Sunday 21 December 2014

Top Irish chef Domini Kemp reveals she is battling breast cancer

Domini Kemp

DOMINI Kemp, the chef and cook book author has spoken for the first time about her cancer diagnosis at the age of 41.

The writer and cook, who runs the It’s a Bagel chain of outlets with her sister Peaches, two restaurants and four cafes, and a catering company, is undergoing chemotherapy every three weeks.

The mum of two revealed that she discovered a hard lump on her breast in March this year, a week before her mum passed away from Parkinsons.

 

“I found the lump the week before she died and then went into a breast clinic the week after, so it really was a bit of a bang, bang, bang,” she tells the new issue of VIP magazine.   

 

A biopsy revealed that she had three small tumours and Domini is now undergoing treatment, which she admits finding gruelling.

 

“I found that I felt awful for two or three days like I had the flu, a really bad hangover and I felt seasick.  I was bored time went by really slowly and everything sounded sharp.”

 

The chef admits she misses cooking dinner for her husband Garvan and two daughters Lauren (15), whose dad is chef Conrad Gallagher, and  Maeve (3).

 

“II get very down if I can’t cook dinner at home; I really  like feeding the family and when I can’t do that I feel useless.”

 

“I’m also doing a lot more juicing and I try to take wheatgrass as often as I can,” she tells the magazine.

 

The one thing Domini has found difficult was losing her hair, and today wears a wig, that no one would guess was not her own hair.

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