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'Incapacitated' Vicky Phelan says she's 'never been so sick' in emotional health update

The CervicalCheck campaigner is currently recovering from intense radiotherapy which has left her “unable to walk without assistance.”

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Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Campaigner Vicky Phelan on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show'.

Vicky Phelan has said that she’s “never been so sick” in a heartbreaking update on her health.

The CervicalCheck campaigner is currently recovering from intense radiotherapy which has left her “unable to walk without assistance.”

The Limerick native took to Instagram today to tell her followers that she’s finally allowed to go home from Milford Care Centre, where she had been receiving her treatment, and hopes to be able to move around without using a Zimmer frame soon.

In her latest update, she said: “It has been a while since I have posted...there are valid reasons for it. I warned that I might go quiet once I started radiotherapy but nothing could have prepared me for what followed.

“So, today, I am going home after spending the past two weeks in this room at @milfordcarecentre recovering from complications from my radiotherapy treatment.

“I have NEVER been so sick or in as much pain as I have been over the past two weeks!!! The radiotherapy increased the amount of pain I was in and also incapacitated me leaving me unable to walk without assistance.

“I am only now, in the past few days able to walk without either a 4-wheeler or a Zimmer frame. Walking long distances is still beyond me but I hope I will get there again.

“I only finished my last session of radiotherapy last Monday and it can take a couple of weeks for the effects to be felt so I am really hoping that I will be moving around a bit more freely in a couple of weeks time but I am also acutely aware that I may never regain what I had...”

Vicky then explained that her current condition has forced her to pull out of Charlie Bird’s Croagh Patrick climb, which is due to go ahead later this month.

“I have had to make the hard decision NOT to make the journey to Croagh Patrick in April for the #climbwithcharlie I am simply not well enough either physically or mentally,” she said.

“The past few weeks have really knocked the stuffing out of me and I need to focus on just getting well again. I have already been in touch with Charlie and he has been great about it.”

Before signing off, the 46-year-old said that she would be taking a break from social media in order to spend more time with her loved ones.

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“I am also going to pull back from posting here on social media. I need to focus on spending time with my family and friends. I hope that people understand.

“Unfortunately, my condition has become unpredictable and is impacting more and more on my everyday life.

“Thank you ALL for your continued support and for all your well wishes. I really do appreciate the support,” she added.

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