‘Huge roller coaster ride’ – Mom diagnosed with cervical cancer encourages everyone to support Daffodil Day


A Balbriggan woman diagnosed with cervical cancer has called on the public to support cancer services including through Daffodil Day on Friday March 25th.

other of two Rachel Mallon [34] from Balbriggan was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2021 after a routine swab showed she had abnormal cells and HPV.

After the operation, she did not require any further treatment and was able to return to work in November 2021.

“I have good days where I feel like my old self and other days where I’m just exhausted for no reason. It’s been a huge roller coaster but I’m so happy to be here and to have the result I got. Swabs are so important,” says Rachel. “I know 10 of my friends who haven’t had their swab yet and just because of what happened to me they have since booked their tests.”

When Rachel had to tell her young daughters, aged 7 and 5, about her diagnosis, she used the Irish Cancer Society’s brochures which gave advice to parents on how to talk about cancer with children and she found these to be an invaluable resource. Rachel is urging everyone to give what they can and support Daffodil Day on March 25th.

“There isn’t a family in Ireland that isn’t affected by cancer in one way or another,” says Rachel. “The Irish Cancer Society is so important to everyone affected by cancer. Some people may have a great support network, but they also need the information, facts and advice that society provides. Some people may be very alone with few families or friends and rely on the support of the Irish Cancer Society.”

In addition to supporting life-changing cancer research, the Irish Cancer Society provides vital services to patients and their families in Dublin each year, including support for 3,742 free counseling sessions, 1,173 nights of nighttime home care for patients in their final days and 5,448 volunteers drive lifts to help patients in the 2021 to and from her hospital appointments safely.

As Daffodil Day returns to the streets of Ireland on March 25th for the first time since 2019, the Irish Cancer Society is calling on the public to get involved in any way possible to show solidarity and support for everyone affected by cancer .

Not only can you donate to and volunteer for fundraisers, you can also purchase items from the Daffodil Day online store and take part in a Steps challenge.

Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We are delighted to be able to take to the streets again to see the amazing support the people of Ireland are showing to anyone affected by cancer. Daffodil Day is such a special and hopeful day for our entire community. During the pandemic we have been so fortunate that people have found innovative ways to support us, but we look forward to seeing Ireland turn yellow again on March 25th.

“Daffodil Day is our most important fundraiser of the year and money raised goes directly towards funding important services including our support hotline, free counseling, our end-of-life care night nurses and financial support for families of children affected by cancer .” ‘Huge roller coaster ride’ – Mom diagnosed with cervical cancer encourages everyone to support Daffodil Day

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