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Each day when we wake we never know what encounters lie ahead. That’s the true beauty of life.

A few weeks ago during my lunch break from college I headed up to LauraLynn to do an interview for Xpose and support them for Children’s Hospice Week.

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I met a young Mum Sam while I was waiting and she introduced me to her beautiful daughter Isabella. As I watched Sam with Isabella I was struck by her energy and how gentle, patient and compassionate she was. As a mum myself I learnt so much from being with her that day and as I sat in the car afterwards I realised that it was Sam’s presence with her daughter that made it so magical.

 

Isabella has a rare neurological disorder and Sam is her full time carer. She also has a son called Alex who is a few years older than Isabella. During the first year of Isabella’s life she was admitted to hospital regularly for seizures. She did not sleep at night and Sam sat by her side watching her just in case anything happened. Bevan, who now works at LauraLynn, was their outreach nurse at the time and he introduced them to LauraLynn recognizing that they couldn’t keep going the way they were.

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They went out to meet the team expecting it to be very clinical and hospital like and were delighted when it was absolutely nothing like that. LauraLynn has a very homely and welcoming atmosphere. Most importantly Sam knows Isabella’s happy there and she always has a smile on her face when she thinks of LauraLynn now.

 

Isabella was able to stay at LauraLynn for Alex’s first day of school, which meant Sam could focus on Alex and this made him feel special. Sam admits it was hard in the beginning and she would cry and constantly ring checking in on Isabella but she knew she was running on empty and needed a break.

 

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES

Sam and her family get 15 nights overnight care per year. There’s also a range of therapeutic and family support interventions if she feels they need them. Sam admits the respite can be daunting but necessary otherwise they simply can’t function properly. LauraLynn also offer support in the form of a community for families. Some of the children in school with Isabella also attend LauraLynn and to help support each other Sam set up a private Facebook group for “Extra Special Mums”. She said she can go out with special need’s mums and be herself and laugh at silly things with friends in the same situation.

 

Having a child with special needs in Ireland comes with great difficulties, as you have to fight for absolutely everything. You really have to shout and that’s hard especially when you are so tired. Isabella’s medical card was taken off her a few years ago and it put a lot of stress on the family. LauraLynn were incredible during this time and eventually Sam and her family fought and got the card back. You will hear these stories the length and breadth of Ireland as our most vulnerable amongst us suffer.

 

HAVING FUN

Isabella took part in the first LauraLynn Oscars that took place last year. Each child made a movie with the help of industry professionals and Isabella’s brother Alex even had his school involved and they all attended the Oscar’s evening to receive their award.

 

Isabella also performed in a play in the Abbey Theatre and there are family and sibling camps too. All of these events and activities help to make special memories and fulfill these dreams for families.

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Having LauraLynn is a very important part of the Villena’s lives. The charity does so much with and for the children and their families. This essential service is free for all families giving them both relief and respite even if it’s just for a short time.

 

Sam shifted something in me the day I met her. She really touched my heart and for that I will always be grateful. Never underestimate the power one person can have on another. After all we are all in this game of life together.

 

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As you walk in the door of LauraLynn children’s hospice you are greeted by an incredibly warm and loving energy. As I turned to my right there was a quote written on the blackboard:

“Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain

But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.”

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The quote made me smile. In fact all the quotes throughout the hospice made me smile because they are loving, encouraging and meaningful. As I walked over to read Lynn’s poem (read it here) at the entrance it was a sharp reminder of how precious life is. I first visited LauraLynn five years ago not long after it had opened so this was my second time to read that poem as I entered. But this time reading that poem felt different. I felt every word of Lynn’s dreams and thought to myself what a beautiful soul.

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Lynn’s poem and The Story of LauraLynn at the entrance

I believe in energy and I believe we are all connected even after we are gone. I realized right there and then why the energy of LauraLynn was so special. It is because you are met with the energy of these two beautiful souls Laura and Lynn as you enter the door.

A PLACE OF HOPE

LauraLynn was created from a place of love and hope and that shows in every aspect of its care. At LauraLynn they look after the whole family including grandparents and siblings. They recognize than when a child is sick it affects everyone so their focus is keeping people connected and tending to their individual needs, which is really beautiful.

