Thursday 23 October 2014

Morah Ryan's rave review for plucky Evelyn's memoir

Published 08/03/2014 | 10:52

Evelyn O'Rourke, author of Dear Ross pictured in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Evening Herald  7/3/2014
Evelyn O'Rourke, author of Dear Ross pictured in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Evening Herald

Morah Ryan has given a memoir written by Gerry Ryan's former sidekick her seal of approval.

Radio reporter Evelyn O'Rourke (41) has just penned her first book Dear Ross detailing her battle with cancer while pregnant with her second baby with former 2fm boss John McMahon.

Officially released this week, it has already gained approval from RTE stars like Joe Duffy and also Gerry Ryan's former wife.

Evelyn worked on the Gerry Ryan Show for eight years and was a regular voice to listeners.

She said: "Morah read the book, I gave her a copy, and she was lovely about it. There isn't a huge amount in the book about Gerry just because his death was the start of the whole cancer battle.

"But I gave her the book and she said some lovely things.

"Gerry's gone nearly four years and I still miss him, both off-air and on-air.

"I just loved working with him. It was devastating."

The legendary presenter passed away suddenly on April 30, 2010, but just a week before, Evelyn discovered an unusual pimple on her breast.

A few weeks later, she had it checked out by her doctor, who expressed concern and sent her for tests.

At the start of June 2010, she and hubby John found out they were expecting a second baby, a brother to their six-month-old boy Oisin.

But their delight was short-lived. Just a few days after the pregnancy was confirmed, they found out she had breast cancer.

"I found out I was pregnant on the June bank holiday Monday and I got the confirmation of the diagnosis on the Friday," she said.

"It was just cruel. All the joy of being pregnant again was utterly ruined."

She then had the ordeal of having to start cancer treatment while coming to terms with also being pregnant.

Evelyn, who's now a reporter on RTE show Arena, had the tumour removed under general anaesthetic before starting chemotherapy in her second trimester.

She underwent radiotherapy following Ross's birth in February 2011 and has now been given the all-clear. But she urges any woman to check themselves regularly and also go to their GP if they're worried about changes to their body.

(The Herald)

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