SINEAD Gould was too busy working and planning her wedding to notice her weight loss or recognise the other symptoms.
But at the age of 30, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"It was a huge shock," said Sinead, who is now the happily married mother of seven-month-old Emily.
Yesterday, Sinead (33) from Navan, Co Meath, shared her cancer journey with hundreds of people who attended the launch of the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day.
She recalled: "I was due to be married in September 2006 when I was diagnosed that June. I had loads of symptoms but didn't recognise them.
"The wedding was in September but I had to put it off until November the following year."
Sinead faced scans and biopsies and the immediate start of six months of chemotherapy.
"I lost my hair almost immediately after the first round of chemotherapy," she said.
Now back to full fitness, Sinead said: "I feel fine now and I'm only tired from sleepless nights because of Emily!"
The young mother added: "I always thought cancer was an old person's disease that wouldn't happen to me but young people need to be aware of the symptoms."