'I appreciate life more' - Inspirational woman diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer fulfils wish on touching episode of Liveline
A Cork woman who touched the nation last year after sharing her story on RTE's Liveline fulfilled her wish to take a driving lesson on a touching episode of the programme's Call Back series.
Anne Herlihy (55) from Charleville opened up about her terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis on the RTE Radio One programme in August 2016, and told presenter Joe Duffy of her bucket list, which included her wish to learn to drive.
In a touching segment on Liveline:Call Back on Thursday, the mum-of-two faced her fears and took a driving lesson with her local instructor Martin Hennessy. Despite her fears Anne survived her maiden voyage and was welcomed home by a band of her grandchildren wielding 'Good Luck' signs.
"I have a fear of getting in behind the wheel of a car and driving and everybody else that knows me has that fear as well for themselves, not for me. Because I can't take instruction.
"I always had the fear that I'd knock down a wall, that I'd crash into a dog, things I couldn't control."
The inspiring mum said she appreciates life more since she was diagnosed, and is enjoying the time she has with her family more than she ever did before.
"Cancer takes so much away from you. It took my career, it took my independence. It took away, somehow, the joy of living in the present but that was at the start. Now I see joy in everything. "Everyday that I have the grandchildren and the children there's joy involved. I appreciate it more."
"Statistics aren't very good. I was told three out of ten survive to five years. Now, I hope to be one of those three and if I survive to five it will be a bonus because I'll see my granddaughter getting her Holy Communion, I'll probably have a camper van going around Ireland and I'll be in as good of form as I can be. And if I'm not, I'm not. That's the way I look at it."
Last year, Anne also fulfilled her wish to learn the words to Both Sides Now, and performed the hit with singer Tommy Flemming on Saturday Night with Miriam last summer.
The granny's positive outlook also caught the attention of Graham Norton last summer, who tweeted to say the segment she featured in was one of the most "profound" pieces of radio he had ever heard.
Liveline: Call Back airs on Thursdays on RTE One at 8.30PM. You can catch up on the episode featuring Anne on the RTE Player.