RTE star Louise McSharry a 'bag of emotions' as she finishes chemotherapy
Radio presenter Louise McSharry has had her last round of chemotherapy for Hodgkin's Lymphoma which she has been fighting since August.
The 2fm star, who has been open about her cancer battle since being diagnosed, said yesterday was her last session as long as her next round of test results come back clear.
"I'm an absolute bag of mixed emotions which is not what I expected," she wrote online. "I nearly cried saying goodbye to a phlebotomist. Thank you for being so kind to me.
"I'll have a PET scan in four to six weeks to see if I need further treatment. Hopefully not."
When she was diagnosed, Louise remained positive about the months of treatment that lay ahead, though she did admit that the chemo left her with a "three-day hangover".
"I'm going to do six months of chemotherapy, it's going to be rough but at the end of it they're going to tell me that I'm cured and I can go back to my life," she said at the time.
"In case anyone was wondering, at its kindest chemo basically gives you a three-day hangover without any of the joy of actually getting drunk and having fun, although its life-saving capabilities are said to be worthwhile."
Today is my last scheduled chemo. I am an absolute bag of mixed emotions which is not what I expected.— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) February 3, 2015
Louise (31) has been off the air since her diagnosis, but returned to her microphone for a one-off show on New Year's Day and is hoping to return to work full-time by May.
I nearly cried saying goodbye to a phlebotomist yesterday. 'Thank you for being so kind to me,' *shoulders wrack with sobs*— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) February 3, 2015
She has also been planning her wedding to fiance Gordon Spierin which is set to take place this summer.
"We're having it down in Cork and I'm starting to feel like I have a picture of what I want - a lot of gold glitter, that's my main focus at the moment," Louise recently told the Herald.
Few people asking what happens next: I'll have a PET scan in 4-6 weeks to see if I need further treatment. Hopefully not!— Louise McSharry (@louisemcsharry) February 3, 2015
"The dress-trying-on experience was quite stressful - it's really hard because all the dresses only have each style in one size so you're never trying something on that fits you.
"So they're either strapping you into something that's too small for you or you're drowning in a dress that's too big for you, so you can't really get an idea of whether or not you'd look nice in it.
"So I think I might decide to get something made."