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Catherine Brown wanted to become a speech therapist after finishing a degree in English and Linguistics at Queen’s University. But after spending the summer in America looking after young people with a learning disability she realised that her true vocation lay elsewhere. Now coming to the end of her first year studying for a nursing degree, Catherine tells us why it is a real privilege to be a student nurse
Today is the 25th anniversary of International ME Awareness Day. The PCC first became involved with this long-term condition in 2013 following a fibromyalgia/ME focus group as part of the People’s Priorities report process. Head of Operations, Louise Skelly, recounts the journey to date.
In the run-up to Arthritis Care Week, from 8-14 May, Oonagh Diamond from Magherafelt explains how a bout of anaemia led to her being diagnosed with this chronic progressive disease that causes painful deformity and immobility in the joints.
Co-production should be both straightforward and challenging. We should be outside our comfort zones, moving away from 'us' and 'them' and working towards 'we'. Read what Fiona McLaughlin has to share on what makes co-production work.
Sorcha McGuinness is Chief Executive of the Huntingdon’s Disease Association Northern Ireland, which provides information, advice and support to patients and carers impacted by Huntington’s disease in Northern Ireland.
On Wednesday (29 March) we held our second – and largest - Membership event. In fact, we were overwhelmed with the response from members wishing to attend and filled the Great Hall at Belfast City Hall to capacity with 400 members from all across Northern Ireland.
Most minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses can be treated by medicines that can be bought relatively cheaply over the counter from your local community pharmacy or supermarket.
All this week, the media has been giving special coverage on the experiences of disabled people in the workforce and as consumers. One interviewee said employers were “missing a trick” because people with a learning disability or disability are resilient, flexible and good at problem-solving because they have had to be. Hear what Gerard from the PCC has to say on this.
Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. It is a day when millions of people across the globe unite in the fight to combat the disease and raise vital funds for life-saving research. It is also a time when many people - like me - will reflect on the loss of a loved one to this disease.
New drugs are being developed all the time. The healthcare that we receive today has been transformed by these medications, with people living full lives with what were once debilitating and life-limiting conditions. What were once considered radical, pioneering treatments are now very much part of routine use.