Monday 26 February 2018

Planners should listen to the families and sick children

Rachel Lavin in Trinity College. Photo: David Conachy
Rachel Lavin in Trinity College. Photo: David Conachy

Rachel Lavin

As a childhood cancer survivor I don't enjoy telling my story and I certainly don't enjoy getting up in front of a room to open old wounds, as I did yesterday as a representative of The New Children's Hospital Alliance at the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing.

But planners need to listen to experiences like mine.

First diagnosed at the age of 11, I have survived cancer three times. Speaking from experience, the trauma of my illness for myself and my family was exacerbated by the conditions we had to deal with.

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