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Bernie Martin is a Writer, Creative Consultant and, most importantly, Mother of a CF Fighter. After 15 years working as a Copywriter and Creative Director in some of Ireland’s top advertising agencies, she started her own consultancy called The Salty Pen in 2018. This move was born out of a desire to have more flexibility around caring for her little lady with CF, who she describes as her muse, her strength, her drive, her everything!

Bernie has written about the challenges facing CF families on her blog My Little Miss Salty, and she has written for The M Word and MummyPages. She has worked on a voluntary basis as a CF patient advocate in CHI Temple Street and as a campaigner during the #YesOrkambi campaign in 2016/17, with the support of Rothco, the advertising agency she worked with at the time. She has been a speaker at the Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Conference and at the new parent information day in Temple Street, as well as featuring in Humans of Dublin by Peter Varga.

Bernie and her daughter, Eva, recently collaborated with the University of Notre Dame in the 100th episode of their long running series, ‘What would you fight for?’ In this case, the fight is for new Cystic Fibrosis treatments. Bernie and her husband Dave live in Dublin, Ireland.

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