'Most times we take life for granted' - RTE broadcaster Aine Lawlor on what she has learned from battling cancer
Aine Lawlor is best known for her current affairs savvy as presenter on RTE's The Week in Politics.
However, the 50-year-old broadcaster has another love, gardening, which she is thrilled to be able to return to following treatment for breast cancer.
Aine was diagnosed in late 2011 and was unable to garden at the time. Now she's gearing up to co-present Ireland's largest garden festival, Bloom, with Marty Whelan over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
"When I was sick I couldn't garden because my immune system was so compromised. So it was such a feeling of happiness to going back to having the earth under my fingernails," she told the RTE Guide.
Aine has a garden and an allotment in Enniskerry and credits her country grandmother Anne with instilling a love of gardening in her.
Of her cancer battle, she says she has learned "that what time you have is very precious".
"Most times we take life for granted. We don't notice the tadpoles or what kind of day it is, the things that you take for granted. In the garden it's easy to see that."
Aine's mother Anne died of breast cancer when she was just 47 years old.
"[Getting past 47] was my hang-up for a long time but then you think 'children get cancer' and you realise that there is no rhyme or reason to it.'" she told the magazine.
"Of course I feel desperately sad that we lost my mum so young but cells can go wrong in your body at any stage in your life.
"So it's not that I don't get scared now, it's just that you have to park that fear and not indulge it. If I do get sick again I don't want to be looking back and thinking I should have done this or should have enjoyed that more.