Sunday 17 December 2017

'We're over the moon' - Síle's baby joy after five-year battle with cancer

Síle Seoige launches the Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Síle Seoige launches the Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Síle Seoige said she feels "blessed" to be pregnant following her 2012 battle with thyroid cancer.

The broadcaster had thought that motherhood might not be on the cards after her battle with the illness.

However, five years on from her initial diagnosis, Seoige said that everything is "happening at the right time" for her.

Seoige (37) is nearly four months pregnant with her first child with partner Damien O'Farrell, who she's been in a relationship with for two years.

Journey

She said she was over the moon with her news, given the tough journey she's had over the past few years.

"If five years ago someone had given me a crystal ball about my future... I might not have believed it, to be honest," she said.

"When you're stuck in a difficult situation, it's difficult to see past that but I'm so lucky, so happy."

Seoige said that while she was told her illness wouldn't affect her fertility levels, she still wasn't sure whether having a baby was going to happen for her and there's "always a concern" when you're going through treatment.

"When you're sick, you don't think that far ahead. You just want to get over being sick. It's great to be so many years out of that, so this is lovely," she said.

Last month, she received the 'all clear' from her doctor, five years on from her cancer diagnosis.

She described getting the news as "a gorgeous moment".

The Galway presenter said her sister Gráinne and her whole family were delighted with her news, as was her other half Damien, who is a member of An Garda Síochána.

"We're both just really happy.

"I suppose you have the chat (about) whether you want to have kids but you don't know whether it's going to happen," she told the Irish Independent.

"I really believe that things happen for a reason, so I'm just feeling really lucky that it's been part of my life plan," she said.

She has retrained as a yoga teacher after finding it hugely beneficial during her cancer battle.

She said it had been "such a gift in my life".

She now plans to do lots of pre-natal exercises during her pregnancy.

Talking about yoga, she said it "has helped me rebuild, reform, and ultimately to transform my life for the better".

"I feel grounded, more rooted and connected than I've ever been".

She announced her pregnancy at the launch of the Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards, which take place in Dublin this May.

Irish Independent

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