Spiritual Support & The Saturday Night Show

  The world is in a crisis right now and it’s during these challenging times that we should look up and fix our eyes on the Lord. Not only do trials and tribulations test our faith but they draw us closer to Him. Five years have passed since appearing on Brendan O’Connor’s “The Saturday Night…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Flower Blossomed Stronger

After my last chemo session on the 1st April, it took 5 weeks for my hair to slowly start sprouting again. I had been quite fond of my low maintenance routine of never having to shave my legs or under arms so it was strange to see hair making an appearance again. When I saw…

Mad Max: I AM FURIOSA!!!

After the release of Mad Max Fury Road had us all sitting anxiously on our hands with bated breath, I decided to take matters into my own hands. It’s been just over 2 weeks since my 7hr operation (double mastectomy, reconstruction & removal of lymph nodes); I’m a Chemo Queen and I am Furiosa, helping women escape the…

How not to look like an Egg!

I know there are some of you out there still trying to gnaw through the remainder of your Easter Eggs. To celebrate Easter festivities drawing to a close (and so you don’t end up trying to eat me!), I have filmed a very quick makeup tutorial of the two essential tricks I do every morning…