I used to develop medicines for healing

A woman with definite illness battling incurable cancer says she lived her life for three months after receiving her diagnosis.

Siobhan Gaynor, 53, has spent most of his professional life as a scientist, working with Cancer Trials Ireland and developing drugs for rare diseases.

Siobhan Gaynor to be diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2020


Siobhan Gaynor to be diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2020
Siobhan noticed back pain and fatigue before being diagnosed


Siobhan noticed back pain and fatigue before being diagnosed

The mother of three was at the peak of her career working for a pharmaceutical consulting company in 2019 when she noticed a small lump in her breast.

She said: ‘I felt a small lump on one of my breasts, tiny but I knew it was something that needed to be checked. I’m not worried about it but unfortunately I was diagnosed with primary breast cancer.

“Knowing the area, knowing the disease, I just thought ‘well then’ it’s just seven months of hell. But I will return to a normal life.

“I know the numbers, I know the statistics, I know it’s more likely that it doesn’t come back than it does come back so that’s really helpful. It’s a bit odd but anyway, I know it’s a finite amount of time. ”

Siobhan, 53, from Dublin, underwent surgery to remove the tumor, followed by rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy.

But just a few months later, she started noticing some back pain and was more tired than usual after exercising.

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Later, doctors discovered that her breast cancer had metastasized and metastasized to her bones.

“Unfortunately that summer of 2020, I started to feel very tired after exercising, which happened and I started having back pain,” Siobhan said. For me, I know those are warning signs of things to watch out for.

“It took a while, but I went back to my oncology team in Mater and unfortunately it came back and it was in my bones.

“I know enough to know that it’s very different and that’s life. You’re on lifelong therapy and its life is limited, there’s no cure. It’s stage four and I know enough about numbers and statistics to know that you have to be realistic about it. ”


Siobhan said her cancer prognosis ranges from two to eight years, so she decided to leave her pharmaceutical job at Boyd Consultants.

“The diagnosis was trauma, there was no doubt about it,” she said. Only 30% of women with breast cancer have a recurrence like me or go to stage 4. You always hope to be one of them.

“There are days when you go ‘why me?’ but you can’t change it, you just have to get on with it.

“There are days when I’m in pain and I need a day in bed, or I can cry and have days when I need to laugh, every day is different.”

Having a background in science and having worked in cancer trials for many years, there are pros and cons to the diagnosis, she said.

But instead of getting bogged down in scientific details, she’ll leave that to the experts this time.

“While I need to understand what they’re saying, I don’t need to be an expert on my own illness,” she said.


Siobhan will undergo chemotherapy for the rest of his life to stop the cancer.

She also gets scans every three months so doctors can monitor its progress.

Siobhan says regular check-ups remind her to live in the moment and spend as much time with her family as possible.

“The best news you can get is that it’s stable, there’s no progression,” she said. That’s what you’re looking for.

“So I lived my life for three months. If you think too far ahead, that’s not good, it’s life today that we all need to do. Three months is a long way from what you might think. ”

Her husband Malachy and three teenagers Rory, 17, Phelim, 16, and Megan, 13 have been incredibly supportive of their brave mother since she was diagnosed.

Now, she intends to create as many memories as possible with her dear family.

She said: ‘I’m not obsessive about it but I do have a wish list, nothing too fancy, but just something I want to do with the kids. I want to go out with each one of them myself.

“And there are places in Ireland that I still want to go to, and I’ll take them with me, kicking and screaming like teenagers.

“You don’t want this disaster to happen to your children or your family, but sometimes people’s strength and resilience show through the hard things in life.”


As well as creating memories with his family, Siobhan is still involved in volunteer work with various groups of cancer patients including Irish Cancer Society and non-profit Ireland Cancer Trial for which she recently became a member of the Patient Advisory Committee.

And she’s getting support from the Marie Keating Active Living Group.

She said: “Sometimes you might think, am I in a dream? So I joined a support group because I knew it would be different this time. You are living with it and it is always in your head.

“People swing between optimism and despair. I live between reality and hope. But when it’s 3am and you can’t sleep, you’re thinking I need a miracle, but that’s not how it works. Miracles are very rare and you just have to accept that.”

Siobhan, husband Malachy and their three children Rory, Phelim and Megan


Siobhan, husband Malachy and their three children Rory, Phelim and Megan
Siobhan says she lives'between reality and hope'


Siobhan says she lives ‘between reality and hope’

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