Michelle Heffernan

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‘I’m a man with bulimia. Yes, we exist’

“The only thing I remember about eating disorders growing up was girls in advertisements with bones sticking out,…

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Intersex: ‘They decide a gender for you and that’s it for your whole life’

The I in LGBTQIA stands for Intersex and it is estimated that 1.7% of the global population is…

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‘Why are we so starved of support?’: The reality of an eating disorder in Ireland

The tragic recent death of Nikki Grahame is sadly not uncommon. With the highest mortality rate of any…

By Michelle Heffernan

Is it time we threw out the book entirely, and made up our own relationship rules? 
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Sleeping in separate beds and other ‘alternative’ practices that help these relationships thrive

From being engaged to a partner 30-years your junior, to couples living apart entirely – Michelle Heffernan speaks…

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Michelle Heffernan speaks to three women with disabilities, who must constantly endure hardship over Ireland’s response to illness.
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‘I wake up and go to bed in pain. My children have the same syndrome – that’s what gets me through’

In a time when we have all had our freedoms restricted, Michelle Heffernan speaks to three women with…

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Porn addiction: ‘It was like having another relationship. It was affecting me physically and I was sneaking around’

Ireland is now the sixth largest consumer of pornography in the world, and while pornography can have benefits,…

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It’s an exhausting cycle of fear, guilt and shame. The pandemic has seen my monster eating disorder return

The pandemic has deeply disrupted daily life across the world and exacerbated many mental health problems as a…

By Michelle Heffernan