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Una Healy appeals for help to get pal Lynsey Bennett to Mexico for cancer treatment

Lynsey revealed she has blood clots which make flying too risky for her.

Una has issued the appeal for her friend Lynsey

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Una Healy has issued an urgent appeal to help her friend cancer campaigner Lynsey Bennett to get back to Mexico for treatment.

Lynsey had returned home from Mexico at the end of April, where she was receiving intensive treatment following her terminal cervical cancer diagnosis.

She had travelled there for treatment after there was a delay in getting approval for her to start the immunotherapy drug Pembrolizumab in Ireland.

Now, Una has said in social media posts: “Please please help my friend Lynsey. She needs to find a safe way to get back over to Mexico for treatment… if you can go to her page @cancerwithgratitude and watch her latest video thank you xx.”

Lynsey Bennett

In her “very long awaited update,” Lynsey reveals that she has a “strange request."

“Pembro on its own as a drug is officially not working, here in Ireland, in the hospital,” she has written alongside the appeal video.

"Getting back to Mexico is my number one priority, back to my healing place where the results spoke for themselves. Their (type) of treatment is what my body responded best with.

“It’s just unfortunate that I can’t fly, so fishing trawler, freight ship or yacht...anyone who’s heading to America, if you can help (with) any part of the trip… I would be endlessly grateful.”

Lynsey revealed she has blood clots which make flying too risky for her.

She adds: "The journey is an unbelievably awkward one, but (I) truly believe it’s worth it.

“If sharing is all you can do that is also a huge help and I’m grateful.”

Fans have responded with messages of support with one person writing: “Please God she can get this sorted...fingers crossed for Lynsey.”

“Sending all our love, thoughts and prayers,” adds another. “Just watched Lynsey’s video,” one other has said. “There has to be a way, praying and manifesting for her.”

The two mothers are great friends, and recently enjoyed a "cosy night in" as they shared a lovely dinner last week.

Lynsey had captioned the post: "When you are both on the same page! Last night we looked at each other and were like will we just eat in and that’s exactly what we did…

"Since my news and here working out a plan (which am getting there appointment next Wed is one of my final pieces) but I’ve gone very quiet and so a cosy night, chatting about everything from kiddies to life with one of my girls over some fabulous food was just what I needed thank you @unahealy for being you".

Una responded in the comments, saying: "Such a relaxing evening. Love our chats.”

During the summer, the pair were pictured together with their children out for a leafy nature stroll.

Captioning the picture on her Instagram page, Una wrote: “So good to get away for fun and chill with this gorgeous lot”, alongside a heart emoji.

Una and Lynsey have previously shared images from other outings together and the month before, Una, who hails from Tipperary, showed the Longford mum-of-two around her home county.

On a trip to the Rock of Cashel Una posted some pictures of the pals at the historic site, writing: “Such a beautiful morning spent with you, Lynsey.”

Lynsey commented that she was “looking forward to [their] Longford stroll soon” and was also keen to show off her own photos of their big day out.

She captioned her post: “The Rock of Cashel off the bucket list. Best chinwag and stroll with the best soul @unahealy. Moms on tour.”

Last month Lynsey told her followers she was "beyond grateful" as she updated them on her progress in her health battles.

Sharing a video to Instagram, the Dubliner celebrated how far she's come in the last year.

"My one year still here, totes emosh and beyond grateful looking at that broken devastated girl you see in the first 30 seconds… [I] am so happy that she was right to have hope and [that] she has far too many pics and videos of her journey and life a year on."

The video begins with old footage of Lynsey from one year ago telling the camera that her doctors have told her that she is "incurable", and that palliative chemotherapy is her only option.

“I’m so hopeful to try and get some sort of quality and quantity [of life.]”

The video then moves to a text slide that says: “One year ago I was told my predicted time left on this earth was six- eight months. And that my only option was a double dose of chemo that could kill me even with one session and if it didn't do that, it would only be a few extra months and would leave me with no quality of life.”

Lynsey then shares that she "chose to go a path less travelled".

“I call that path hope,” she said.

The footage shows Lynsey reuniting with her two daughters, Zoe and Hailee, as she recalls an Audrey Hepburn quote that she had beside her bed.

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I'm possible’."

“365 days,” she adds. “And you know what? They weren’t all good, but they sure as hell were all worth it.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she says over a montage of beautiful photos and videos from the past year, many of which include precious memories with her two daughters, her family and friends.

Lynsey ends the clip by saying: "And that is why you should never underestimate the power of hope and gratitude.

In September, Lynsey revealed that her tumours had shrunk thanks to immunotherapy drug Pembrolizumab that she received at a clinic in Mexico.

She later revealed that doctors were “gobsmacked” by her progress.

"At the weekend I had doctors and nurses come into me and say, 'Lynsey I am absolutely gobsmacked’,” she told Shannonside FM.

"'I read your history before I came into meet you and the person I’m reading about in your file could not possibly be you, you look so healthy and happy and I cannot understand how someone can still look like that after what we are reading in your file.'"

Lynsey says the clinic she attended in Mexico saved her life.

"Mexico has definitely been the best decision I have ever made. Friday is one year since I was told I had six to eight months to live. They said with chemo I might see 12 months but I would have no quality of life.

"Mexico saved my life. There is no way I could be the healthiest I have ever been in the last five years of a cancer journey. I learned so much about healing."

Lynsey was one of the many women who were impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal.

The 33-year-old attended four smear tests carried out by CervicalCheck between 2010 and 2016, and got a negative result each time.

Other women impacted by the scandal include Vicky Phelan and Emma Mhic Mhathúna. Emma passed away in 2018, while Vicky recently returned to Ireland from America to receive palliative care.

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