As you walk in on the right there is a therapy room, which is a safe place that children can come to and talk in confidence about their feelings and what they are going through personally. Siblings of bereaved families can also come here and avail of therapy, which is important too.

LauraLynn, LauraLynn hospice, childrens hospice, pallative care, Fairy Non-Bio, charity, Burrell PR, therapy room, end of life care,LauraLynn provides palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. There are eight beds and there is always and emergency bed kept free. The rooms are beautiful and the Head of Care, Bevan Ritchie, explained to me that they try and make it a home away from home. Their aim is to make the children and their families as comfortable as possible.

FULL HOLISTIC CARE

Full holistic care for the children is really important so the bathroom so the bathroom is a multi-sensory bathroom where music can be played and the lights change colour while the child basks in their bubble bath.. This is important as a lot of the children are non-verbal and bringing in the sensory aspect helps to calm them and creates a connection and delivers stimulation to the different senses.

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There are rooms upstairs where families can stay over with full facilities like a kitchen and a TV room. In one of the children’s bedrooms downstairs there is an adjacent room where parents can sleep. The headboard has outlets for oxygen and medical equipment so if a child is very ill or near the end of their little life parents can get into bed with the child for a cuddle. This removes the clinical hospital feel and allows for memories to be made and quality time to be spent together. This really had an impact on me as my favourite time of the day is getting into bed to cuddle James.

THE BUTTERFLY SUITE

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This was the most difficult part of my visit as I thought of all the parents who have said goodbye to their little angels. ‘The Butterfly Suite’ was created as a special place for families to be near to their children after they have passed away. Butterfly’s have always been a strong symbol of change and transformation to me and even when I have lost people close to me in my own life I always imagine them being transformed into beautiful energy. The physical part of them is gone but their energy and the memories last forever.

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LauraLynn provide psychological, social, spiritual and bereavement support for the entire family during this difficult time. Their end of life care also ensures maximum physical comfort for your child through the management of pain and other symptoms that they may have.

Overall I left LauraLynn with a warm heart full of hope. The community and support parents and children get from a dedicated staff and support team is truly incredible.

We all see the world through our personal eyes and our view of the world is shaped from our experiences. Five years ago on my first visit I was very much still adjusting to life back in Ireland as a single mum. Personally I was struggling greatly and my visit to LauraLynn filled me with love and hope. On this visit I saw so much more. I saw a center that treats everyone as an individual where everyone gets seen as himself or herself and that’s rare. The holistic care ensures that all aspects of a person are treated and that each child’s life is lived to the full no matter what their condition.

And I’ll leave you with Tinkerbell’s words:

“You know that place between sleep & awake,

The place where you can still remember Dreaming

That’s where I’ll always love you

That’s where I’ll be waiting”

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THE HISTORY OF LAURALYNN

LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice was born out of the sadness of the tragic loss of Jane and Brendan McKenna’s only children, Laura and Lynn. Laura passed away in August 1999 at the age of 4, following surgery to repair a heart defect. Her big sister Lynn died less than 2 years later, in April 2001, at the age of 15. Lynn had leukemia, which was diagnosed on the day of Laura’s last surgery.

 

Having dealt personally with such serious illness both Jane and Brendan saw a huge need for a ‘Home from Home’ for children with life threatening and life limiting conditions. In 2003 they set up the ‘LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Foundation’ to raise funds to build Ireland’s first Children’s Hospice.

 

In 2007 they were approached by representatives of the ‘Children’s Sunshine Home’ which is their current location. The following year the two organisations merged and LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice was born. As a result of this Ireland’s first Children’s Hospice became a reality in 2011.

 

The main aim of LauraLynn is to provide palliative care to children with life-limiting conditions both in their hospice facility and the child’s own home. They also very importantly provide special care and respite to parents and siblings, helping them to cope with their difficult situation and to have fun time together as a family making memories.

 

They are committed to improving the quality of children’s palliative care in Ireland and their Clinical Education and Training Department provides training programmes tailored to meet the key needs of the evolving disciplines required by health professionals working in this relatively new space.

