Gemma O’Connor with her children Dara (left) and Finnán: ‘I am definitely one of the lucky ones.’

Symptoms of potentially debilitating and even fatal disease can be mistaken for signs of influenza

Ethan and Autumn Hurl: Ethan “asked us to help make him better as he wished ‘things would go back to normal’.”

Many Pandas children are misdiagnosed with OCD, Tourette’s or ADHD and some are left untreated

If you have developed breast cancer, early detection continues to be the most important factor in staying well. Photograph: Thinkstock

Oncologist Janice Walshe pinpoints advances made in disease prevention and treatment

Liz Yeates: ‘I had spent the week preparing myself for the fact that I might have cancer, but when I heard the word mastectomy I completely fell apart.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cancer survivor Liz Yeates, of the Marie Keating Foundation, needs donated bras to help raise funds for research

Former postman  David Love Cameron who now grows vegetables for Michelin-starred restaurants. Photograph: Paul Wilkinson

Working with chefs Raymond Blanc and Richard Corrigan is a long way from David Love Cameron’s former career as a postman

The sooner a problem is treated, the better the results, and further irreversible lung damage can be averted. Photograph: Thinkstock

If lung disease is caught early enough, treatment can improve your chances of a healthy life

Giving up: It has been proven that people vote with their pockets and, if the price becomes  prohibitive, it will act as a major deterrent. Photograph: Thinkstock

Smoking costs a packet and it kills 100 people a week in Ireland

Eoin and Gillian Casey with their sons, Eóghan and Emmet. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Being first-time parents and having to deal with the diagnosis was really tough, but Eóghan’s personality helped them through it (...)

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