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'great relief' Vicky Phelan is like 'a child waiting for Santa' after being told she can travel home

'After that, I will be packing up and heading home next week'


Vicky Phelan is looking forward to coming home

Vicky Phelan is looking forward to coming home

Vicky Phelan is looking forward to coming home

Campaigner Vicky Phelan has said she is like “a child waiting for Santa” after being told she can travel home to her friends and family. 

The Limerick woman, who has been undergoing ground-breaking treatment in the US for cervical cancer, will be able to make the trip in July.

She wrote an update on Instagram to say, “I would be having treatment today but after my recent illness which landed me in hospital, my doctor decided that my last dose, almost two weeks ago, would be my last treatment dose before I head home for a month next week.

“Anyway…I had a call from my doctor last Thursday to say that, depending on how my bloods looked today, I may or may not have to have treatment.

“And so, naturally, after getting my head around the fact that I had no more treatment before I head home, I had to now try to get my head around the possibility that I might have to have treatment today.

“Thankfully, my bloods were really good today.

"My CA125 Level continues to drop. It has now gone down to 75 from 93 two weeks ago.

“My doctor is very happy with this.

"My CEA levels are slightly up, but only slightly and so, on balance, my doctor decided that it was safer for me not to have another dose of treatment today in case it caused any new symptoms or flared up my sinusitis or Bell’s Palsy again.”

She added: “And so, I am now going to be treatment free and hopefully side effect free for the next few weeks.”

Vicki has endured a tough time during her time in Maryland where she has been receiving treatment, at one stage developing Bell’s Palsy which causes paralysis of the facial nerve and muscular weakness on one side of the face, as well as severe bouts of sickness which caused her to be rushed to hospital.

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But now she is looking forward to being allowed to return home to see her children whom she has not seen since she flew to the States in January.

“Oh God, you would not believe what a relief that is to know that I am not facing into another bout of nausea and headaches and vomiting.

“I do have to go back to hospital next Tuesday for a CT scan but that’s it!

"After that, I will be packing up and heading home next week.

"Now that I didn't have treatment today, it just means I can really look forward to going home and not have to worry about getting sick again before I go home, so that's great.

"All I have to concentrate on now literally is getting rested up for the next week to keep myself as well as possible."

Vicky said that she will update us after a scan next week, but after that, her updates will be from home.

"Oh Jesus, I'm like a child waiting for Santa at this stage," she added.

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