Stories of people living with and beyond cancer

Anne Nally-Keenan, cervical cancer survivor

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Keith Downey
Keith

Keith is thankful for the fortunate piece of advice that saw him diagnosed with bladder cancer at an early stage.

Joanna Louise Twomey
Joanna Louise

'This was my way of paying back while getting treatment for myself'

Nicola Lyons-Duffin
Nicola

'I was proud that I participated in a trial that can potentially save lives.'

Jamie Brady
Jamie

"It's so weird to feel like a bit of your body betrays you," says testicular cancer survivor Jamie Brady.

Elaine Scully in hospital
Elaine

"My first night in hospital was the night the lockdown was announced" - acute myeloid leukaemia survivor Elaine Scully.

Aidan Hunter
Aidan

Testicular cancer survivor Aidan urges, "If something isn’t right, don’t hang around: get it seen to."

Bernadette O'Hanlon
Bernadette

"There is such a taboo attached to bowel cancer, as if we shouldn’t be talking about it."

Vicki McGrath
Vicki

"The decision straight away was double mastectomy and reconstruction. It wasn’t a difficult decision for me. I just wanted to live."

Kenneth Giles landscape
Kenneth

‘If you delay and don’t get it seen to, the consequences could be life-threatening’

David Simons
David

‘Some people don’t know what to say to you’

Brian Britton family
The Britton Family

The Britton family shares their father Brian's diaries of life with a terminal cancer diagnosis.

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Redmond

"I feel I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't have any symptoms of pancreatic cancer."

Rhona Nally
Rhona

"More and more metastatic patients live for many years with a good quality of life."

Simon Henry
Simon

"With a new-born to deal with, my mind was spinning."

Tadhg Hanlon
Tadhg

"I remember my Dad telling me we had to be prepared in case it was something more serious"

Robbie Connell
Robbie

"If you take anything from my story, if you notice anything unusual in yourself, then please, please get it checked"

Childhood cancer
Abi & Michelle

"I want the world to know how proud of our daughter we are"

Alan test
Alan

"Hearing the words 'you have cancer' at the age of 17 is utterly surreal"

Clare Breen
Clare

Clare Breen shares her story of how cancer treatment caused her to think ahead about future family options

Saoírse Ruane
Saoírse

Big names take part in virtual festival for 8-year-old Saoírse, who was diagnosed with an Osteosarcoma tumour

Jane Jackson
Jane

"The waiting game during the pandemic is not a good one" - Jane's experience of skin cancer during Covid-19

Deirdre Smyth
Deirdre

"People need to take personal responsibility for the vulnerable in society" - chemotherapy during Covid

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Karen

"I haven't been able to hug anyone" - Karen's story of receiving a cancer diagnosis during a global pandemic

Vanessa Job
Vanessa

"I had to wait over three months for my colonoscopy" - cancer patient Vanessa Job shares her experience.

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Aileen

"Staff are trying to make it as easy as possible" - Aileen Murphy shares her experience of treatment and cocooning.

Anne Nally-Keenan, cervical cancer survivor
Anne

Westmeath woman Anne was 29-years-old and 29 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2012. 

Real Cost of Cancer case study Sinead Kealy
Sinead

Sinead was 34, two years married and just after becoming a mum for the first time when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in October 2009.

Eileen Rushe
Eileen

Cervical cancer survivor Eileen Rushe from Drogheda speaks about the challenges in survivorship.

James Anthony
James

"These images show the reality of not wearing sunscreen," says skin cancer survivor James.

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Pa Heenan

'My story is positive because of my reaction,' says testicular cancer survivor Pa

Paul Coghlan
Paul

'Lean on others during your journey, don’t try to do it solo'

Arianna
Arianna

‘I’m grateful every day that I noticed it in time’

Peter Corcoran
Peter

'Taking that step (to get counselling) changed my whole world'

Back of anonymous woman
Anne

Anne describes her counsellor as ‘a wonderful person who came into my life at the right time’

Karen Carey Moylagh
Karen

‘Without vital cancer research I wouldn’t have had treatment options’

Paul Markey
Paul

'Go get yourself checked out. Sometimes we men can be a bit macho about the whole thing,' says lymphoma survivor Paul.

Emma Muldowney Dublin
Emma

“6 months ago I struggled to even think about getting out of bed and now I am taking on a 10k run” - Ovarian cancer survivor Emma

Ciara garvey
Ciara

"I like to see my cancer as a pause in my life, a really bad pause, but a pause all the same.” - Thyroid cancer survivor Ciara

Eddie McGuinness
Eddie

‘I want to encourage men not to be scared’

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Anne-Marie McCutcheon

“It felt like everything was coming at me at the one time – it was incredibly overwhelming.”

leona
Leona

“Nothing is as scary as the ideas you create in your head.”

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