Losing her hair due to chemotherapy didn't deter beauty queen Naomi
Published 11/04/2015 | 02:30
LOSING her hair due to chemotherapy didn't deter one plucky teenager from donning a wig and entering a beauty pageant.
And although she wasn't crowned 'Miss Kerry', Naomi Brosnan (17) says entering the competition gave her back her confidence.
Next year, once she has her Leaving Cert out of the way, she's hoping to set up a support group for teenagers with cancer so they have someone in their own peer group to talk to.
Naomi, a sixth-year student at St Bridget's Secondary School in Killarney, was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt Lymphona, a cancer of the lymphatic system, on November 5 and began an aggressive course of chemotherapy the following day.
She lost her beautiful, long hair but says she had the constant support or her dad Martin, mum Ciara O'Connor and sisters Cody (19) and Jade (13) and little brother Morgan (2), as well as her friends and teachers in St Bridget's, who were in her corner and helped her in her battle.
"I was lying in my hospital bed one night, completely bald and feeling I looked like a boy and my friend Samantha Roche asked me if I'd enter it with her," Naomi told the Irish Independent.