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'thank you all' Vicky Phelan reveals she needs to undergo radiation for tumour that’s causing her ‘a lot of pain'

She said the short term pain of radiation will be worth it for less pain in the long term


Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan

Vicky Phelan has revealed that she is set to undergo radiation therapy for a tumour on her spine that’s causing her “a lot of pain.”

Taking to Instagram, Vicky, who was yesterday awarded the Freedom of Limerick shared the news.

"I just want to update you all on where I'm at with my medical situation,” she began.

“I had a consultation this morning with my radiation oncologist about having some radiotherapy on my spine to deal with an existing tumour that is now growing into my spine and causing me quite a lot of pain.”

"And so, after a long chat, I have decided that I am going to go ahead and have the radiotherapy.”

Vicky said she is “just so relieved” that there is something that can be done to relieve her pain.

"I will be starting on my two week course of radiotherapy within the next two weeks.

“Unfortunately, this course of treatment will be coinciding with both my son's and my husband, Jim's birthdays which take place on February 26 and 24 respectively, but, I feel it will be worth the short term pain of being sick for two to three weeks for the long term gain of being in relatively little pain and being more mobile afterwards.”

“We might book a few days away when I am feeling better to celebrate properly,” she added.

Vicky also thanked her Instagram followers for their support over the recent weeks.

“Finally, I would just like to again take this opportunity to THANK ALL OF YOU my followers, the people of Limerick, Kilkenny, Ireland and further afield for your support.

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"I honestly don't know what I would do without it. It has been like medicine for my soul. So THANK YOU ALL."

On Thursday, the 48-year-old said that she felt “deeply honoured” to be only the fifth woman to be given the Freedom of Limerick.

She was recognised for her work in “uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless support of other women who have been affected and are fighting for justice,” during a ceremony in Limerick.

"I am deeply honoured, to be quite honest, because I never realised there were so few women who went before me,” she told Newstalk ahead of the ceremony.

"So I'm only the fifth woman in Limerick to have this award bestowed upon them, and the women that have gone before me have been fairly serious contenders.”

"So it's great to be another woman to add to that list - and please God there'll be more than that."

Vicky said that while she is not from Limerick, but rather Kilkenny, she considers the Munster county her ‘adopted home’.

"I've lived in Limerick far longer than I lived in Kilkenny, so I suppose I could argue that point too.

"But it definitely means a huge lot to me and my family.”

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