Inspirational Fiona set to represent Wexford
INSPIRATIONAL mother-of-three Fiona Kelly Campbell from Gorey has been selected to represent Wexford in the National Carer of the Year Award, which will take place in Dublin, next Wednesday, November 22.
Fiona, who lives in Newborough, was nominated by her daughter for the CarePlus Pharmacy Carer of the Year Award and was recently announced as the overall winner for Wexford and now goes through to the finals to represent her home county.
Speaking about her great achievement, Fiona said she is among 25 other regional winners, who will be present at the ceremony in the Westin Hotel.
Fiona is mother and full-time carer to Jay (20), Sam (17) and Daniel (8), so daughter Jay thought it was time to honour her hard work.
‘My son Sam was born premature at 25 weeks,’ said Fiona. ‘When he was just 18 months old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.’
Sam does not require the use of a wheelchair, as he has received numerous minor and major surgeries throughout his life to help him walk.
Youngest son Daniel was also born premature at 29 weeks, and Fiona and husband Dave went through an emotional time, as Daniel got a bleed on the brain when he was just one week old.
‘Because of the bleed on the brain, Daniel was then diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is non-verbal and in a wheelchair,’ said Fiona.
Oldest child Jay, who attends UCD, was 12-years old when she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease referred to as FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis).
The disease attacks the filtering units and the kidneys tend to fill up with fluid causing serious damage.
Fiona said there is no cure or treatment for her daughter’s condition, but she can take some medication that can help with some of her symptoms.
‘Jay is not on the transplant list because her GP luckily recognised just in time what was wrong with her,’ said Fiona.
As well as Fiona’s daily routine of being a full-time carer, she also looks after her mother on a part-time basis, with her two brothers, since her father passed away last year.
Speaking about her work, Fiona said it does get tough at times, but it is very rewarding and is looking forward to the national awards being held in Dublin this month.
Fiona Kelly Campbell regional winner of CarePlus Pharmacy ‘Carer of the Year’, and