Misha French Molloy is suffering from an invisible disease and, like an iceberg, her health problems lurk below the surface

All Misha Ffrench Molloy wants is to be a “normal” 14-year-old, whose biggest worries are her upcoming Junior Cert and what to wear to the next disco.(...)

The painful reality: some 880 children were waiting to see a paediatric rheumatology consultant in December 2017. Photograph: iStock

Negative experiences in school are unfortunately quite common for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), according to Wendy Costello, chai(...)

“A lot of people are afraid of movement and exercise following spinal surgery yet we know that people work better in groups and prefer [physiotherapist] supervised exercise classes.” Photograph: iStock

Many people with chronic health conditions and those recovering from surgery are afraid to exercise. Often fearful of causing more pain, or simply not(...)

Amanda Geard, who was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis, at 22.

It started with a niggle. An itchy pressure at the back of my pelvis: distracting, annoying, omnipresent. It was 2003 and I felt in my prime. I was st(...)

Author and arthritis sufferer Ann Marie Healy at her home in Glenamoy, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

I was born into a family of 16 children, 6 girls and 10 boys (one brother, Thomas Patrick, died when he was seven months old) in the rural village of (...)

Research has found that empowered patients are more likely to manage their conditions better and follow advice and instructions given by medical professionals. Photograph: iStock

Patient empowerment is defined as a process that helps people gain control over their own lives and increases their capacity to act on issues they the(...)

 Elaine Davis: “It’s hard, sometimes I feel like a failure as a mother.”

Elaine Davis, a 42-year-old mother of two young children, has been waiting more than a year for double-hip replacement surgery and has been told she c(...)

Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger said the Government was intent on introducing a privately-run scheme which “put profit over the interests of people”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A job scheme contained in the programme for government is “borrowed from the Tory handbook in Britain”, it has been alleged. The Anti-Austerity Alli(...)

Emilie McCarthy at the launch their Why Are We Waiting? campaign. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Emilie McCarthy (22) first started experiencing arthritic symptoms when she started secondary school. “My legs weren’t working properly while walkin(...)

Colleen White (9), Finglas, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, with her mother Rachael at the launch of the Arthritis Ireland Why are we waiting? campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

People suffering with the debilitating condition rheumatoid arthritis have called for the appointment of six new consultants to tackle a waiting list (...)

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