Life Living With Cancer

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Inspirational mother who fought tumour is named 'Hero of Hope'

Irish Hero of Hope Amy Mahon, pictured with son Danton, has been recognised by the American Cancer Society
Irish Hero of Hope Amy Mahon, pictured with son Danton, has been recognised by the American Cancer Society

Ryan Nugent

A courageous Kildare mother has been named as the Irish 'Global Hero of Hope' after her battle with thyroid cancer.

Amy Mahon (34), from Newbridge, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, two years after she had been diagnosed with a borderline underactive thyroid.

By the time her cancer was discovered, it had spread to her lymph nodes.

Her treatment included having to be in isolation for five consecutive days.

The 'Hero of Hope', awarded by the American Cancer Society, recognises cancer survivors who have shown great hope and determination in their individual battles.

Although cancer-free for more than five years now, Ms Mahon has a number of health complications.

However, this has only made her more determined to live a full life.

The nail and eyelash technician says the cancer fight has changed her life.

"I had to change my career and lifestyle and I have some health complications, but I don't allow this to define me.

"Cancer made my life new, not different."

Some 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year.

Since her recovery, Ms Mahon has joined the Kildare Relay For Life.

"The money we raise will help fund vital research to treat cancer better and services to help people affected by the disease," she said.

"Relay For Life also brings communities together to fight against an illness that can sadly make a person feel so alone.

"If I can help anyone feel like there is light at the end of that dark tunnel, I will walk over glass to do that."

Relay For Life fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society, Mary Quinn, said Ms Mahon was a "very deserving Hero of Hope" and her contribution to Relay For Life was outstanding.

"Despite her cancer diagnosis and the ongoing impact this has on her life, Amy has maintained such a positive attitude and is a beacon of hope for people affected by cancer."

Irish Independent

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