I had my first baby when I was 32 and just seven months later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had 2 surgeries, a successful round of IVF, 5 months of chemotherapy and 4 weeks of radiotherapy. It was a very difficult time but the support from my family got me through the toughest times. I decided to share my story on my Instagram page to bring more attention to the fact the women under 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer and to encourage younger women to check their breasts. I teamed up with Breast Cancer Ireland around this time and went on to meet some great friends and fellow survivors of the disease. It hasn't been an easy road but through it all I discovered the importance of self-care and wellness. It has taken me down an extraordinary path lead to the creation of my podcast The Good Glow.
Myself and Suzanne go way back, having first met each other when we worked in a radio station in Dublin. We always kept in touch, but we really reconnected when I got sick and I felt so supported by her at this time. When she approached me about this project I thought it was so special and a really great way to raise money for such an important cause. I sat down with her team to design a lash that could be worn by women who are going through treatment and may have lost their eyelashes, but also by women who just wanted to support Breast Cancer Ireland. Having lost all of my own hair during chemotherapy I know how difficult this time can be. I was so delighted with the design and really think it will appeal to all women. The lash is super natural and very feminine.
Having worked so closely with Breast Cancer Ireland I know that the money raised from this project will go directly into researching a cure for breast cancer. I've been to the labs with BCI and have seen first-hand the amazing work they do.
I'd encourage all women to download the Breast Cancer Ireland app to learn how to check themselves properly and contact their GP immediately if they notice any changes in their breasts.
When women support each other, amazing things can happen and this has been proven to me over the past couple of years. It means so much to us to have amazing people like Suzanne fighting our corner for us and helping us research a cure. Together, we can help make a difference.