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'broke my heart' Lynsey Bennett reveals how her daughter (7) told her ‘I hope you don’t die’

She's going out the door and she's hugging me goodbye, and I knew she wasn't in great form, and she just turned around and she [said] ‘I hope you don’t die, goodbye’ and she ran out the door.”

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Cervical Check campaigner Lynsey Bennett has opened up about her young daughter telling her “I hope you don’t die.

The mother of two appeared on Ireland AM on Tuesday morning where she recalled an incident two weekends ago when her seven-year-old daughter got upset while leaving her mother for the weekend.

“Hailee was going to her dad’s there two weekends ago,” she began telling presenters Muireann O’Connell and Tommy Bowe.

“She's going out the door and she's hugging me goodbye, and I knew she wasn't in great form, and she just turned around and she [said] ‘I hope you don’t die, goodbye’ and she ran out the door.”

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Lynsey Bennett with daughters Zoe and Hailee last year

Lynsey Bennett with daughters Zoe and Hailee last year

Lynsey Bennett with daughters Zoe and Hailee last year

“It literally broke my heart,” she said.

“I was just like… it’s just so playing on her mind.”

“So that's what I've got in touch with a play therapist to bring the kids, to bring her back again because she’s sleeping in my bed at night and stuff now,” she said.

Lynsey has reassured her daughter that while she does not know how long she will be around, she is doing everything she can to stay around for longer.

The Longford woman also explained that she undergoes treatment first thing in the morning before her youngest wakes up for school.

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“I do two hours every morning before Hailee wakes up on my machines in my little treatment room that I have.”

"Just to not have her being like ‘Oh yeah, Mammy’s got cancer and of course, she’s doing her machines’.

“Just to not be in her face with it.”

Meanwhile, her 12-year-old daughter Zoe attends a boarding school 25 minutes from their home.

“She doesn't see me rushing to the hospital, she doesn't see me do my machines and she's also getting into a routine where I'm not in her life everyday,” she said.

“I’ve been so honest with them from the start but in the most gentle way that I could,” Lynsey explained.

She recently revealed that a tumour in her bowel has grown again.

“My tumours haven't started anywhere new which is amazing but my bowel one isn't playing ball and in (a) matter of weeks has grown again,” she shared on Instagram in January.

"Also last week with my arm swelling, numb (and) being in pain actually showed inflammation on PET scan which they don't feel is cancer but something is annoying it."

She soon plans to attend a clinic in Germany in order to try another form of treatment.

“Germany has never been so vital,” she said. “I want to try more things to live,” she explained.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in January 2017 following a series of smears since 2010 which failed to detect disease.

In November 2020, she was told that she had less than twelve months to live and travelled to Mexico for cancer treatment, which she said reduced her tumours significantly.

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