Hello, my name is Olive…

I write, speak and act from my heart, and my head.

Living in the wild west of our beautiful island of Ireland, I travel far and wide to help individuals and organisations meet their visions, goals and dreams. Mom to four beautiful girls, and married to my best friend Fintan, I wake up every day, grateful for the simple things in life.

Our lives haven’t been the easiest, which is probably why I appreciate the small things in life. Our family journey is what led me into the world of healthcare advocacy, activism and innovation. 

I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk…

Making a long story very, very short, my four beautiful daughters all have complex, chronic health conditions. Throw in a few heart surgeries, chemotherapy treatments and every other type of therapy – that sums up pretty much a lot of their lives. Furthermore, my husband had a stroke at age 42, and I cared for my late dad who was on a seriously risky combination of twenty two medications. Managing all of this was really hard but I was not going to let it get the better of me. Completely solution focused, I created little health record to help me keep it all together, which became the widely known, MediStori. I am an innovator through and through.

Why I do what I do…

Having first hand experience in the issues that can arise from manoeuvering within our health system, I have a passion to drive, promote & educate all stakeholders on the importance of citizen engagement. I am deeply empathetic and will go out of my way to help anyone struggling.

I love to share what I do…

I  love to learn, and love more to share what I do through blogging and speaking publicly, nationally and internationally – my aim is to share everything I learn with as many as I can, because in healthcare, we are all here to either get better, or to help someone get better. To ensure every project in hand is a success, I know the key is to be as educated as possible. I am a certified Self Management Facilitator of Chronic Disease (Stanford University); and have two International Fellowships with both Canterbury University and ISQua. Combining all of this, with my earlier studies in Business, Legal, Youth Work & Society , I have a broad overview  of what is needed to make real change happen.

My likes…

I love to dance like no-one is watching; write like everyone is reading; and listen to old school music in the car at every chance I get (I can’t sing to save my life!) I’m a full blown romantic and child at heart – there’s nothing better than watching a good Disney movie with my girls! My favourite movie is Princess and the Frog – Tiana shows how anyone, against all the odds, can still be resilient, focused and follow her dreams! (You should listen to the song “Almost There” if you’re ever having a bad day!) I am currently a youth leader with the No Name Club. I love working with young people; I realised this when I was given the big role of Chairperson to set up our own local youth centre. I made it my main responsibility to ensure the voice of the teen was involved every step of the way.

…and dislikes!

I have absolutely no tolerance of bullying, in any form – pattern or no pattern. I hate to see injustice done to anyone. I cannot tolerate poor decision making which can harm others. I get frustrated when I see people’s voices muted. It bothers me a little that patient advocates and charities don’t seem to want to come together to advocate for the same issues – access, equality and safety. In short, I hate unhealthy competitive cultures.

(Oh yeah, I just remembered – I also can’t stand the smell of fish!) 

I’m creative…

My brain never really sleeps – often I can be  found getting up in the middle of the night painting, drawing or designing some new creation that came into my head. I live and breathe design – always looking at effective and efficient ways to solve problems. I often visualise about building my dream house on the edge of the Atlantic ocean – and have gone so far as to learn how to use 3D software to draw up my plans (got to live in hope..!) 

Proud moments…

Well, obviously, my daughters are my ultimate achievement – watching them grow to become unique, kind human beings gives me the greatest pleasure. Two of my personal highlights were winning investment on Dragons’ Den 2017 and winning the prestigious international JCI Award for Medical Innovation. An Taoiseach [Ireland’s Prime Minister] also endorsed my good self on  international television stating that MediStori could “save our health service millions”. Prior to this, I was hand-picked from 10,000 other women from across the world to be videoed for the Clinton Global Initiative! 

Relationship with my environment…

I am most in my element when I visit our Wild Atlantic Ocean; it always helps me put things in perspective when I think of how small I am and how vast it is. I identify with it in many ways: it has great energy and aims to provide much good for our beautiful Earth. Even when the Ocean is quiet, you can hear it. If you can’t hear it, you can close your eyes and feel it. The Ocean changes colour depending on its environment and the time of day. It can influence our health and well-being. It works in alignment with other forces outside of its zone. Mostly, it is calm, even though it has a hell of a lot going on under the surface. Every now and again it to surges its head and it crosses boundaries so people don’t forget that it’s there.

Me, in a nutshell!

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My Story builds MediStori

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