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The agony of shingles: ‘The pain is excruciating. It seems to radiate through your body and affect the nerve endings’

She is used to reporting the news from across the country, but now Teresa Mannion is raising awareness of shingles, a virus which both she and her mother endured​​​​​​

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RTÉ's Teresa Mannion, pictured at her home in Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan

RTÉ's Teresa Mannion, pictured at her home in Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan

Both Teresa and her mother had Shingles. Photo: Ray Ryan

Both Teresa and her mother had Shingles. Photo: Ray Ryan

Teresa Mannion enjoys an active lifestyle in her downtime. Photo: Ray Ryan

Teresa Mannion enjoys an active lifestyle in her downtime. Photo: Ray Ryan

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RTÉ's Teresa Mannion, pictured at her home in Galway. Photo: Ray Ryan

She could be in Belmullet one day bringing us the news from rural Co Mayo or back in Galway City doing a live broadcast for RTÉ’s Six One News — but Teresa Mannion never takes her health for granted. .

As one of RTÉ’s most instantly recognisable faces, Teresa (59), is urging the over 50’s to understand shingles as something that can literally stop you in your tracks. She knows all too well the negative impact shingles can have and wants to speak out about her own experiences — new research shows a lack of awareness in the over-50 category about aspects of the condition that can be debilitating, and have a serious impact on quality of life.


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