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radiotherapy Vicky Phelan says she may 'go quiet' on social media as she focuses on treatment

'If I go quiet, you will know that I am probably just about coping with side effects from treatment'


CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan

Brave mum Vicky Phelan has said she may “go quiet” on her social media updates as she focuses on a new round of radiotherapy. 

The CervicalCheck campaigner, who was awarded the Freedom of Limerick earlier this month, shared an update on her treatment, adding that she might "post sporadically" as she deals with the side effects.

She has written: "Day 1 of radiotherapy down.

"On my way home now after finishing Round 1 of a 10 session course of radiation to relieve pain in my spine."

She added: "I can't promise to keep you all posted on social media over the coming two weeks on how I'm doing.

"If I go quiet, you will know that I am probably just about coping with side effects from treatment.

"If I feel up to it, I will post sporadically to keep you all updated."

And the mum-of-two thanked followers for their support, adding that the messages "mean a lot" to her.

She said: "Thanks again to ALL of you for all the lovely messages of support that you are sending in to me. They really mean a lot."

Earlier this month Vicki told how she would need treatment after a painful tumour started growing into her spine.

Taking to social media, Vicky thanked the authors of two "beautiful pieces" dedicated to her over the weekend.

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“Today, as I prepare to head into a new round of radiotherapy treatment to relieve the pain of a tumour that is growing into my spine, I cannot help but be buoyed up by two beautiful pieces that were written about me & appeared in today's Sunday @Independent_ie and on @RTESunMisc”.

The first was a piece by Róisín Glynn Steed from Rahoon in County Galway, who wrote a letter to the editor about Vicky.

The Kilkenny native said: “THANK YOU Róisín for your letter. It really means a lot to me facing into a new unknown.

“I am always taken aback by the depth of feeling that ppl express for me BUT I am so very grateful.”

Another piece that caught Vicky’s attention was a poem read on RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

“The second piece is a poem that a poet called @DeniseMcGBlake wrote about me inspired by seeing me sitting in front of my laptop in an ordinary hotel lobby in Limerick some time ago,” Vicky wrote.

“It is a truly beautiful piece and I will cherish it forever, especially over the next three weeks as I face into the unknown of new treatment.

“THANK YOU Denise for being so inspired by me that you wrote this amazing piece of poetry.”

She added some final words for everyone who has been following her journey and sent her their positive thoughts.

“And to everyone in Ireland and abroad who has sent me messages wishing me well over the coming weeks, THANK YOU ALL.

Today has shown me just how much love there is out there for me and I take NONE of it for granted.”

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