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‘It’s very important that people suffering from cancer have someone to talk to... the emotional side is as big as the physical’

Navan woman Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru spent over seven months in hospital after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2018. Now she’s set on dedicating her career, and life, to helping other cancer patients cope with the illness 

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Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru is due to start a counselling course in September. Photo: David Conachy.

Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru is due to start a counselling course in September. Photo: David Conachy.

Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru

Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru

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Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru is due to start a counselling course in September. Photo: David Conachy.

Everyone knows that it’s good to talk but sometimes when you are overwhelmed by something, sharing the details can be almost too painful. However, Roxana Nicoleta Dumitru knows the true meaning of ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’, as the 23-year-old has just been through a very gruelling few years after being diagnosed out of the blue with leukaemia and enduring a long treatment programme. The experience made her realise that she wants to devote her future career to listening to others who are going through something similar.

In November 2018, while working as a flight check-in attendant at Dublin airport, Roxana Nicoleta began feeling very sick and knew that there was no way she could continue her busy shift. So she reported to her line manager and was sent home.


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