The will to thrive – Dessie Fitzgerald

first_img Previous articleDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick CityNext articleLand Without God | #WeAreLimerick Episode 30 Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Linkedin Advertisement Twitter Facebook Emailcenter_img Print FAMOUS for its cheese-making and dairy farming, Charleville is in the heart of the Golden Vale, a pretty ribbon of a border town. Recalling “an absolutely brilliant upbringing there,” the young, athletic Dessie Fitzgerald has long grown up to make a national footprint in an inspirational way.His was a social childhood  blessed with a passion for hurling, rugby and soccer “but hurling mostly, a sport that is absolutely brilliant.” There was Dad/ Des, “a Charleville man born and bred”, Mum/ Geraldine née Griffin, from Ballygran and brothers Michael, Joseph and Conor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Charleville for me gave a sense of who you are,” states Dessie. “People have each other’s backs and look out for one another. There are schools and communities, Kerry Foods [Denny, Galtee, Mattessons, Dairygold], engineering. Ther is St Joseph’s Foundation for people with intellectual disabilities, who do amazing work.”The Fitzgerald boys were growing up, Dessie qualifying as an electrical engineer and romancing fiancée Sarah McEvoy. Life was promising. Yet the North Cork man featured on ‘The Late Late Show’ in April this year, so remarkable is his storybook since.In conversation, Dessie is honest, modest and open about the depths to which circumstances beyond his control challenged him, until and with help, he was able to take control – and live life at optimum level.The tilt and turn of life and death came early to the Fitzgeralds. “My younger brother, age 23, died by suicide. Michael was working in a Charleville company at the time and he seemed to be doing well, everything was good – and we had no idea he was struggling. “Even now, years on and having secured much help (eventually, that took a while to embrace), you can hear the break in his voice as he revisits that discovery, that this loved family member took his life and so suddenly. The Fitzgeralds were devastated.“A couple of months later, while we were not near  processing what had happened with Michael, I was playing hurling in Charleville. A tackle led to a life-changing injury.”Dessie stops the chat for a minute. “I was paralysed from the shoulders down. This happened the day before my 29th birthday.”He talks about treatment in the Mater Hospital, moving on for the bones of a year to the National Rehabilitation Hospital, and the welcome discovery that the spinal chord break was incomplete. There was hope of being able to recovery some mobility and further functioning.“Returning home, I struggled every way, with Michael and his death, with being pushed in a wheelchair. My amazing partner Sarah stood beside me. ” A return to the NRH and then home again “saw the real battle begin.”He is frank about the darkness, the anger and the depressions that governed.“Then my brother James, who was aged 16, passed away from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome while working out in the gym.“You can imagine how lost I was, all the ways, emotionally, physically, mentally. I had to deal with my kidneys [challenged by the spinal injury] and my mobility. There were days I could not get out of bed. I was really struggling.”The despair continued with many troubled, grieving days and nights. “Then I was with my brother Conor at the doctor’s surgery and I started to ask for help. I went to a healing workshop to try and clear my self, my mental health, my emotional self and I became more accepting. My physical body followed suit and more movement was possible.”With his wife Sarah, née McEvoyHe speaks lovingly and with some awe of his wife Sarah and how becoming closer, letting her in, was finally possible. They have two little boys today, MJ (4) and Jack (2).Ultimately, Dessie Fitzgerald re-trained and routed his work trajectory to become an acclaimed mind and life coach and motivational speaker.Be it personal development, career choices abd blocks, a sporting life, or overcoming difficulties and the past, he is renowned for one to one coaching, sessional care and also with groups, dealing with clubs, schools, communities.Perhaps his website says it best? “That is what I do. I help individuals overcome obstacles so they can achieve what they want in their personal lives, in the workplace or on the sports field and feel empowered, confident and peaceful while doing so.”Reader, take note.Some people have special qualities and charisma, their traumatic experiences navigated, making them well placed to bring a lantern into a darkened life or stymied career/ sports/ personal performance.What this Fitzgerald does is introduce a structured exploration towards one’s ultimate goal. This begins with an acceptance of what has happened, creating that non-judgmental space to tease out where a person wishes to be, and focus on arriving there.His online presence is a fine read at www.dessiefitzgerald.com WhatsApp NewsCommunityThe will to thrive – Dessie FitzgeraldBy Rose Rushe – October 31, 2019 339 last_img read more

