Care For Your Pair - your stories
Clinical trials – 'It’s nice to be part of something bigger’
'It is important to know that there is hope around cancer, there are many success stories.'
'My story just goes to show the importance of getting yourself checked early on. If you find anything you’re worried about at all, go to your doctor.'
‘You can almost talk yourself out of getting checked.’
‘If I didn’t check myself I could have missed my lump.’
'I got up at 8.00am to go to hospital, and by 12:30pm I was diagnosed with breast cancer.'
'Grief is like a pendulum. Some days are easier than others.'
'I hope I can help people in the same situation as I am in'
'Audrey had an amazing strength of character and bore her illness with great dignity.'
'Early detection is so important... it’s easy to dismiss a pain or an ache.'
'I would consider myself very lucky to be diagnosed at such an early stage.'
'The hair loss is difficult to deal with but it’s a small price to pay.'
'I have cancer, this is my news, and this is what is going on with me at the moment.'
'It’s not easy for me losing my breast, but I know there is no other option and I’m ready to take it head on.'
'It’s not something you expect to hear in your twenties, especially when you are feeling fine.'
'It is so important to have hope. Hope that you are going to get through it and you are going to be okay.'
'I thought my world was ending. I asked, why me? My first thoughts were about my four young children and my husband.'
'I would always say to women, check yourself at least once a month. Early detection is the best treatment out there.'
Eimear Cregg shares her experience of living with metastatic breast cancer
'I went straight to the doctors on Monday morning. I initially wasn’t going to go, but of course I’m glad I did now.'
'If something doesn’t feel right, you do not have time to waste. Don’t be reluctant to speak to your doctor.'
'I was determined not to let cancer beat me. I kept a positive attitude throughout my treatment.'
'It happened to me and could happen to anybody. If even one person checks themselves after hearing my story, I’ll be happy.'
Clinical nurse specialist Marie from Limerick shares her experience and some words of support for others with metastatic breast cancer
'The decision straight away was double mastectomy and reconstruction. It wasn’t a difficult decision for me. I just wanted to live.'
'The hardest part about having cancer in 2020 was doing everything alone. I had to wave at my kids out the window. It was heart-breaking.'