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Season 3 Episode 4 – Amy

Hello everyone my name is Rebecca Kelly and your listening to the everywhere we go podcast on this week’s episode I sit down with Amy Lowry.

Amy’s story is one of pain, anguish and heartbreak but it is also a story of resilience, strength and determination.

It begins when Amy‘s new life in Australia is cut short when her mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer and Amy leaves everything behind to care for her including her future husband Gavin. Roles are reversed for Amy and her mum, her mum who usually was a pillar of strength turn to Amy to care for her. 

After the death of her mother Amy and Gavin took themselves to come to Canada returning only to marry in Ireland two years later in 2019 Amy noticed some lumps in her hand she received a shocking diagnosis and on the 18th of March Amy had surgery to remove her hand however, Amy story is only beginning and in a couple of weeks Amy is due to get her bionic arm that will change your life for the better.

Amy will be the bionic woman but to me she is already superwoman. Amy I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you, the future is bright and you as a shining star.

Season 3 Episode 3 – Neilo

On this week’s episode I sit down with Neilo Kelly.

Neilo was diagnosed with Ataxia CP which is a type of Cerebral Palsy that effects Neilo’s talking, movement, posture and balance. 

You may think that this diagnosis holds Neilo back but, Neilo is a pocket rocket he is one of the most determined people I have ever met.

From asking his parents to put him into mainstream school, doing his leaving cert, getting not only his driving licence but his forklift licence, Neilo is the epitome of the saying if you put your mind to anything you can do it.

Neilo you are a credit to your Mam and dad as they are you and I hope one day you will find your happy ever after

Season 3 Episode 2 – Elle

On this weeks episode I sit down with Elle Chavan, I came across Elle’s page to the self build community on Instagram I have another close-knit group of well-wishers who you can turn to for information or advice on everything you need to know about building your home, but when Elle’s son Ben be overnight became a different baby Elle found out she had no one to turn to. 

Countless sleepless nights, missed milestones and incorrect diagnosis lead Elle to believe she was failing as a mother. It wasn’t until one day while feeding Ben she noticed he was having a seizure of some sort and by chance videoed it and with this evidence she went straight to A&E where Ben was diagnosed with west syndrome. A rare form of epilepsy and infants that if not helped by medication cause a serious brain damage.

I love Elle’s home not before time Instagram page and this is story is to show we never know what’s behind the grid. Elle you are the loveliest soul and have the heart of a lioness, Ben’s road is very much still ahead of him and I wish You, Ben and Anil the very best of everything with it 

Season 2 Episode 17 – Olivia

On this week’s episode I sit down with Olivia Fitzsimons. Olivia came to my attention when she did an Instagram live with her brother Andrew with Luke, her beautiful baby on her lap as they discussed what pregnancy was like during Covid.

Olivia talks to me about her and her partners plans to have a baby and when she conceived quickly how their dreams came true but, with maternity restrictions over the year it wasn’t until her 22 weeks scan and a brief but heart-breaking shock that the loneliness of her appointments sank in and at seven months waking up to realise she was going to be very much alone in her journey through labour in covid and choosing the option to be induced in the hope that I would have time to get Gary to delivery suite. 

As a mother this episode broke my heart I just wanted to hug Olivia as she cried her heart literally sings as she talks about Luke and to have to love and joy gained by the silent trauma after giving birth Gary is sent one way and olive to the lonely ward to look after her baby.

As Olivia said she didn’t have the strength to fight when she was pregnant but she wants to fight now for all the mammies coming after her.

Season 2 Episode 15 – The Cabra Girls

On this weeks episode I sit down with the stars of Gogglebox Ireland the Cabra Girls Lindsay, Ashley, Grainne and Jamie. 

They worry they have nothing to say but the conversation come easy with each of them as quick witted as the other. Their friendship is a force to be reckoned with and is a result of being truly there for each other through thick and thin. 

The girls talk about growing up in Cabra, Their no-nonsense mothers and nannies who with a gang of women would take them off every year to Pwllheli and the likes every year.

We talk about the loss of Ashley and Lindsays mother at a young age and the things she has missed out on through the years. 

We talk about how they joined the cast of goggle box Ireland and Jamie’s recent loss of her granddad during Covid.

