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Friday 18 April 2014

Cancer battle has made me love growing old, says RTE's Lawlor

Aine Lawlor

BROADCASTER Aine Lawlor has said that she embraces old age having beaten cancer following "brutal treatment".

The 52-year-old was given the all-clear following a battle with breast cancer in April 2012.

Now viewers will see the mother-of-four retrace her journey, as well as looking into the "too-common reality" of the disease, in the first of her two-part TV documentary 'Facing Cancer' which airs next week.

RTE presenter Lawlor, who took up her post as one of the co-anchors of Sean O'Rourke's vacated 'News at One' in September, said that she now looks forward to growing old.

"Time is so different to me now," said Lawlor.

"A lot of people don't like getting older. I love getting older . . . I want to see all those things that show I have lived a life," she said in an 'RTE Guide' interview.

The programme also sees Lawlor explore the developments in breast cancer treatment since the death of her own mother, Anne, in 1985 at just 47.

"My mother wasn't the only one in the family. It was a terrible disease that required brutal treatment. I was just so glad to get past my mother's age and believe that the Sword of Damocles had not fallen.

"Then it did and I realised that there were reasons not to be as terrified as I was," she said.

'Facing Cancer' airs at 10.15pm on RTE One on November 7.

Irish Independent

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