Each year approximately 30,000 people in Ireland will be told they have cancer. Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries, does not distinguish between sex, race or class, and has or will affect us all either directly or indirectly during our lifetime.
The good news is that more people are surviving cancer than ever before and this is thanks to increased awareness of signs and symptoms, early detection of the disease and better treatments. Survival rates in breast cancer for example have risen from 73% (1994 -1997) to 85% in 2007 – 2009. Prostate cancer survival has increased from 65% (1994 – 1997) to 93% in 2007 – 2009. These are two of many examples where survival rates have increased.
There are approximately 100,000 people living with cancer in Ireland. (This figure comes from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland is up to date as of 31/12/2009 and covers people diagnosed in the 16 year period 1994 – 2009.)
If you are concerned about cancer, please call the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline on Freefone 1800 200 700 and speak to a specialist cancer nurse in confidence or go to www.cancer.ie.
Using antibacterial products never used to be part of my usual routine but that all changed once I became a regular visitor to our nations hospitals! Its also certainly not something I thought I would be writing about on Dollyrouge but when a press release popped in from Cuticura last month I knew I had to share some experiences with you and why I recommend that everyone carry around some anti bacterial hand serum! Read on »
I woke up this morning to Ian Dempsey chirpily proclaiming that today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, so this post is rather timely! I don’t know about you, but for me the months from January to March are usually the bleakest of the year. We’re still in the grips of Winter (I refuse to start calling it Spring in February, coz it’s not. Wintring I’ll concede to) trudging out in the dark and back in the dark, and there’s nothing on the horizon but a long stretch of uninterrupted work, and lent. Woe. I’ve learned to cope with the bleakness a few different ways. Read on »
The dark evenings and mornings have caught me out once again this year; my mood has been steadily declining right alongside any motivation I was clinging onto. I was literally only saying it to Kat in the office recently that I couldn’t figure it out; two words from her and I suddenly realised why I was feeling off par. SAD Lamp! No sooner had she said SAD Lamp than I realised what was up. The dark mornings and evenings had crept in on me and left me feeling pretty “meh” about everything in general. It happens to me most years but some years are worse than others and this year is a bad ‘un! Read on »
Yet another innocent person has needlessly lost her life, thanks to government inaction.
Savita Halappanavar died having been denied termination in University College Galway. Image from The Irish Times.
Not content with ignoring the dire state of the mental health service, and the escalating rate of suicide, the Irish government have caused the untimely death of another. Savita Halappanavar was denied a medical termination of her non-viable fetus, thanks to the government’s failure to legislate for the (now 20 year old) Supreme Court X Case ruling. I’m sure we’ve all heard the media coverage. What you may not know, is that in April this year Dail Eireann voted 20 to 111 AGAINST the bill proposing Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman. Here are the names of those TDs who voted against the bill. Read on »
I am forever picking up bits and pieces here and there and then totally forgetting to post about them. Yesterday on the twitter machine LikeMamUsedToBake put out a request for beauty bloggers to help her find something for her dry, flaky lips. Her request instantly reminded me of two things that could help: 1) Bepanthen, which I did a post on here and 2) Cymex, a little miracle worker in a tube that I had forget to tell you all about! Read on »
I have wanted to try the Emjoi MicroPedi for ages so jumped at the chance when their PR lady kindly offered to send me one to demo! If you have not heard of the Micro Pedi before then you have obviously been living under a rock. Everyone in the beauty world owns one and I am finally getting in on the act! The Micro Pedi is a safe, smooth and professional-at-home pedicure system which works on all areas of your feet removing the dead skin cells safely and quickly leaving your feet feeling soft and looking like you just stepped out of a spa. Read on »
And now for something completely different. Today I’m going to post something I’ve wanted to for a long time, about an important, serious, but often ignored issue haunting Irish families – suicide. If you come here for the beauty and banter, you may wish to skip today’s post, I totally understand. However I hope that you will read, tweet, comment, or even just think about the issue. For some people, it’s a matter of life and death.
I have a lot of admiration for Ray D’Arcy, both for his broadcasting skills (The Den anyone?) and for his work raising awareness about mental illness in Ireland, particularly depression. He’s staple listening in the office every morning, and I’ve been very moved lately by his features on the hidden epidemic sweeping Ireland – suicide. He recently invited two families to bravely tell their stories about those stolen from them by suicide. What struck me about their stories, besides the tragedy and pain, was that no one knew what their lost loved one was planning, or they would have intervened. This seems to unfortunately be a common theme in many a loss to suicide.
One story in particular struck me to the core, that about a girl who pushed herself so hard to be the best at everything, put so much pressure on herself to perform, that the resulting anxiety and depression caused her to take her own life. I’ve been that girl – the perfectionist, always striving for the highest possible attainment, that when achieved didn’t even make me proud of myself, just make me feel OK. To have to achieve 100% to be normal is not a good benchmark to set for yourself, even when times are good and everything is working in your favour. So what happens when times are bad? Read on »
Is it just me, or does it seem that the generation of women before us are politely withholding the reality of getting older? Lately, as I’m moving further and further past the wrong side of 25, I’ve been catching little snatches of the things that await me as I grow more womanly. None of which any of the older females in my life have shared with me. Is this a conspiracy? Or a rite of passage before you get to join the “Woman Club”? Here’s my top 5 things your mam probably didn’t tell you, or at least my mam sure as hell didn’t! Read on »