Tag: real life

Season 4 Episode 2 – Leah

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Leah Wynne. We had to put a trigger warning on this episode as Leah is a survivor of rape and domestic violence.

At just 17 years of age, Leah was raped and left with horrific injuries. We talk about the long-term effects this has had on her over the years and how years later seeking solace in what she thought would be a safe loving relationship she ended up being physically and mentally tortured.

Today Leah is married to her rock and has recently had life-changing gastric surgery and she tells me contrary to some beliefs, this was not an easy way out.

Leah thank you for speaking out and sharing your story I know it wasn’t easy I am so sorry this happened to you.


Season 3 Episode 21 – Denise Philips

On this week’s episode, I sit down with Denise Philips.

I always wondered about Denise where she got her fight, determination and outlook on life. I couldn’t put my finger on it but I always knew there was something about Denise and it wasn’t until this podcast I find my answers

Denise is a warrior, not just an IVF Warrior but as she opens up for the first time about grief.

The death of her boyfriend at just 23 years of age and the rekindling of a relationship with Mark in the mists of his struggle with addiction.

Denise has been through so much and for her to go on and build a hugely successful business and brand, be the wonderful mother and wife we see today is a testament to her strength, empathy, and determination.

Thank you Denise for sharing with us, you deserve every bit of happiness you have today

Season 3 Episode 18 – David

On this weeks episode I sit down with David O Reilly.

David is one of Ireland’s biggest exports to the west end, from Greece, to the book of Mormon and heading to LA next year to start in everybody’s talking about Jamie.

However when we sit down we strip it back to growing up in Ireland, how he was horrifically bullied for being gay and the effect bullying had on not only on him but on his family.

We talk about the huge love and support from his mum and dad and a beautiful relationship with his brother Joe. We talk about moving from Kilnamanagh to Lucan and how his life changed when he headed to the UK to follow his dreams.

We talk about landing his role in Greece, starring in Benidorm and performing alongside Jennifer Saunders and many more.

As With every podcast, David has opened my eyes to a different way of thinking and I had a couple of lightbulb moments.

David I love to chat thank you for being so open and honest with me.

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 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.

Episode 7 – Elaine

On this week’s episode I sit down with Elaine Healy, Elaine is one of the most tenacious  mothers I have ever had the privilege to chat with. I came across her Instagram a few months ago and instantly fell in love with her two beautiful children.

Elaine is an autism mom of two, we talk candidly  about the hurdles and heartbreak, the blame, guilt and judgement that come with each diagnosis.

I hear about the invaluable support of her family and her indestructible marriage to her rock Brian. Elaine is open and honest as we chat through the day to day life of an autism mom.

We talk about why she started her blog Life upside down and how she doesn’t want any other mammy to feel so alone.

We talk about Brian’s recent diagnosis and how him coming out is helping so many others. We chat through her fears and hopes for the future, the importance of support and the family service dog Milo.

Elaine is fierce, genuine devoted and inspirational, there is no sugar-coating with Elaine what you see is what you get and those babies happiness and safety come first in her house. 

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