Tuesday 16 January 2018

'If it doesn't work it gives him a life expectancy of 12 months or less' - Irish mum in Perth opens up about devastating cancer diagnosis

Emma Doyle and her Australian partner Paul feature on RTE One's Missing You
Emma Doyle and her Australian partner Paul feature on RTE One's Missing You
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

The emotional experience of a Kilkenny woman who emigrated to Australia in 2014 will be highlighted in Wednesday's episode of RTE's Missing You.

The programme, which focuses on the communication between expatriates and their loved ones at home, will feature the story of new mum Emma Doyle (26), whose Australian partner Paul Hobbs is battling an aggressive form of cancer.

Emma Doyle and her Australian partner Paul feature on RTE One's Missing You
Emma Doyle and her Australian partner Paul feature on RTE One's Missing You

Emma emigrated to Perth in 2014 and recently welcomed her first child, Klay, with her partner, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer earlier this year.

Paul is currently undergoing treatment for the disease, which has also spread to parts of his brain, but the couple wait in limbo to until tests can reveal whether his treatment is working.

The emotional segment documents Emma's heartbreaking conversations with her parents Joe and Johanne in Kilkenny, as her family faces an agonising wait to see if Paul's treatment is working.

Speaking on the programme, Emma expresses her fears that she may lose her partner and explains how difficult it is to be abroad during such a difficult time.

Emma's partner Paul was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer in Australia
Emma's partner Paul was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer in Australia

"When he got the letters a few months back it said if the treatment doesn't work it gives him a life expectancy of 12 months or less.

"But I don't know this is six months in now. I wish you were over closer," says Emma in an upsetting conversation with her dad Joe.

Emma and baby Klay in Perth speaks with her mum Johanne in Kilkenny on RTE One's Missing You
Emma and baby Klay in Perth speaks with her mum Johanne in Kilkenny on RTE One's Missing You

However, despite the thousands of miles, the encouraging words of her parents seem to lift Emma as they urge her to be positive.

Speaking to her daughter, Emma's mum Johanne offers comfort: "He's after coming this far, everything is after going in his favour, do you hear me? This will be the same. Be positive you old softie," she says.

Catch Missing You on RTE One on Wednesdays at 8.30PM

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