Deirdre O’Kane reveals she suffered a ‘health accident’ after suffering a miscarriage

Deirdre O’Kane has opened up about suffering a “health accident” after suffering a five-month miscarriage.

The comedian decided to “go through” and return to work after losing her baby as a coping mechanism, but “hitting a wall” soon after.

“I was in the middle of a stand-up tour and got back on the road very quickly – too quickly, I would say in hindsight; really about a week later,” she told the Irish Times.

“And I think a few months after that I hit a wall. I had a complete crash, a health crash that was possibly related to a lot of things.

“My sister-in-law had died at age 41 before I miscarried, and I pushed myself like, ‘Well, I’m sure I can get pregnant again.’ ”

She explained that while she was fortunately not having a “mental breakdown,” she was still suffering.

“My instinct was to go through, but I didn’t get away with it. I thought I was coping — and I was coping: I didn’t have a mental breakdown,” she said.

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“Everything manifested in a physical way. I’m very resilient. At least we all think we are until, I suppose, the shit hits the fan.”

Reflecting on that time in her life, Deirdre admitted that it probably “would have been good” to be more open about her miscarriage.

“It’s a big deal. It’s absolutely a big deal. You know you have to go through and deliver everything.

“It’s hard, especially when it’s your first. It was tough, but like I said, I had a perspective where I lost someone close to me who was 41, so in a way I wasn’t doing myself any favors.

“I didn’t take the time, but listen, even if you did take the time, what’s your process like? Who knows? I don’t know if there is a right way to do something.

“Maybe in hindsight it would have been good to talk a little more about it, but what did I know?”

Deirdre shares two teenage children, Holly and Daniel, with her husband, director Stephen Bradley. Deirdre O’Kane reveals she suffered a ‘health accident’ after suffering a miscarriage

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