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'I'm nearly across the finish line' - author Emma Hannigan celebrates her final round of chemotherapy

Sasha Brady

Published 15/09/2016 | 14:52

Emma Hannigan's cancer has come back ten times since she was first diagnosed in 2007. 'I just get on with things. That's all,' she says. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan.
Emma Hannigan's cancer has come back ten times since she was first diagnosed in 2007. 'I just get on with things. That's all,' she says. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan.

Author Emma Hannigan is celebrating her final round of chemotherapy as she battles cancer for the tenth time.

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The award-winning writer took to Twitter to share the news that she was undergoing her last round of chemotherapy.

"I'm nearly across the finish line," she wrote on the social media app, followed by the hashtag #TwoFingersToCancer.

The mum-of-two has bounced back from cancer nine times ever since she discovered she carried the rare Brca1 cancer gene in 2005.

In 2008 she had to undergo a double mastectomy and had both ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

Read more: Emma Hannigan: 'Bouncing back from cancer nine times has made me realise that life is precious'

"It was an easy decision for me - I didn't see it as a negative thing - I never have. Instead I viewed it as an opportunity to enhance my chances of survival. I had two small children who needed a mother. Nothing else mattered," she told Independent.ie of her choice to reduce her risk of developing cancer to five percent.

However, Emma was diagnosed with cancer for the tenth time last October and she found the months that followed to be "excruciating".

Read more: 'My greatest fear is to leave my children prematurely'- author Emma Hannigan on battling cancer for the tenth time

"It was nauseating and excruciating, but for me the draining exhaustion it caused was the worst part because it meant I was very limited with what I could do. Also the nerve-blocker medicine I was on meant I was woozy and found it hard to write. Not a fun time in my life, it's safe to say," she told the Sunday Independent in July.

"It was exhausting and for the first time in ten years, it meant I was totally flummoxed by my cancer. Up until that point, I had always managed to keep it in the background where it belongs."

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