Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo was brought up in Co Leitrim, Ireland. She trained as a nurse at Trinity College, Dublin, worked in France and Calcutta and was one of the first Western women to learn acupuncture after the Cultural Revolution. She has known - and looked after - the two black sheep of the British royal family and also had to come to terms with long periods of serious illness. Through all this she has learned much of great value to pass on to us all. She lives in Paris and London.