Stories of people living with and beyond cancer

Anne Nally-Keenan, cervical cancer survivor

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

Rhona Nally

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

Simon Henry

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

Tadhg Hanlon

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

Robbie Connell

"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"

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

Clare Breen

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

Saoírse Ruane

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

Jane Jackson

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

Deirdre Smyth

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

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

Vanessa Job

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


"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

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 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

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

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