I don’t think these girls realise how enchanting they actually are. Be prepared for a lot of laughs and maybe a couple of tears…

Season 2 Episode 14 Alison

On this weeks episode I sit down with Alison Murphy. Alison has the most infectious laugh but behind this laugh lies tragedy, while dancing away to the last song Alison’s sister Lisa fell to the floor and unfortunately passed away.

Alison tells me of their dysfunctional upbringing that lead to not only a break up between husband and wife but to broken relationships that will never be mended.

She tells me the effect of finding her fathers secret children and the impact it had on her own relationships. She tells me she would be lost without her family and friends and how her mother is her biggest supporter. 

Alison is a tonic, a warm hug as her friend tells me never whines never complains and just gets on with it being through so much but still can laugh and what a laugh she has. 

Season 2 Episode 11 – Ian

Trigger warning on this weeks episode we talk about suicide with descriptions of someone dying by suicide.

On this weeks episode I sit down with Ian Kinsella, Ian talks to me about his brother Jonathan this year will be Jonathan’s 10yr anniversary. Jonathan died by suicide. 

Ian tells me what it is like being left behind after suicide and how a loss through suicide is like no other and tells me in his own way how the grief and be complex and even traumatic, experiencing his own suicidal thoughts for the immediately after Jonathan’s death. 

He tells me how he would be lost without the support of his wife Stacey, his and her family and his fantastic group of friends.

He shares some fond memories of Jonathan and tells me of their mutual love of Dublin, Celtic and the odd ballad.

This episode was very difficult it is very raw, very honest. Ian you are an absolute credit to Jonathan, how you are keeping his memory alive is a testament to the love you have for him.

Season 2 Episode 8 – Kizzy

On this weeks episode i sit down with I sit down with Kizzy, I have known Kizzy a long time but Covid has made it difficult to keep in touch, when i noticed Kizzy share a post about mothers day i reached out to see what was going on.

Kizzy tells me her lovely Mam Ev has been diagnosed with Dementia and how her sisters had started to notice Ev’s normal behaviour changed and how the devastating diagnoses has triggered a range of emotions for the family including the question of Why my Mam.

At just 35 years of age Kizzy feels she has been robbed of her mammy in a time she should be bringing her off, spoiling her and simply enjoying her time with her mammy.

Kizzy tells me about the help her Mam and Dad receive and the Later Life program in Kilkenny. I truly want to thank Kizzy for giving me her time this week of all weeks with Virgin media donate for dementia week, There are currently 64,000 with Dementia in Ireland and if Kizzy’s story can help but one of these families we have done well.

Kizzy your strength and love know no bounds you will forever be in my thoughts and Ev in my prayers.

Season 2 Episode 7 – Nicole

On this weeks episode i sit down with Nicole Gaffey, at the start of the pandemic Nicole decided to journal her weight loss journey and her page has blossomed since, 

We chat through all things social media the good the bad the ugly and why she thinks Instagram and Facebook should be held accountable for their users. We talk about her responsibilities as an influencer and more importantly to her younger followers and why there should be an age limit to TikTok and Instagram.

We talk about the loss of her friend and the crippling anxiety that comes with grief and how a doctors appointment led her down the path of exercise to help with her mental health. 

Nicole is an all round girl next door, a fantastic role model for young women, she puts everything into her page with her followers at the forefront of everything she does, Its the reason she has amassed over 10,000 followers in one year. 

In a world full of influencers be like Nicole. 

Season 2 Episode 6 – Sinéad

On this week episode I sit down with Sinead Barry. Let me start by saying at point during our conversation

Sinead asked me if i was okay, that sums up Sinead. This episode was extremely difficult, I could not contain my emotions and wept openly throughout, Sinead is a special kind of person , so strong and dedicated, dedicated to her family, to Mike and to keeping Mikes memory alive.

On the 23rd March 2019 after a short illness and at 32 years of age Mike passed away surrounding by Sinead and his family, leaving Sinead and their children behind.

Sinead shares some wonderful memories with me but most importantly Sinead shares Mike with me a man who put Sinead, their children and their dreams first, a joker and his no nonsense approach “It is what it is ” attitude. 

Mike was a forward thinker and when Mikes sister got in touch to DIYSOS to finish their dream home I have no doubt Mike was there at the side-lines watching down on them.

As she watches the sunrise with her coffee every morning she is very aware it is all very surreal and bittersweet.

With Mikes anniversary coming up next week I am very grateful to you Sinead, so Follow, follow the sun and which way the wind blows when this day is done. 

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