. Out of that 208, 162 were not told that their cases were under …
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Don’t compare your progress to someone else 9 months ago

Don’t compare your progress to someone else

By  •  Health

It is very easy to get down when it comes to progress.

But, first you need to know what real progress looks like.

1-2lbs per week is very good progress …
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3 ways to beat night time snacking 9 months ago

3 ways to beat night time snacking

By  •  Health

One thing that seems to be a huge obstacle for people is snacking in the evenings and at night.

The scenario usually goes like this;

You manage your meals fine …
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Town centre tranforms into women’s health hub 9 months ago

Town centre tranforms into women’s health hub

Women in Letterkenny have been getting free health checks, advice and celebrating women’s health in the heart of the town thanks to the CDP this week.

This week is Women’s …
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How to stop letting other people control how you feel 9 months ago

How to stop letting other people control how you feel

By  •  Health

By personalising other people’s negative thoughts or opinions we are allowing them to control how we feel.

Q. So how can we stop this?

A. By changing the way we …
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It’s Our Day: Free events pop-up in Letterkenny for Women’s Health Week 9 months ago

It’s Our Day: Free events pop-up in Letterkenny for Women’s Health Week

Health and beauty demos, advice stands and fun events are on the agenda for Wednesday 18th April. The Courtyard Shopping Centre will be a hub of free information and services …
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Reasons you don’t need another diet 9 months ago

Reasons you don’t need another diet

By  •  Health

Every diet works, until it doesn’t!

If that sounds confusing, it shouldn’t. In fact it’s pretty much true for every diet you have ever tried right up to reading this …
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Highlights aplenty as Brigde bows out at B-Bobs after 25 years 10 months ago

Highlights aplenty as Brigde bows out at B-Bobs after 25 years

When the 13-year-old Brigde Lavery was given a straight choice – get a career or stay in school – by her father, the answer was simple.

She spent her weeks …
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Labels – For Jars or People? 10 months ago

Labels – For Jars or People?

By  •  Health

We grow up with labels that are used to define us. These labels can be attached by other people and even by ourself at times. Society, family, social media, work …
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Letterkenny mum leads campaign for Organ Donor Awareness Week 10 months ago

Letterkenny mum leads campaign for Organ Donor Awareness Week

Her children Zoe, Féile and Mollie, also took part in the awareness campaign alongside broadcaster Claire Byrne.

In 2017 Ireland recorded a record number of organ donors and transplants, which …
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Inspirtional nurse Aileen donates kidney to ill father 10 months ago

Inspirtional nurse Aileen donates kidney to ill father

Taking care of kidney patients was part of renal nurse Aileen Walsh’s daily routine; but when her previously very healthy father Seamus was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, she …
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Donegal Mind Wellness presents new series of Stress Control courses 10 months ago

Donegal Mind Wellness presents new series of Stress Control courses

Local mental health charity Donegal Mind Wellness is set to launch another round of Stress Control courses in various locations around the county.

The programme is open to everyone. It is …
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Alison’s ambitions to help Donegal families understand Dyspraxia 10 months ago

Alison’s ambitions to help Donegal families understand Dyspraxia

Alison Doherty’s eldest son Ryan was diagnosed with Dyspraxia last year, and it was only then that she discovered a lack of awareness of the condition.

Dyspraxia is a …
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HPV vaccine teams revisit Donegal’s first year girls 10 months ago

HPV vaccine teams revisit Donegal’s first year girls

The HSE have launched the next phase of the HPV Vaccine Information Campaign to support parents in making an informed decision to ensure their daughters get the vaccine and get protected …
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5 ways to deal with rejection when feeling anxious 10 months ago

5 ways to deal with rejection when feeling anxious

By  •  Health

Rejection is hard for most people. Since childhood, we have looked for acceptance from our friends in school to our parents at home. Sometimes doing whatever we can and …
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Is sitting bad for your health? 10 months ago

Is sitting bad for your health?

By  •  Health

Sitting has recently been described as the ‘Smoking of our Generation’ and it has been compared to cancer for it’s ill health effects.

The average time spent sitting is around …
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The silent agony of Endometriosis 10 months ago

The silent agony of Endometriosis

We all know someone who struggles with their periods – be it a sister, daughter, friend or colleague.

You know that woman who goes through hell every month? She has …
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Be kind to yourself 10 months ago

Be kind to yourself

By  •  Health

“You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head, be kind to yourself”

When we are living with low self-esteem, it …
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Need a digital detox? Try this challenge 10 months ago

Need a digital detox? Try this challenge

By  •  Health

This week I set a challenge for the members of my Rushe Fitness Gym and also the members of my online Lean in 2018 program.

The challenge was simple.

No …
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The best piece of fitness advice you will ever get 11 months ago

The best piece of fitness advice you will ever get

By  •  Health

Fitness has exploded in Donegal over the past few years.

The number of people training is on the rise and it doesn’t look to be slowing down.

When I started …
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Trigger foods: How to avoid a bingefest 11 months ago

Trigger foods: How to avoid a bingefest

By  •  Health

Everyone has one.

Some of us have more than one.

Some of us have a whole array of foods that set us off on a bingefest that can leave us …
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Looking for the best fat loss supplement? There’s one thing you should know 11 months ago

Looking for the best fat loss supplement? There’s one thing you should know

By  •  Health

January may be over, but It seems as if you cannot turn on your computer, phone, TV or radio, without being met with some form of advertisement for “Fat Loss …
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Get Fit with your Bit! 12 months ago

Get Fit with your Bit!

By  •  Health

FitBits have become very popular in the health and fitness world.

Last year, Ireland was ranked as the ‘Fittest Country in the World’ for 2017, based on data they collected from …
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Don’t think about the Pink Elephant 12 months ago

Don’t think about the Pink Elephant

By  •  Health

Let’s do a thought experiment:

  • Close your eyes.
  • Imagine a pink elephant
  • What shade of pink is it?
  • Is it happy/sad/indifferent?
  • Think about the pink elephant for 60 …
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Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom 12 months ago

Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom

To mark European Cervical Cancer Prevention week, the Irish Cancer Society is urging women to ensure that they are up to date with their cervical cancer screening as it can …
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Low intensity exercising for weight loss that works 12 months ago

Low intensity exercising for weight loss that works

By  •  Health

Over the last few years, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has taken off in popularity.

Its main selling point is short workouts with a large calorie burn.

The only problem …
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Is your smear test overdue? 12 months ago

Is your smear test overdue?

The #SmearForSmear campaign has seen thousands of women sharing a selfie of smeared lipstick after attending their smear test.

The charity was founded in memory of Jo Maxwell, who was …
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