Cathy Lynch, 56, Offaly
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. I was working with my husband John on setting up a new business and life was busy with our three boys, Sean, Conor and Liam, who were 11, 8 and 6 at the time.
I had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy at St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. We worked very hard to try and keep life as normal as possible during this time and were lucky to have the support of family and a close circle of friends.
In April 2016, after 11 years of regular scans and appointments, I noticed an unusual pain in my side. My very diligent GP referred me for a scan and the news came that my cancer had come back. I had developed secondary breast cancer in my liver and bones.
This was a devastating blow for John and me and the boys.
But my life is so much more than my cancer diagnosis. Sometimes, the reality of it all hits home and I panic, temporarily! I try not to dwell on the future too much. I attend my local Cancer Support Centre, and recently, a course of reflexology has really benefited me.
I am strong and determined to make the most of my situation and live in the now.
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