 

The history of the hospice actually dates back to 1925 when it was a convalescent home. Dr Ella Webb, a pioneering Dublin pediatrician of her time, treated many cases of children with rickets.  With the support of a dedicated group including Ms. Letitia Overend, they saw the need to provide medical care within a residential setting, where tenement children with rickets could be given an opportunity to recover fully, before returning to home.

 

Funding at the time came from voluntary donations and this early ethos of providing care for disadvantaged children has continued to motivate those who work and continue to work and volunteer at LauraLynn today.

 

Brendan and Jane’s daughter Lynn wrote this beautiful poem I would love to share with you:

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The Fairy Non-Bio ‘Care for Others’ campaign will help to support the LauraLynn@Home care which is offered in 11 counties in Ireland. This will enable children with life-limiting conditions and their family to access palliative care and support within their own home. For further information click here.

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Monday was my first time running the Womens Mini Marathon in Dublin and I have to say it was a tough one. It was a very wet and miserable day and too be honest I don’t think my poor runners will ever recover.

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Its so heartwarming to see so many women running, jogging and walking in an effort to raise money for causes close to their hearts. I ran for WIMS – Walk in my Shoes which is a cause close to my heart. Tamara Downey, communications manager for St. Patricks mental health services, ran with me and I was so glad she did because I needed her support towards the end of the race!!

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I was thrilled to meet Sinead Kane who was running alongside her guide John O’Regan. I recently wrote about Sinead here https://alisoncanavan.com/news-and-events/inspiration-sinead-kane-runs-wing-for-life-race-in-brazilia-and-shows-us-all-if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-do-it/ for the Wings for life world run which she ran with John in Brazil. She won in her category on Monday and is such an inspiration!! 

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I’m still a bit sore today but every bit of pain was worth it. What a day and what an amazing atmosphere. Just look what us women can do when we pull together.. Till next year Ali xxx

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MYSELF AND TAMARA WITH OUR MEDALS!!

 

The Make-A-Wish® Crystal Ball Fundraiser took place at the Doubletree by Hilton on Saturday the 16th May.I’m honored to be an ambassador for this amazing charity. The ball was a potent reminder of the inspiring work done by the foundation granting wishes to brave children battling life-threatening medical conditions all over Ireland.

The memories that make a wish create are ones that are treasured forever. These special days help families forget about the illness and hard times. On the night of the ball Norah Casey spoke about her sons friend who passed away some years ago but before he had a wish and it’s a memory that her son cherishes forever.

Special guests on the evening were the Conneely Family who were recipients of a wish. Wish mother Rosie made an emotional speech about how her family lived through Aideen’s illness myelodysplastic syndrome and the impact her child’s wish made to her entire family. Aideen’s wish was to be a Barbie Fashion designer. The video above is of Aideen’s wish and it was premiered at the event and it really shows how important the work is that make a wish do xx

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O'Dwyer

Myself and CEO of Make a Wish Susan O’Dwyer

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I was telling my friend Lisa I have to lay off the training for a few days before the Red Bull ‘Wings for Life World Run’ tomorrow. I pushed it to much during the week and pulled a muscle. I’m incrediblly resilient and positive but I couldn’t help feeling a little anxious and disappointed especially after all the hard work I’ve put in. I’m eating well and resting so finers crossed tomorrow will go well.

Lisa was giving some words of encouragement and I don’t know about you but I draw a lot of my inspiration from other people. So let me tell you why Lisa’s friend Sinead Kane who is also running the wings for life race on Sunday in Brazil has inspired me!

Sinead is 33 and was born with 5% vision in both eyes. She experienced severe bullying in school because of her disability, and was told by teachers she would not make anything of her life. Sinead comes from a family with visual impairments, but with her strength and courage, and her family’s support she has defied all the odds and became Ireland’s first blind solicitor.

Sinead’s first experience of running was when she was asked to do a 10km run for childvision in 2012. Her love affair with running continued and in October last year with the aid of a guide she was the first visually impaired female to complete the Dublin Marathon, in just over four hours. February saw her complete a 50km race in under five hours, yes she is that good!

