Damien Queall lives and work in Africa as the deputy regional director for Plan Ireland.

I have been based in Central and West Africa for two years and prior to that I was working as the director of programmes in Dublin. I started this (...)

Kate O’Kelly trains for the London marathon: ‘Running gave me a purpose and really helped me to deal with emotion in those early days.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kate O’Kelly is preparing to run her eighth marathon. The Dublin woman hasn’t always been a keen runner but since her mother died of cancer in 2008, s(...)

Gina Delaney: ‘Every time my mother came out of hospital we went home with her; but we weren’t told how to manage her medication, nor about any side effects that developed.’ Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Gina Delaney cares for people in both her professional and personal life. She works as an outreach and development manager with the Carers’ Associa(...)

Mary Nevin, a night nurse with the Irish Cancer Society: ‘I have seen many different reactions in people, in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death. We are all amateurs when it comes to grief, and all reactions are perfectly normal.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Respite for families My role as a night nurse involves caring for terminally ill patients, providing comfort, managing their symptoms and offering som(...)

Linda Kidd,  a health-screening nurse with the Irish Heart Foundation. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Awareness programmes My weeks vary greatly. Some days I might be working on a health-awareness programme. This is usually in a public area such(...)

Michael Fitzpatrick, head pharmacist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, with some of his staff. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Unique environment Pharmacy is unique within the hospital environment because of the different and complex roles it has. This is even more evid(...)

During a stress-management day for exam-year students at the Loreto Secondary School in Wexford town, students were offered art therapy and other workshops. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The Leaving Cert exams may be seven months away, but try telling that to the students who are already being bombarded with reminders of how quickly th(...)

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

The weather hasn’t been too bad lately but winter is not far away and with it come the usual coughs and sneezes. However, while mild doses of this kin(...)

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

Karen Cafferky has three children – Rachael (23), Autumn (6) and Ethan (5). Undoubtedly she has a busy household so she and her husband, Joe Hurl, are(...)

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

Dr Janice Walshe is the consultant medical oncologist who treated Liz Yeates during her illness (see story on opposite page). Although more than 2,800(...)