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2FM host Louise 'feeling positive' as she reveals her cancer battle

RTE's Louise McSharry today revealed she is battling cancer.

The radio presenter (31) was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma a week ago.

The engaged star told Ryan Tubridy on 2fm how she had been feeling unwell for a while. She had lost her appetite and had intense bouts of night-time sweats.

Louise had her appendix out last December and had an abscess, so she thought it was a residual infection from the operation.

She went for several rounds of tests and was eventually given the bad news on August 21 - exactly a year before her wedding.

"They took us in a different room and he told me pretty straight, we've been doing all these tests and what we've been trying to rule out is malignancy and lymphoma and unfortunately that's what it is," she recalled.

"I couldn't believe it. I had tears in my eyes immediately. I knew that was cancer but he talked a bit more before he used that word.

"All I was thinking was, how am I going to tell people this? How am I going to tell my parents this?

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"He said it's a kind of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, but you're young and in good shape. He said it was common among young people and I was in a very strong position heading into the treatment," she added.

However, Louise is determined to remain positive and said that 80pc of people who have the cancer are cured after chemotherapy.

"I didn't think it was necessary to go to that dark place," she said. "I'm very lucky because it's a curable cancer.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that I'm going to be fine," she added. "I am certainly feeling very positive and there will be bad days but currently that is just how I feel."

She also opened up about her difficult childhood. Her father died when she was just aged three and her mum moved her and her younger brother to the US after her dad passed away.

Her aunt and uncle stepped in to take care of Louise and her sibling permanently. She said that she still doesnt have a "normal mother and daughter relationship" but they're working on it.

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