Saturday 18 November 2017

Voice of compassion

•Eleven years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, only for it to return to the opposite breast in July this year. As I lay in my hospital bed following a mastectomy, I heard a familiar voice, from a most inspirational person filled with compassion and emotion emerging from the television amongst the hum of visitor's voices. The voice was strong enough to capture my attention.

When I looked up I saw a great woman -- a woman Ireland and the whole world should be proud of; an advocate; a voice of reason; an elder; a protector of human rights. Mary Robinson. I also saw the victims of our ignorance; men, women and children hanging on to life by a thread. In this I saw a similarity to my own struggle for survival.

Like Somalia, I faced the same demons 11 years ago, I received aid, yes, medical aid, and survived, What if the people of Ireland and the rest of the world forgot about me and other cancer patients?

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