Be Not Afraid Episode 4: Helen Fahy

Be Not Afraid is a new six-part series which shows another side to the popular TV3 chef Edward Hayden. Edward, who presents The Saturday Show with Edward Hayden on KCLR 96fm, sits down with six local people to hear their true-life series.

In this episode, Edward speaks to former Carer of the Year and Rathvilly resident, Helen Fahey, who describes her life as a mother of a son with autism.

Helen’s little boy, Alex, was two-and-a-half when she discovered he was on the autistic spectrum.

“The waiting list for him to be assessed would have taken six months and I couldn’t wait that long… I went privately… I just wanted the psychologist to say it so I could say ‘right, it is autism and now I can see what I have to do and just get on with it’.”

She reveals her fears for Alex’s future: “You’d wonder will he be independent? Will he actually be able to live on his own? That’s the frightening part. It scares me to think too far ahead.”