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85% of women now survive breast cancer over five years, compared to less than 50% in 1976.

 

Be inspired by the stories of the Breast Cancer Survivors who modeled for our Get the Girls Out Afternoon Tea in May 2017.


Alice Phelan


Alice is originally from Portlaw, but living in Waterford City with her partner Brian and 2yo son Billy. She was diagnosed with Grade 2 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (ER+) breast cancer in July 2016, at the age of 35.

Getting ready for bed one night, she discovered a small lump on her right breast, and went to her GP a few days later. Referred to the Breast Clinic in WUH, she had a triple assessment (mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy) on the same day. It was confirmed as cancer.

I couldn't process it while the doctor delivered the news, I kept thinking this must be a mistake. Unfortunately it wasn't a mistake, it was cancer but I had caught it early. In the coming weeks, I had surgery to remove the lump with a couple of lymph nodes, a cycle of IVF to retrieve my eggs and freeze embryos as I didn't know at the time if I needed chemo or not. After that I had 4 weeks of radiotherapy and have been on hormone therapy since. 

 

Maria Irish

 

10 years ago, during a routine check-up because of her family history, a friend of Maria's was diagnosed with breast cancer.

This prompted her to check herself, and she discovered an anomaly - not really a lump, but more of a thickening. Fortunately, she decided to get it checked, and discovered she too had breast cancer.

I had a mastectomy, lymphectomy, chemotherapy, radium therapy, and finally reconstruction. It will be 10 years in September and I feel great. I know I'm one of the lucky ones, and hopefully that will continue. Early detection is vital and thanks to my friend - who is sadly no longer with us - I was prompted to check myself. I cannot stress enough the importance of doing this.

Ruth Harris

37 yo single mum Ruth and her lovely daughter Lucy (10yo) were down all the way from Dublin for the event, doing their part to raise awareness. Ruth has been fighting cancer in her liver and sternum, as well as breast cancer, since January 2015. She started with intense chemo 3 times per week for 7 months - which shrank the tumours, and eliminated it altogether in her sternum.

Unfortunately though, it then spread to her bones, so she went through radiation therapy, and she's now back on chemo every week to prevent further spreads.

Thankfully, it's working...

My last 2 scans (Christmas and April) showed no new tumours, no growth in what's already there, and a postitive decrease in my liver tumour. So here I am.. making sure that I always have something planned to look forward to; because after being told last year that if I didn't tolerate this chemo there might be no more treatments left to try, I make sure that I make the most of every good day I have. And I still quote my original motto #CANCERYOUPICKEDTHEWRONGGIRL.

Jean Rowe

 

Waterford woman Jean is aged 48, a mother of two grown up kids – Cathal (21yo) and Sadie-mai (18yo) – and married to Tommy.

Back on 17th February 2015 (she remembers it was a Tuesday), she found a lump in her right boob and took herself straight to the doctor the very next day.

Jean said she knew herself something wasn’t right, and the doctor’s reaction confirmed it. It was stage 2 cancer, and it had moved into her glands. Her treatment was a lumpectomy, she had glands removed, 4 lots of chemotherapy and then 33 rounds of radium.

I'm just so happy now to have my energy back, to be able to do more day by day. I’m back running, and all good… thanks be to god.