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WATCH: RTE's Laura Brennan: This Is Me trailer


“Cancer can change your body in a lot of ways, and change your thinking in a lot of ways. But it was never going to change who I am...” Laura Brennan Laura Brennan was a 26-year-old with a zest for life that was second to none. Although living with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Laura concentrated on living, not dying. As far as she was concerned, we are all dying, so there was no point focusing on it, saying: “You only have one life, so why not make it a happy one?” During this new one-off documentary Laura Brennan: This Is Me, exclusive to the RTÉ Player, Laura opens up her life to reveal the reality of an ‘unvaccinated girl’. The documentary follows her up until her final stages, when, after a heroic battle, Laura died on March 20th 2019. In early December 2016, Laura was diagnosed with Stage 2B cervical cancer. She was treated with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy and the prognosis was good. She was declared cancer-free on the 15th June 2017. Laura bought a house, got herself a dog (Bailey), and set about living life to the full. But, just three months later, the cancer was back, and this time was deemed incurable. "Cancer showed me who wanted to be in my life. It really taught me who my real friends are." Laura was determined that every parent in Ireland who was about to make the decision whether their daughter was to be vaccinated against HPV, would hear her story first. Laura worked tirelessly as an advocate for the HPV vaccine. Her cancer, like 5% of all cancers, is caused by the HPV, human papillomavirus. The vaccination rate in Ireland had fallen to 51%, thanks to a lot of ill-founded negative publicity around the vaccine. Once Laura’s cancer returned, she began work with the HSE as the patient voice, to try and reverse this downward trend and prevent girls facing a similar fate to hers. The most recent figures reveal that the uptake of the vaccine has risen to 70%.“Don’t be swayed by numbers, get the facts, get the vaccine.” This heartwarming and heartbreakingly sad documentary shows how Laura was born with a voice and selflessly used it to do good. Cancer was never going to change her. Laura Brennan: This Is Me, exclusive on the RTÉ Player

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