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Zoe Holohan's diary: “Once again, I’ve entered that ‘let’s see how this medical plan goes’ phase – and once again it’s a precarious process”

In the 2018 Greek wildfires, newlywed Zoe Holohan lost her husband Brian and the future they had planned together. Left with life-changing injuries, she shares the trials and tribulations of rebuilding a life

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Zoe Holohan endured severe burns to her face and body in the Greek fires in 2018. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zoe Holohan endured severe burns to her face and body in the Greek fires in 2018. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zoe Holohan with her husband Brian O’Callaghan Westropp before he died in the Greek fires. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Zoe Holohan with her husband Brian O’Callaghan Westropp before he died in the Greek fires. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Zoe Holohan, who wrote a book about her traumatic experience called As The Smoke Clears. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zoe Holohan, who wrote a book about her traumatic experience called As The Smoke Clears. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Zoe Holohan endured severe burns to her face and body in the Greek fires in 2018. Photo: Frank McGrath

As I gripped my stomach in pain before rushing yet again to the bathroom for another urgent purge, my friend asked once more in her most concerned voice, “do you think this could be all down to stress?” Well, it was a fair comment. It had certainly been a tricky few weeks, as well she knew. Though my response to her query was somewhat muffled, given my predicament.

It’s not easy to hold a fully engaged conversation when your head is stuck down the WC, and I can’t imagine it was an entirely enjoyable experience for her either — it was her bathroom after all. She was referring to some recent events that she believed may have triggered my latest bout of stomach issues.


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