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Thursday 22 August 2019

'I got out of hospital this day last year...I feel great'

On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of
Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
On the move: The field makes its way through the streets of Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

The Women's Mini-Marathon coincided with the one-year anniversary of when Leontia Fahy got out of hospital, after a breast cancer diagnosis.

"I had breast cancer last year. I was diagnosed in May," said Ms Fahy from Stillorgan in Dublin.

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She was 37 at the time of the diagnosis, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy as part of her treatment last year at the Beacon Hospital.

But thankfully a year on, she is feeling great.

"I got out of hospital this day last year," she said.

She said the surgery was carried out at the end of May, and the chemotherapy treatment was carried out over the months of July, August, September and October.

"I'm great, not a bother, it's brilliant," she said.

She and a group of her friends, including Michelle Keane from Goatstown, Orla Fusciardi and Aofie McMorrow from Bohernabreena, Oonagh Keogh from Knocklyon, Hazel Ryan from Rathfarnham and Niamh Ryan from Glasnevin ran the mini-marathon to raise funds for Breast Cancer Ireland.

They all wanted to do something for the good cause.

"We have raised €3,500 so far," said Leontia, who works for Permanent TSB.

Meanwhile, Dublin mother Lisa McHugh Farrelly was part of a group sporting 'Glen's gang' T-shirts.

From Clondalkin, she explained she is Glen's mother, and he has spinal muscular atrophy type 2.

The 17-year-old, who will sit his Leaving Cert this week, uses a wheelchair.

The group she was running with were hoping to raise funds to get him a special travel seat to make his journeys more comfortable when he goes to third level, he is hoping to go to Maynooth University.

The seat has to be sourced from the UK and costs in the region of €4,525.

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