Palermo Birthday Weekend

    Approaching my 35th birthday, I had nothing special planned….until something special popped up! Gaetano’s (my husband) cousins had come over to Sicily from Rome and they were going to Palermo for the weekend so we decided to join them and stay with Gaetano’s brother and his wife who live there.   It’s pretty…

My Christmas Diary

My 2 week Christmas holiday- with loved ones from Sicily-Rome-Ireland-London.
Better late than never?

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…

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…

Canspiration!

[A piece on the piano to mark 4 out 5 weeks of radiotherapy completed] Parents try to prepare us for the world of give and take. We are given pocket money as youngsters but we are expected to do chores in exchange. God gifts us with talents and inspires us with passions. Talents are given…

Stonehenge’s Summer Solstice 2015

What better way to celebrate my first week of radiotherapy but to get dressed up and ring in the Summer Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge with 23,000 other people!! A 2 hour drive from London, Stonehenge is Europe’s best known prehistoric monument and is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Among its many mysteries of how and…

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….

Interstellar

After being cooped up at home recovering from the chemo effects, I feel today is a rebirth into the world again. I’ve been to another universe and back, and boy does it feel good to have that spring back in my step again! To celebrate my reintroduction to the world, today’s look is Interstellar. Make-up: Lush Lipstick “Passionate”…

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…