Orla Judge

Orla & Maura Judge

'When your family is going through cancer, the unknown can be the hardest part'

A woman from Meath who lost her mother to breast cancer has urged others to seek support.

Orla Judge’s mother Maura was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2015, and passed away last June at the age of 57.

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Mammy always supported the Irish Cancer Society and would have been so sad to hear that the traditional Daffodil Day had to be cancelled this year because of Covid-19.

“I signed up for the charity’s ‘Marathon in a Month’ in her memory to help raise funds and to commemorate mammy’s one-year anniversary. I raised over €3,000 and I’m so grateful for everyone who donated and to the Irish Cancer Society for their work.

“When mammy got sick we saw first-hand the importance of the work they do. It really resonated with mammy as she saw how they were helping everyone around her. She was a bit of divil, she always thought someone else needed the support more but she went out of her way to support the Irish Cancer Society.”

Orla urged others to talk about cancer and to get out of the “cancer bubble”.

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When your family is going through cancer, the unknown can be the hardest part and it can be difficult to understand what is happening.

“It’s important to have as much information and support as possible.

“It’s also important to talk about it. Sometimes you might not want to talk at the start, and that’s ok too, but there are supports available, so don’t be afraid to reach out and talk. Cancer can be very tough on family members too.”

Contact the Irish Cancer Society Support Line

If you or someone in your life is undergoing cancer treatment and are concerned about the coronavirus, you can speak confidentially to an Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurse through the Freephone Support Line on 1800 200 700.

Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm