What I got (myself) for Christmas

Need some 2018 inspiration? Here’s what I got to rocket towards my goals

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Perfecting the Growhawk

  During the early stages of frustratingly awkward hair-growth, (also known as “waking up resembling a unicorn every morning”), your hair fights against the brush and like a 2 year old’s temper tantrum, it just does not want to settle down. Instead, it stands tall and proud on your head as if you have put…

Be Hair-ful!

The thing you will have to prepare yourself, my fellow Chemo Queens, is that when your hair does grow back you will receive many comments on it and, surprisingly, from people that vaguely know you or who don’t know you at all. Your hair is now public property! I’ve been told that my hair has…

Blade Runner

When my hair first started to grow back in May last year after finishing chemo, I started to have dreams where my blonde hair had already grown down to my shoulders. I was distressed in my dreams as I wasn’t ready for my hair to grow back. I didn’t want to blend into the crowd…

Inception

  For those who haven’t seen Chris Nolan’s epic thriller Inception (no spoilers), it tells the intriguing story of Dom Cobb (Leonardo Di Caprio) who has the ability to enter and share people’s dreams to steal secrets or plant ideas in their subconscious using a shared dream technology that also allows him to create a…

Cork-On-Ice

As I sit here in recovery from my second operation, January is drawing to a close and I can faintly hear spring’s whispers haunt winter’s last breath. If you are looking for one last “hoo haw” to honour the end of the sleepy cold months before spring’s sunshine warms your face again, Cork-on-Ice in Mahon…

Cancerversary

4th December is a special date to me, it is the anniversary of when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Grade 3 breast cancer at 31 years old. Honouring my “cancerversary”, I will take you down the path from discovery to diagnosis. The morning I woke up to my 7cm x 4 cm lemon-sized lump…

Xpose & Oasis Top Vlogger

It was one of those evenings you don’t know what to expect and it turns out to be a cracker of a night! Attending the “Me, Myself & Oasis Wrap Party” in Oasis Store, St. Stephen’s Green, we celebrated Aine O’ Neill being crowned Ireland’s Next Social Superstar & Top Vlogger. Xpose and Oasis’ competition challenged 9 contestants to complete…

Strictly Against Breast Cancer Gala

  Breast Cancer Ireland’s 3rd “Strictly Against Breast Cancer” Black Tie Gala last Saturday night rolled out their pink carpet and brought Irish TV personalities and Cancerians together to have a dance off and compete for the coveted privilege of first place to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. With Nicky Byrne as the host and Emma Hannigan,…

Tit for Tat

20th November marks my one year anniversary when I woke up groggy one wintry morning to discover a 7cm x 4 cm lump in my right breast. It was the size of a small lemon and, very bizarrely, had grown over night. To commemorate my lump-changing event, I am ready to write about what so…

Malloween

Malloween- Not ghouls made from marshmallows but Halloween in my hometown Mallow! Last Saturday night Furiosa begged to be taken on a night out. Not satisfied with having a day out at a Mad Max demolition yard in London back in May*, she wanted to experience Malloween for herself. First stop was The Mouse Trap, a little…

Nightmare Realm: Dare to be Scared!

My Nightmare Realm experience on Monday 26th October was the perfect way to draw Cork’s Jazz Festival Weekend to an end and to get into the Halloween vibe. If you are a fan of American Horror Story, you will not be disappointed for what they have in store for you in this three story scare fest on Albert Quay. Fumbling along a…

Today Show – Breast Cancer Special

I was thrilled to be invited to be part of RTE1’s Today Show Breast Cancer Survivor Special on Tuesday 20th October. I never expected that just in my first week back to live in Ireland that I would be on Irish television twice!! It was a great show dedicated to Breast Cancer Survivors with informative…

I AM Ireland, Ireland (I) AM

I was delighted to be invited on TV3’s Ireland AM along with Deirdre Featherstone, a fellow Irish breast cancer blogger who’s blog is called “Kicking the Shite out of Cancer” on Thursday 15th October. I arrived into Dublin the day before to be styled by Judy Gilroy at Oasis. Her room was super cool with…

Sam McCauleys, Douglas & Chemospiration!

Apologies to all my readers for the delay since my last blog post. I’ve had a very busy month as I was preparing to move home from London to Ireland. I’m happy to report that my husband and I have arrived safe and sound yesterday to my home town Mallow, Co. Cork where we will…

Body & Soul, Here I go!

Given I have a busy week this week, this post will be an update as to what I’m to. Sicily & my Italian Blog… I had a beautiful holiday in Sicily with my husband, his family and friends. I used my time there to launch an Italian version of this blog called http://www.avanticonstile.com  as I wanted to…

Radio o, Radio a, Radio therapy

Having completed 4 months of chemo and recovered well from my operation, the last phase of my treatment was to complete 5 weeks of radiotherapy, which was 20 minutes every day Monday – Friday. They say that radiotherapy can be physically quite tiring as you are basically radiating your cells to kill any minuscule cancer…

(Safe)Tanning in the Rain!

What do you get when you raise skin cancer awareness in London with bikini-clad models bronzed with Tanorganic and torrential rain? Huffington Post’s 2nd Best Image from Around the World of course!! One month of rain bucketed down in just a few hours, you’d expect this to be worst weather to promote an all-natural and organic fake tan and a #safetanning…