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Brighter days Vicky Phelan enjoys beautiful weather during a visit to George Washington estate

The mum-of-two is currently in the US receiving clinical trial treatment to prolong her life


Vicky in Washington estate

Vicky in Washington estate

Vicky in Washington estate

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has been enjoying the beautiful weather during an afternoon spent exploring the grounds and gardens of the Washington estate. 

The mum-of-two who is currently in the US receiving clinical trial treatment to prolong her life, travelled to Mount Vernon to visit the home of former US president George Washington.

In an Instagram post she said she was “blessed with beautiful weather for my visit and spent a whole afternoon exploring the grounds and gardens of the Washington estate”.

“I was fascinated that the remains of George Washington and his wife Martha were moved from the old family vault on the property to a new tomb more than 30 years after his death despite specific instructions in his will to build a new vault,” she wrote.

“For anyone visiting Washington DC, Mount Vernon is only 12 miles from DC and is well worth a visit,” she adds.

The Limerick mum has undergone several rounds of treatment since she travelled to Maryland in January as part of an experimental drugs trial.

She has said the thought of getting home is keeping her going as she admitted missing her kids.

Vicky revealed how her family had "forgiven" her after she revealed she "lied to" them about how long she would be away.

She faced a difficult goodbye when she told everyone, including beloved daughter Amelia and son Darragh, she would be away for six months to take part in a clinical trial when she knew she was leaving for a year.

But she explained that she lied as much to herself as she did to everyone else as she struggled with the idea of leaving her family for a year.

“He (her doctor) told me that he will definitely get me home for at least a month in the summer to see my kids. I really, really needed to hear that today. I have been struggling over the past 2-3 weeks because I could not see an end in sight or countdown to a specific date in the future when I would see my kids again,” she said previously.

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"At least now I know that I will be heading home sometime in July which is only 9 weeks away. I can DO that.”

Before she headed off to the States, the campaigner spoke about her challenges with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show.

She told how she had been using an experimental drug called Pembro to help battle her cancer but it had stopped working and her cancer had started to spread.

Speaking on the RTÉ show Vicky said: "I'm going on my own for a minimum of six months.

"It's tough. Having to leave the kids is going to be big.

Vicky explained on the show that she will know whether the treatment is working within two months.

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