Along the journey with Sinead has been her guide ultra runner John O’Regan, who is actually Ireland’s 2014 wings for life winner. Together the duo will take on the Wings for life world run in Brazil tomorrow May 3rd.

Lisa last saw Sinead on Tuesday, the day before she flew out to Brasil with John. She genuinely couldn’t believe she was flying to Brazil to compete in a global race, saying ‘I would never have believed you if you told me three years ago that I’d be doing this, when in school I was always the last one to be chosen in P.E, and now it’s kind of like I’m living a part of my childhood over again’.

Sinead and John are there now enjoying the sites and the lovely weather and no doubt doing some training for Sunday.

Sinead never let anyone or anything get in her way of achieving her dreams, and you shouldn’t either. If you want to follow Sinead’s journey this Sunday find her on Facebook; www.facebook.com/TheKaneAbility and on www.twitter.com/KaneSinead

I really hope to see lots of you tomorrow for the Wings for Life World Run in Dun Laoghaire. I’m the very proud ambassador for Honda who have also given me the ability to achieve a lot of my dreams in the past few years.

Through Lisa who is an incrediblly positive person and a ray of light I’m now being inspired by her friend Sinead. So remember to surround yourself with people who inspire you and no matter what you do or who you are just remember as Sinead has proven; If you can dream it, you can do it!

Post Natal Depression is far more common than any of us realise. I receive so many messages and emails from Mums who are still suffering in silence and I strongly urge you to get help. I know how hard it is but i promise you that you will recover once you get help and take the baby steps necessary. There are lots of helplines and charities in this article so pick up the phone. Recovery is possible Ali xxxx

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Its world suicide prevention day today and I would love if you took just a few minutes out of your day to think about those who have lost loved ones through suicide and indeed for those who are suffering from all kinds of mental illness and are in pain.

Please watch and share this amazing movie by Irish film director Graham Jones. It’s called DAVIN and it examines the reaction of an Irishman’s friends and family to the news of his suicide.

It has been made freely available online in 136 countries to mark World Suicide Prevention Day 2014. Here Graham tells us a little bit about the making of the movie and what its really about:

“It’s a great idea to have a specific date every year when the issue of suicide is highlighted,” says Jones. “However, sometimes it feels as if the day just comes and goes without enough attention from those of us outside the support services. This small indie movie is a humble attempt as filmmakers, actors and musicians to send a message to anyone who may be at risk of entering this emotional space. You are not alone.”

Its Graham’s fifth feature film and has a large ensemble cast of Irish actors who feel it’s deeply important to draw attention to this issue.

David Murray, Frances Healy, Hazel Doupe, Fergus McDonagh, John Cronin, Derrick Devine, Marie Ruane, Amy Kirwan, Peadar Cox, Mel Ryan, Bríd Ní Chumhaill, David O’Sullivan, Vincent Moran, Valerie O’Connor, Liam Alex Heffron, Cormac McDonagh, Aisling McLaughlin, John Lovett, Michael Power, Aideen Wylde, Gail Fitzpatrick, Joe Mullins, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Esther O’Moore-Donohoe, Karl Shiels, Norma Sheahan, Fiona Condon, Megan Riordan, Amy Conroy, Aenne Barr, Pat O’Donnell, Michael Ford Fitzgerald, Peter Smith, Eimear McVeigh, Tara Flynn, Janice Byrne, Frank Prendergast, Jennifer Laverty

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on September 10th every year, in order to provide international commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the globe. This year’s theme is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’. The suggestion is that combating suicide requires connections on many levels: social, clinical and cultural

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Depression comes in many forms, strikes without warning and really doesn’t care who you are or indeed what you do for a living.

This was proven to us yet again this week when another bright light was taken from us way before his time.

I have no doubt that Robin Williams has a place in all our hearts. His diversity of work and ability to make us laugh was truly unique.

His body of work will be played in millions of houses in the coming weeks and years to come as, yet again, we all try to understand a terrible disease that is invisible to the eye.

It never ceases to amaze me that at times like this you scroll through the various social media and read posts from people who are amazed at the selfishness of people who take their own lives.

