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…

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…