Saturday 3 December 2016

TV3's Andrea Hayes has the write stuff for a second book after health struggles

Published 24/10/2016 | 07:55

Andrea Hayes
Andrea Hayes
Andrea Hayes. Picture: Brian McEvoy

TV3 presenter Andrea Hayes has put pen to paper and written a second book for 2017.

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The Animal A&E presenter was so encouraged with the reaction to her debut book that she has now written a second, which is all about achieving your goals and encouraging positivity.

She scored a best-seller with her first book Pain-Free Life, which chronicled her battle with constant pain, having been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Chiairi Malformation 1.

The 37-year-old broadcaster wrote the first book with Mercier Press but said she was "absolutely thrilled" to sign for the second book with Gill Books.

Andrea Hayes. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Andrea Hayes. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"This is something completely different from the first book," she said.

"It's a life goals journal so it's all about journaling, which I believe in, and it's all about encouraging people to write down your goals There's lots of gorgeous pictures and positive quotes.

"It's about the idea of being a New Year, new you. It's something I'm really proud of and I can't wait for it to hit the shelves."

Andrea's also busy working on a number of new shows for TV3, as well as standing in for Elaine Crowley on Midday.

She scored a big hit with her new show Animal Tales, which saw her spending last summer training as a canine career with Dogs Trust as she chronicled all its daily routines for the cameras.

A concept she came up with herself, Andrea's hopeful that a similar show will come back to the small screens next year.

Andrea Hayes on Ireland's Animal A&E/TV3
Andrea Hayes on Ireland's Animal A&E/TV3

"I'm hoping to do another animal show in the New Year, and Coming Home for Christmas is expected to return, so it's been really, really busy," she said.

She received much praise for her decision to deal with her constant pain through the power of the mind, training as a hypnotherapist in order to help her manage her discomfort better.

Andrea has also been diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, an abnormal increase in the heart rate that occurs after standing or sitting.

And Andrea said that it's a constant battle for her to stay well and remain positive when it comes to her health.

"I've had a few challenges recently health-wise, but it's been a tough time on a personal level.

"Thankfully, I'm doing really well now, which is great," she said.

Married to David Torpey, the pair have one daughter together, a little girl named Brooke (five).

She said her daughter started primary school recently so it's been a "busy household" at their Rathmichael home.


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