Mc Gowan claims party meetings with senior garda undermine the JPC

first_img The Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee in Donegal says the practice of political parties meeting with senior gardai is undermining the committee’s work.In recent months Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have met with senior officers, and this afternoon, Fine Gael has been meeting with Chief Superintendent Terry Mc Ginn.However, Fianna Fail Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan, Chair of the Joint Policing Committee in Donegal says the committee has been given a very specific brief, but he fears it’s not being taken seriously as a result of these meetings…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/000mcgow1pm.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – January 28, 2013 Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Mc Gowan claims party meetings with senior garda undermine the JPC WhatsApp Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Newscenter_img Facebook Twitter Previous articlePSNI ombudsman investigates Eddie Fullerton murderNext articleMc Hugh says Shatter must give special consideration to border counties News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Resource guide: Diabetes

first_imgA livelysite aimed at young people with diabetes. Well resourced and includes detailedlinks to related web sites.RoyalNational Institute for the Blind224 GreatPortland StreetLondon W1N 6AATel:020-7388 1266www.rnib.org.ukGeneralinformation on issues related to blindness. Site contains detailed information ondiabetic retinopathy. Formerlythe British Diabetic Association, this is the leading charity in the countryfor people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping those withthe condition. This is a detailed and easy to use site that provides currentand archived news stories, statistics and facts on diabetes, and a specificpage for healthcare professionals with an interest in the subject. Thisincludes details of conferences and other diary dates, as well as carerecommendations and a research round up. Comprehensive and should be the firstport of call for anyone new to the subject. Thelisting above is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes suggestions forfurther topics of interest to include in this series. Tel:020-7222 5300Formerly theHealth Education Authority, the HDA has been set up by the Government to play acentral part in implementing the public health strategy Saving Lives: OurHealthier Nation. Comments are closed. UK-basedsite designed for those facing job discrimination due to diabetes. Has links toother related sites. Livingwith Diabeteswww.ndirect.co.uk www.healthinfocus.co.uk An excellentlyresourced site that provides a vast amount of information about all aspects ofdiabetes. Not the easiest site to use initially, but worth persevering. Itincludes news updates, information about products available to assist in themanagement of diabetes, as well as information about relevant books and videosand recent studies undertaken. It has links to support groups, organisationsand companies in the UK and overseas involved in all aspects of diabetes. Previous Article Next Article 10 QueenAnne StreetLondon W1M OBDTel:020-7323 1531Fax:020-7637 [email protected] Resource guide: DiabetesOn 1 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Compiledby Kate Rouy DiabetesInsightwww.diabetic.org.uk News,information and background about the treatment of diabetes in Canada. Thesymptoms of diabetes can often be misinterpreted in the workplace. TheOccupational Health resource guide offers a selection of useful contactssurrounding the topic DiabetesDiscrimination in Employmentwww.users.globalnet.co.uk HealthDevelopment Agencywww.hda-online.org.uk AmericanDiabetes Associationwww.diabetes.org CanadianDiabetes Associationwww.diabetes.ca Sitesponsored by Bupa, this offers essential facts about diseases and healthconditions. Its information on diabetes includes useful background aboutinsulin and non-insulin dependent diabetes, its causes, symptoms, availabletreatments and offers lifestyle tips. Well resourced and very user-friendlysite, offering easily digestible information. Useful to bookmark as a generalresource for information on a number of conditions. www.patient.org.ukA directory of UK health sites, extremely detailed source of information andsupport within the UK. Provides information on books, videos and details aboutall aspects of diabetes management as well as listings of all articlespublished by the British Medical Journal on diabetes since January 1998(diabetes is listed under endocrinology). DiabetesUK Thorough andup-to-date site offering a range of news and information. Among a wealth ofdetail it offers advice on cooking, shopping, nutrition and exercise for thosesuffering from diabetes. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more