Katherine's Country: ‘I wish to feel organised, busy and in control'
Katherine O'Leary
Over the last two weeks, I’ve had a few medical appointments and good news – my scans are clear. Now it’s time to move on, writes Katherine O’Leary
27 September 2023 Health
HEALTH: here are this month's healthbytes
Want to know what vaccinations are now available? If you will qualify for a GP Visit Card? Why vaping is a serious concern? Writes Margaret Hawkins.
13 September 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Katherine's Country: patient care has many faces
A nurse’s kind gesture meant that I was relaxed going into theatre for surgery, writes Katherine O’Leary
Katherine's Country: another sleepless night; another grazing rotation
The end of the cows' grazing rotation always marks the end of Katherine O'Leary's chemotherapy cycle. Now, the cows are back and there are no cycles ahead.
26 July 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Living, not dying, with cancer
Meath farmer Charlie Hastings was diagnosed with a rare NeuroEndocrine Tumours (NETs) cancer in 2016. His recovery has meant eight trips to Sweden for specialist treatment. Margaret Hawkins reports.
26 July 2023 Health
Healthbytes: smarter smartphone use, free GP care and more
Want to know when six and seven-year-olds will get free GP care? Why we need Omega-3? Where to get a healthy eating resource booklet for older adults? Margaret Hawkins has these Healthbytes.
19 July 2023 Health
Katherine's Country: surrounded by love
Katherine O’Leary realises that she is cherished by the farming and agri community that have reached out to support her through letters, cards and e-mails.
28 June 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Sometimes it's hard to keep the bright side out
Though she tries not to be cranky, after a fresh session of chemotherapy it can be difficult to stay in a bright mood. Katherine O'Leary writes.
21 June 2023 Katherine O'Leary
Summer skin problems - treatment tips
The sun may have his hat on and be coming out to stay but the season can trigger skin problems of various types. Margaret Hawkins gets some summer skincare tips from Duleek pharmacist Kathy Maher.
14 June 2023 Health
Katherine’s Country: the reality of hair loss
Hair loss is often a side effect of chemotherapy. When daughter Julie suggested that she take control of it and get her hair cut, Katherine O'Leary phoned her hair stylist, Michael.
Katherine's Country: starting chemotherapy
While side effects had to be endured, Katherine O’Leary was thrilled to have a good week at the end of her chemotherapy cycle.