Some people are in disbelief because he had a loving family and so much to live for. Others call him selfish because he was a celebrity and therefore ungrateful . They ask, ‘How could anyone who has everything materially ever feel sad?’

When I read these comments I feel sad that it seems no matter what we’re doing to start conversations about mental health, we have people who are utterly — in my opinion — selfish themselves, posting comments that are hurtful to everyone who has ever lost anyone through suicide and/or mental illness of some kind.

Robin Williams was very open about his mental health issues. He suffered from addiction and, even as recently as this summer, was trying to get the help he needed. It was simply just not enough for him to fight his demons.

Sometimes when I’m well I wonder how I could ever have such negative thoughts and feelings. I’m an extremely positive person and always see the glass half-full.

However, I can never become complacent and secure about my mental health and unfortunately always have to be aware of it. There is not a day goes by now that I don’t ask myself how I’m feeling and look at my lifestyle and how I’m treating myself.

That doesn’t mean that I’m mad or unbalanced and, these days, it also doesn’t mean I’m sad all the time either. It means I, unfortunately, have a mini-war happening inside and it also means I suffer from an illness that’s invisible. I’m fighting what I consider to be the silent killer of our generation.

Everyone with mental illness is fighting their own and very unique battle with this incredibly misunderstood disease. Finding a formula that works for you is essential but sometimes our formulas stop working and we need to figure out why.

In the beginning I found this annoying and upsetting, but now I’ve accepted it’s simply part of my life. I have a child who needs me and so my mental health is my top priority.

One of the darkest days of my life was when I asked my mum not to leave me alone with James because I didn’t want to be here anymore. She knew I was serious and I knew I needed serious help. I thank God every day that I got the help I needed. Who knows what would have happened if I didn’t.
Early intervention is essential. We need to stop the stigma and encourage people to speak up and ask for help. Every single one of us has a responsibility here. The statistics say that one in four of us will suffer from mental health problems, but I think that every single person will encounter a mental health issue in some shape or form.

To Me, Robin Williams’ death is another serious wake-up call about mental illness — not just for our Government but for everyone. At the very least we all need to recognize that our lifestyles and how we treat ourselves will directly affect how we feel.

Stigma is fuelled by fear and fear is the main reason people are not getting help. Believe me, nothing matters more than people getting well. Who cares what the neighbours or your friends think! Open your heart and open your mind. Believe me, it will make
a difference.

Myself and the stunning Imelda at The Make a WishCrystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran HarnettMyself and the stunning Imelda at The Make a Wish
Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

As an ambassador of Make a Wish I was honored to attend their annual crystal ball on Saturday. To say there were a few tears is an understatement. It was truly incredible to see the difference this charity make in peoples lives.

Make-A-Wish Ireland has one simple aim to grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment.

When I returned I posted on Facebook and a friend of mine posted that Make – a-Wish had granted a wish for her sister Niamh before she passed away and when I spoke to her today she described to me how special the day was for everyone. It was the first time in ages her parents had a meal out and every single person in the family was made feel special. Susan O’Dwyer the CEO is so passionate about Make-a Wish and after Saturday night I truly know why.

Among the guest were Imelda May who sang 4 songs although we could have listened to her all night. What an incredibly talented lady. She had her family with her and it was such a pleasure to meet them all. Lucy Kennedy, Lorraine Keane, Deborah Veale and Photographer Jenny Mc Carthy were also there. Jennys hubby and Lucy’s sidekick Martin King was the host for the evening and did an incredible job full of empathy and love listening to some heartbreaking stories. Ireally don’t know how he did it. I also bumped into the lovely Norah Casey as well as some great friends old and new.

If you would like to help grant a wish you can ext 50300 to “MYWISH” and donate €4 to make a dream come true!!

Taigh Wright and Laura McKeown at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Taigh Wright and Laura McKeown at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

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Lucy Kennedy and Susan O' Dwyer at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett Lucy Kennedy and Susan O’ Dwyer at the Make A Wish Crystal Ball in the Double Tree Hilton hotel Ballsbridge-photo Kieran Harnett

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