This week is Cervical Cancer Awareness week so I thought I would tell my story again and how I ended up sitting in my sitting room writing about how I at 35 have terminal Cervical Cancer. I wrote the above last week but unfortunately I have been extremely unwell I got my very first smear after my son Séamus was born in 2006 I was 20. … Continue reading My Story for Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
Happy New Years.. It is hard to imagine but I have actually had one of the best Christmas’s ever. And the reason.. my family. We managed to celebrate together. I got to cook dinner, (with a lot of help obviously) Last night because my brother is home from Canada we decided to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary together and ring in the new year. … Continue reading Cancer and Christmas
I am not one to do things by half. And the cancer it seems is the same. Over the last few weeks, I have been attending the Mater to get some CT and MRI scans. I got told last Thursday at chemo by a registrar the cancer is in the bones. Now the fella was hot as usual (the Mater have a strict good-looking DR’s … Continue reading Hip, T spine, Lungs the lot
I have a tea towel I got as a gift last time I got diagnosed and says “not all superheroes wear capes and has loads of pics of woman in different life roles. I’m planning on framing it (this last two years ) and it could not be more true. If you have read any blog of my mine you know how important and amazing … Continue reading Not all superheroes where capes…
As I’ve mentioned I’m having issues getting Séamus to school. The rushes are blessed with very reactive stomachs and obviously this is one trait Séamus got too. When we are stressed or worried we get such upset stomachs you’d swear it was food poisoning or the bad dose (doing the rounds). But no we are internalizing everything until we make ourselves physically sick. The problem … Continue reading How many times in life do you think you can physically feel your heart break? This evening was one of the strongest chest pains ever. Life is so fucking unfair and I feel like going back for a reshuffle.
Firstly just a reminder to check your bits, women your boobs, glands… Boys your penis and balls (not sure how I feel about typing that .. that’s the catholic school girl in me ). Stay on top of the smears, bowel checks, mammograms, colposcopes and any other tests going. They help. Yes I know nothing is perfect but as tesco says would say every little … Continue reading Happy Friday Everyone…I won’t lie, I struggle to tell the difference it’s been that long since I was in working.
It was about 10am on the 18 December 2018 when I got a call in work asking me to attend to the colposcopy unit in the Louth Hospital at 1pm that same day. Bearing in mind I work in Dublin City centre a one and a half hour bus trip away, I was certain it wasn’t to tell me all was clear. The two years … Continue reading Don’t get cervical cancer like me, Smears help with that
It’s been a couple of months since my last post, when I shared the good news the treatment for my cervical cancer had worked and I was clear from cancer. It’s a weird one.. I need to be absolutely delighted to be cancer free when in fact I don’t think I fully processed getting the cancer diagnosis or the fact that I lived away from … Continue reading Introducing the new me and what I would tell the pre cancer me
So way back in December when I got diagnosed with Cervical Cancer I was asked a lot about the HPV vaccine and to be honest my knowledge was very limited. For one it I had left school years by the time the schools HPV Vaccine programme was introduced and secondly I have a son and until September 2019 (THIS YEAR) the vaccine was not available … Continue reading The HPV Vaccine
Last Wednesday I met Doctor Gilmore my oncologist in St Luke’s in Rathgar to find out the results from my MRI and PET scans. We (myself, my mam and sister) sat down in the exact same room I sat in back in December 2018 (to be told all about my treatment plan for Cervical Cancer) to hear whether or not I was cured. My mam and … Continue reading So the good news is I am cancer free…