SINGER Daniel O'Donnell's wife Majella said she is on the road to recovery after her double mastectomy.
And yesterday brave Majella released the first picture of her recovery – just five days after her surgery.
Majella (53) is battling cancer but says that after the major operation to remove both her breasts, she just needs rest and is feeling "great".
Majella told fans of her husband on his website that it has been a difficult time, with her sickness and the sudden passing of her father.
Writing from her hospital bed, Majella said that she knows she has a long way to go but that she is taking it step-by-step.
"Well, it's been a very difficult seven months between being diagnosed with cancer and my wonderful dad passing away very suddenly. As Daniel has already told you, I had a lumpectomy in July and started chemotherapy in September.
"I am now in hospital on day five after surgery for a double mastectomy with reconstruction. I feel great, thank God!
"It's so good to be this far down the road and to know that all I have to do now is rest and heal," she added.
And brave Majella said she would not have been able to get through her ordeal without the support of the Irish public.
She revealed she has received thousands of messages and cards on her road to recovery.
"What I want to tell you all at this stage is how very grateful I am to every one of you for everything you have done for me over the last few months," she said.
"Please do not think that, because you haven't heard from me, your kindness has gone unnoticed.
"All your prayers, good wishes, donations, gifts, mass cards, and sacred relics have been of great comfort to me.
"I consider myself very lucky to have so many people batting for me.
"I can honestly say that I'm out the 'other side' and in good health again.
"There have been thousands of communications and every one was so sincerely appreciated and welcomed. I will never forget your kindness," she added.
Majella captured the imagination of the public when she appeared on the Late Late Show to shave off her hair.
In the process she managed to raise €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.