The Surprising Physical Benefits of my Chemo & Double Mastectomy

Today is my 5th Cancerversary and with 5 years of healthy post-treatment-living under my belt, I must say there are some unexpected positive effects. To name but a few, I enjoy having thicker hair, a bigger cup size and not being able to breastfeed – hello well-rested mama!  Here are 3 other stand-out benefits:   Brushing…

What to get a Chemo Queen for Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and it may be hard to know what to get the Chemo Queen in your life, especially something that could be useful and greatly appreciated. During my cancer treatment, I felt absolutely cuddled by all the support I received. Every few days felt like my birthday as little packages came…

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…

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…

Chemospiration, Wexford and Sunshine!

Teaming up with Tanorganic, Sam McCauleys and Marie Keating Foundation, 17th July was a fun Friday, not only for the sun splitting beautiful sunshine but for the great cause it was in aid of. Sam McCauley and Tanorganic donated 1euro per bottle sold in June and July to Breast Cancer Ireland. Marie Keating Foundation were…

Snoods of Fun!

When you have a bald head you quickly realise how insulating hair must have been!  I sometimes feel a chill around my ears and the back of my neck even when I’m just sitting at home working from my laptop. It’s important that Chemotarians avoid getting sick or picking up a cold since our immune systems are taking a battering….

Love Your Body – Shop!!

Yesterday was a glorious day in London and it was also my 4th cycle of chemo, which meant only one thing: Playing with sunshine n’ shadows! After my treatment, I rushed into Westfield Shopping Center in Shepherd’s Bush to pick up some much needed supplies before the chemo effects kicked in. It’s great to have…