Tuesday 20 March 2018

Irish author diagnosed with cancer for the tenth time: 'I hope that we can all come together and try to fight this disease'

Emma Hannigan: the author who has been diagnosed with cancer for the tenth time.
Emma Hannigan: the author who has been diagnosed with cancer for the tenth time.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

An Irish author has revealed how breast cancer has returned for the tenth time.

Best-selling novelist Emma Hannigan, who is a brand ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland, is currently undergoing chemotherapy once again.

The self-professed "cancer vixen" has written ten books, with the 11th on the way, and she wrote about her fight against cancer in her memoir "Talk to the Headscarf".

In a recent blog post on her website, she told her readers that her prognosis is good.

"Recently I had scans. They're almost clear. My organs and vital parts are free of cancer, happily. But there are some newly infected nodes in my neck and at the back of my head," she wrote.

"I've had this type of stuff before. Last time it was the opposite side of my head and other side of my neck. I'm guessing cancer is trying to be balanced and ensure both sides of my anatomy are equally infected."

"It's a bummer. Quite frankly, I'd rather it went away and stayed away. But it's doable. It's treatable and my prognosis remains good."

Emma, a mother-of-two, told her readers that she is focusing on her family as she undergoes treatment.

"I am on chemotherapy every three weeks and in a few months I'll take some oral medication as well."

"So what do I do in the meantime? I carry on as before... I pitch up at the hospital and try to do what I'm told by my oncology team. End of."

"Cancer remains in the shadows of my life. It's there in the background all the time, but it's not the most important thing in my life."

"I am in this strange predicament where cancer and I have been bound together, for better or worse, without my choosing."

The resilient mother-of-two wrote her blog on time for BreastCancer Awareness Month which falls this month.

"If you have just been diagnosed with cancer, or know someone who has, please take the opportunity to talk about your experience this October. Nobody should ever feel alone during cancer treatment."

"Nobody should ever be silenced by cancer. I know it's not an easy road to travel. I understand how scary and awful a diagnosis is. But I hope that we can all come together and try to fight this disease. 

Emma is an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland and she appealed to anyone who can spare €4 please text CURE to 50300 to donate.

"Also, I urge every woman to download the free App called Breast Aware on breastcancerireland.com.

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