Chronic pain is a part of this Irish TV star’s life, but healing comes as she works with dogs. And through her volunteer work, she has also helped dogs who are in desperate situations.
According to the Irish Mirror, Hayes has Chiari malformation 1, spinal stenosis and Pots (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.) Working with rescue dogs with the ISPCA and Dogs Trust, the newspaper said, “has had a ‘cathartic’ effect on her.”Without daily medication and stints in the hospital every two weeks for pain relief, Hayes would not be able to function, the newspaper said. She told the Irish Mirror that she also gets “radio oblation injections which burn off a bit of the nerves in the back. If I didn’t get these treatments I wouldn’t be able to cope.” In 2016, Hayes’ book, “Pain Free Life: My Journey to Wellness,” was published. In it she tells how she developed “her own pain-control programme after years of chronic pain,” according to the newspaper. In the book she discusses how becoming a vegetarian, meditating, visualizing and having a positive mental outlook have helped heal her pain. Hayes, who is also a clinical hypnotherapist, has a new book called “Dog Tales.” In the book, “she explores the science behind animals and healing,” according to the Irish Mirror.
Dogs and HealingDogs have brought her tremendous healing, she said. “I still have all the conditions, but when I’m working with animals I go into this sacred place,” she said in the article.
“When you look into the eyes of a dog, oxytocin, known as the cuddle chemical, is released, and the same hormone is released when you give birth for the first time and look at your child.” she explained.