Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sile Seoige opens up about expecting her first child: 'We have this amazing new chapter in our lives about to begin'

Sile Seoige is expecting her first child
Sile Seoige is expecting her first child
Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell
Sile Seoige at the Pendulum Summit in the National Convention Centre Dublin.
Sile Seoige launches Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards 2017 at Everleigh Garden
Sile Seoige launches Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards 2017 at Everleigh Garden
Sile Seoige launches Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards 2017 at Everleigh Garden
Síle Seoige at the Aldi tent. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige
Síle Seoige is expecting her first child.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Sile Seoige has opened up about her excitement at expecting her first child with partner Damien O'Farrell.

The popular broadcaster (37), who recently celebrated the all-clear from thyroid cancer after five years, announced the baby news in February and is due to give birth this July.

The former Newstalk presenter said the experience feels as if she's "come full circle".

"After going through something so scary with cancer, now I'm with child. I just feel really, really lucky."

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell
Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

Seoige appeared on RTE's Today for a chat with hosts Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane about her personal experience with cancer and her happiness at welcoming a "little munchkin" to the family later this year.

The expectant mother gushed over her other half, a Garda from Cork, saying: "He's an absolute gem - we're both just over the moon, we're so happy. We're so lucky. You never know, if I was to go back in time and someone was to show me a crystal ball of my future - we're only together two years and we're so, so happy - and now we have this amazing new chapter in our lives about to begin," she said.

"They're so happy on both sides of the family. The excitement is unbelievable - another munchkin.  We're just baby mad in our house so the idea of another little munchkin in the house, they're both so happy about it."

How is she feeling five a half months into her pregnancy?

Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell
Sile Seoige with boyfriend Damien O'Farrell

"There's so much I have to learn, I feel so clueless," she laughed.

And she said her medical team are taking every precaution with her health during her pregnancy after her cancer battle, having her thyroid removed in 2012.

"Being pregnant, I am in for a lot more bloods. Everything is going on anyway and obviously now being pregnant, not having a thyroid gland is something else to contend with so they're monitoring it," she explained.

Sile was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2011 and candidly discussed her experience, emphasising the importance of early detection.

Sile Seoige launches Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards 2017 at Everleigh Garden
Sile Seoige launches Clearbraces.ie Smile Awards 2017 at Everleigh Garden

"For a good few years before I got it removed, I had this slight little bulge in the neck and it started to get bigger and the last six months before I got it out, it had grown quite quickly. And I was on tv at the time, I was presenting Seoige with Grainne, and all I could see when I would watch the show back was this big lump in my neck," she explained.

"It wasn't painful and it was actually vanity that led me to get it out initially. In its own strange way, it was a complete blessing. I had a biopsy on it and it was clear.

"I knew it wasn't right. I toddled off home, took off a few days and I was looking forward to getting back into work properly. I was the first person in to see my surgeon on a Monday morning so he couldn't give me any notice to bring anyone with me.

"It was the, 'take a seat' conversation which nobody really wants to hear. We just presumed it was benign.

Sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige
Sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige

"Once I heard the news...to be honest, my language was pretty colourful when he said it. I didn't break down in tears, I was in shock and then flowery language ensued, then it was, 'What do we do?'

"Really when it comes down to it, I'm a pragmatist. They already had the plan in place which was brilliant."

She didn't have to undergo chemotherapy and describes her experience as "really quite okay", praising her doctor for protecting her vocal cords during surgery and thus allowing her to continue with her broadcasting career.

"In the grand scheme of things, in comparison to other people's journeys, my experience with cancer was really quite okay. It was radioactive iodine treatment," she said.

"They left a chunk of the tumour, where the cancer was, behind, because it was sitting on my vocal folds. My surgeon, being the great guy he was, understood that it was my bread and butter - using my voice is what I do on telly and radio. I needed to make sure that wasn't affected; so he needed to leave a chunk of it behind, which meant a chunk of the cancer behind.

"So we had to treat that and make sure it was sorted and gone. There's four different types of thyroid cancers alone. It was early, the treatment programme was very doable, I didn't have to go through chemotherapy, I mean I was so lucky.

"I bow my head to the doctors and nurses and to science - it's why I'm here today and I'm able to pregnant, and happy and healthy."

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