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Season 3 Episode 12 – Ruth

On this week’s episode, I sit down that Ruth Barry.

This was one of the most eye-opening sit down’s I have ever had.

Ruth wears her story well, no longer in active addiction, Ruth has encountered more tragedies than bears thinking.

When she was just 11 years of age Ruth’s sister, her idol, dies in a horrific incident that rocked Ruth’s family and started her on her journey of self-destruction and addiction.

Ruth faced tragedy after tragedy through her years in addiction and it was while in prison that Ruth made the decision to get clean and threw herself into every opportunity prison life gave her to get sober.

Ruth’s story is as heartbreaking as it is powerful, the woman in front of me fought her way out of addiction and saved herself with the tools prison gave her, She continues to save herself every day with the help of good people, running, and Reiki but above all the love of her children.

Season 3 Episode 11 – Fiona

Trigger warning this weeks episode we talk about suicide.

On this week’s episode I sit down with Fiona Sheridan. Fiona talks to me about her Kieth

Kieth by all means was a wonderful man, he was the life and soul and a person you want to be around to have a good time but, Keith suffered with his mental health. His anxiety destroyed his life.

As a boyfriend and a husband he doted over Fiona and they traveled the world together and was always by her side. A breakdown and later struggles with conceiving, IVI and possibly IVF put huge pressures on them both and resulted in Keith dying before they had the chance to conceive.

There is no anger in Fiona, she knows now that Keith is free, she is consumed by the memories of Keith but won’t talk about what ifs. She is now trying to find yourself again going forward without Keith and their imperfectly perfect life.

Season 3 Episode 10 – Sabrina Hill

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Sabrina Hill.

Sabrina is one of the hardest-working people I know. She’s a business owner, a single mum and a TV personality but above all, she is a wonderful person.

I ask Sabrina about her life before Instagram, becoming pregnant on Aaron and why she got into hairdressing, and her journey to Kopper.  

Sabrina tells me about her ups and downs and how CBT therapy saved her life in her 20s and the lessons she has learned that have made it to the Sabrina she is today.  We talk about her people, her ride or die her friends and we chat about her lovely parents Sabrina‘s attitude is infectious and I know the best is yet to come.

Season 3 Episode 9 – Patrick James

On this weeks episode I sit down with Patrick James.

From the moment I met Patrick he had me in stitches but behind his fabulous personality lies a horrific story of a house fire that left 33% of his body burnt. While Patrick was left was physical scars his parents suffered mentally and turned to alcohol which resulted in all four children taken into care.

When Patrick‘s father died shortly afterwards, Patrick‘s mother gave up the alcohol and worked to get all the children back but making the ultimate sacrifice with the baby of the family.

Patrick tells me about finding solace in stage school and then going on to win the voice of Ireland, as I said Patrick is simply fabulous he has never let his life tragedies define him as he says there’s no point in going through it all to end up living in the past.

NEW: – Why not check this episode out on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni8TCLwN-dc

Season 3 Episode 8 – Jennifer & Rosie

On this week’s episode I sit down with Jennifer Fay and her daughter Rosie.

Jennifer and Rosie at ultimate survivors and in this episode Jennifer opens up for the very first time not only about Rosie‘s illness but also some of the horrors she experience in her own life. 

A distressing relationship that nearly killed her, and alcohol dependency as a result of this and the loss of not only one or two other siblings but, a chance meeting on the North Strand turned her life around forever. 

Pregnant soon after meeting James they went on to have not only one but two children and on her second child Rosie, who after four months was diagnosed with hydrocephalus Jennifer strength and resilience shone when she was told Rosie would never will never be a normal baby that she would never walk or talk, on the 31st of July Rosie completed a 5K channel challenge with her friends and family cheering around as she cross the finish line

Season 3 Episode 7 – Dwayne & Karl

On this week’s episode I sit down with Dwayne Edgar and Karl Taffe, cofounders of the inner-city Running club.

Season 3 Episode 6 – Katie

On this week’s episode I sit down with Katie Keyes. This is Katie’s first time to sit down to talk about April story and her nervous laughter come through as a coping mechanism as she articulates April’s journey.

Just before April’s third birthday, she is diagnosed with neuroblastoma. 

The treatment plan resulted in April been cancer free in the January, only to relapse in the match and 14 days after her seventh birthday April suffered a massive stroke on Friday the 13th 2019.

Katie was extremely nervous going into this and it took a lot for her to sit down with me but she handled it with so much strength and courage. 

Stay strong Katie, I will always keep you, April and Graham in my thoughts and prayers.

Season 3 Episode 5 – Julie aka Twins & Me

On this week’s episode I sit down with Julie Haynes also known as Twins And Me. Julie is one of Instagram‘s biggest personalities but behind this persona has been the hardest three years of Julie‘s life, her hopes of a new life with her partner and babies dashed because of a Visa issue and when her partner decides to go and leave, Julie is left homeless and heartbroken.

Season 2 Episode 4 – Paul

On this week’s episode I sit down with Paul Kinsella, I have one word for Paul, Tenacious.

I came across Paul on Instagram where he shares his home and life with Penny and Mark.

Paul is so open and honest as we chat through his beautiful relationship with his best friend his mom, moving on and finding love and support in a new family.

We chat through him travelling the world as a dancer, meeting Mark, falling in love, that engagement and his Penny.

We talk about what May 22nd  2015 really meant to him, his future with Mark and their plans for children.

It’s silly to say but Paul left me feeling warm and fuzzy, someone to have in your corner just a really good guy everything a dad should be and what a dad he is going to be…

Episode 12 – The Roche Sisters

On this week’s episode I sit down with the Roche sisters, three sisters who have a very special bond, their story is a story of strength, positivity and selflessness.

These woman are power houses, they run a hugely successful business and family whilst overcoming the hurdles life has thrown at them.

A start up business nearly abandoned when at the same time middle sister Karla is diagnosed for the second time with Cancer , Karla’s prognosis this time however is 6 months to live or a stem cell transplant, with her two sisters stepping up in the hope they are a match.

We chat through the early years as sisters and the carry on that lead to Karla nearly being expelled from school right through to the horror of her first diagnosis and the first thoughts that went through her head.

We talk about her leaving it all behind for Spain with her boyfriend Anto and her beloved dogs, we talk about the gruelling flight the others had to take to break the bad news.

We chat through the journey of Katie being a match and Kristine holding down the fort, maintaining the business to keep them all afloat.

This story cannot be told without the glue that holds it together their Mammy Gina, I am in complete awe at her strength and in their own words the girls would be lost without her. This truly is a lovely story of family and we hope you enjoy.

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