Sunday 25 August 2019

'It's going to be rough, but I'll be cured,' vows RTE star in cancer fight

Louise McSharry
Louise McSharry
Chris Donoghue

Emma Jane Hade

There has been an outpouring of praise for RTE broadcaster Louise McSharry, who bravely revealed that she has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 31-year-old spoke movingly on Ryan Tubridy's 2fm show yesterday morning, confessing that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last week.

However, the 2fm host has vowed not to let the disease beat her and defiantly said: "I genuinely have no doubt that I'm going to be fine".

She explained that her consultant told her that 80pc of people are cured in their first bout of treatment, which she believes to be "brilliant odds".

She is due to begin a gruelling six months of chemotherapy soon, and her fiancée Gordon Spierin will be at her side throughout.

"It's going to be rough, but I'll be cured and get on with my normal life," she added.

Louise is due to wed her long-term boyfriend next August, but will first attend the Electric Picnic festival this weekend before she begins her treatment.

Leading the praise for the DJ was airwaves rival and former colleague Chris Donoghue from Newstalk Breakfast.

The 30-year-old successfully fought the same disease after he was diagnosed when he was just 23-years-old.

"Ten years ago I worked with Louise, we were researchers on the same programme. So I know how strong she is in every aspect of life," he told the Irish Independent.

"I was gobsmacked when I listened to it. The treatment is going to be tough. She just needs to surround herself with a core group of friends and family," he advised.

"That's what you have to do- - you have to drop everything else. You are fighting now, and Louise is strong enough for this fight." He also praised her for bringing awareness to the illness, something which the Irish Cancer Society echoed.

A spokesperson for the organisation said they "greatly admire Louise" for sharing her plight in the public forum, as it assists in "increasing awareness of cancer and removing the taboos".

Louise wrote a column for the Irish Independent from her hospital bed when she was hospitalised during August.

The Dublin resident, who presents an evening show on 2fm, said that she initially thought she was suffering from an infection stemming from the removal of her appendix last December.

Recently she had been suffering from a bad pain in her side, as well as heavy night sweats, a loss of appetite and her period had stopped. She also spent time in hospital earlier this month.

"I went into hospital and they did a load of different tests. Eventually some growths on my spleen showed an enlarged lymph node on my arm. Two weeks ago I felt fine," she said.

Irish teenage cancer support group Canteen also praised Louise for her honesty, adding: "it kind of demystifies" the disease.

The brave young woman revealed that almost immediately after receiving the news she decided to dye her hair pink.

She also spoke poignantly about the strained relationship she shares with her alcoholic mother, and how she was adopted by her uncle and aunt after a tough childhood moving around Chicago.

RTE last night said that Louise "is a valued member of the team, and a colleague and a friend". It is understood that she is eager to return to her show when she is finished her treatment.

Irish Independent

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