My children are my priority, says Sara Murphy, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

I was told very brutally in July 2012 that I had stage 4 advanced metastatic ovarian cancer that had spread to most of my organs. I had shadows(...)

Dan Boyle: is grateful for the level of care he received at Cork University Hospital. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

When I called to my doctor the other day, he said he hadn’t actually been totally honest with me. My white blood cell count had been extremely (...)

‘I don’t know what it’s like not to feel pain. With fibromyalgia, you’re always in pain. There are so many symptoms that go with it. There’s inflammat(...)

Tara Lee performing at First Fortnight 2013.

As someone who feels awkward in social situations and is prone to depression, 19-year-old singer/songwriter Tara Lee (her stage name) felt liberated a(...)

Artist and writer Jim McKeon  in Blackpool Community Centre, Cork. Photographs: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

If I hadn’t been laid up 2½ years ago, I would never have learned how to paint and I’d never have gone to college. I finished at UCC last year at the (...)

Declan Coyle and with his wife, Annette, and three children.

Declan Coyle, a former Columban missionary, who is now a married father of three children including a nine-year-old boy with severe disabilities, has (...)

Clodagh Daly: may need treatment in the US

The parents of a baby girl with a rare and aggressive form of cancer are trying to raise €500,000 for treatment in the US if, as is likely, she suffer(...)

Margaret Mullarney, centre, who has Parkinson’s disease, believes in taking control of the illness in a multi-disciplinary way that includes exercise, choral singing and nutrition as well as medication.

Dublin-based Margaret Mullarney, who has Parkinson’s disease, will be facilitating workshops and bringing her choir to the third World Parkinson’s Con(...)

Artist, designer and creative director Helen Steele at home in Emyvale, Co Monaghan. ‘Exercise helps me to focus on my work and it helps me with my memory.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘A weight off my shoulders” is how Monaghan-based artist and fashion designer Helen Steele describes the day six years ago when she was diagnosed with(...)

I have a hereditary degenerative eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa. I have a restricted field of vision during the day. It’s down to 20 per cent vis(...)