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Vicky Phelan makes the most of her stay in the US as she considers next move in her cancer battle

She said spending the last six months away from her children nearly “broke” her
Vicky enjoys some down time in the US

Vicky enjoys some down time in the US

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Vicky Phelan has been making the most of her stay in the US as she considers giving up experimental treatment for her cancer to return home and be with her family.

The mum of two took a well deserved break to explore Baltimore and Washington before making what she called the “likely” choice to come home.

The Cervical Cancer campaigner was invited by Irish man Donal Neilan to stay at the Revival Hotel where she took time out from her health battles to enjoy the experience.

“Revival is a fabulous, quirky boutique hotel located in the Mount Vernon neighbourhood, right across the square from the George Washington monument that stands watch over the city.

“The views from the terrace restaurant on the 14th floor are AMAZING as is the food and the cocktails.

“I had a fabulous mocktail that was made from non alcoholic Gin which tasted just like the real thing. The rooms are very tastefully decorated and YES I got a room with a bathtub!!!”

Vicky also went to the National Aquarium where she "even got to see the Dolphins put on a display while they were being fed".

"All in all, I had a fabulous 24 hours in Baltimore and would highly recommend it for a short break," she added.

Vicky visited the estate of philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, now a museum and gardens open to the public with her friend Maureen.

Sharing more snaps of the stunning Japanese garden, she wrote: “There are many, many gardens and beautiful houses to visit in and around Washington DC. This is probably one of the most well known and, having visited yesterday, I can see why.

“The gardens are amazing - lots of variety between the Japanese garden, which was my favourite, the Rose Garden and the French parterre...but it was the house and all that it contained that blew me away! Mount Vernon, the house, wasn't a patch on this estate house.

“For a start, this house is decorated far more lavishly with gold and marble and floors and wall panelings flown in from Paris and Russia. And then there is the art collection. I have honestly never seen anything quite like it!”

Last month, Vicky told followers she has not yet made a decision about the next phase of her treatment, but was likely to return home to spend precious time with her two beloved children.

She said spending the last six months away from her children nearly “broke” her.

"I have not yet made a decision about what treatment plan I am going to go on next," she admitted.

"My gut is telling me NOT to start the new clinical trial at NIH for lots of reasons - it's a Phase 1 trial so has not been tested on humans, there are currently NO other patients enrolled so I would be the first patient AND I don't want to stay here for another 6 months away from my kids!

"I am looking at a couple of other options before I make my mind up. I will post another update once I have made a decision."

Vicky added: "I'm going to be here for at least another couple of weeks until I decide what I'm doing but the likelihood is I will be coming home sooner which is great for me and great for the kids.

"I suppose me coming back here after the month away nearly broke me, I think I was worse coming back in august than I was leaving in January.

"I just couldn't deal with the thoughts of leaving the kids again."

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