Navigating COVID-19 during chemo and how I’m doing – An update from Holly

Hello everyone. So many of you send me messages to see how I am doing and I am so grateful for them, thank you all so much. I’m afraid I have not been able to write back to everyone and…

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Active Coping Calendar for April

The world is in crisis. Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind. This Active Coping Calendar from Action for Happiness has daily actions for April 2020 to help us look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together. Download…

WellFest rescheduled from May to September 2020

WellFest, Ireland’s first and largest health and wellbeing festival, has been rescheduled in light of the spread of COVID-19. WellFest, in partnership with KBC Bank Ireland, was due to take place on 9-10 May in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.…

Videos for staying home during COVID-19 Coronavirus

In this digital age we have so many incredible free resources available at our fingertips. Today I’m sharing some online videos which you might find helpful while you are staying home during COVID-19 Coronavirus. I’ve got recipes for smoothies and…

Your Stories: A gap year with a difference – By Avril Patton

For many, a cancer diagnosis is an unexpected “gap year”, hopefully, never to be repeated. A year where our courage and strength is tested and we learn things we never knew about ourselves. Today Reader Avril Patton joins us to…

Yoga during cancer treatment – An immune boosting sequence from Aileen Slein

Today I am thrilled to share a home yoga sequence video with you from fellow cancer fighter, Aileen Slein. Aileen is currently going through chemo and wanted to share her favourite immune boosting yoga sequence with all of us here…

Getting creative: Making pebble art with Cathy McCarthy

Looking for a way to get creative during Ireland’s #StayHome initiative? Contributor Cathy McCarthy joins us today with an easy art tutorial you can follow along at home. She will show you how, with a few simple supplies, you can…

5 ways to help a friend with cancer during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis

Do you know someone going through cancer right now? Here are 5 practical ways you can help them during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. 1. Video call them instead of visiting Many cancer patients (especially those on chemotherapy) will be self-isolating…

Heartwarming TV to keep you smiling during #coronavirus

Many of us will find ourselves at home now for extended periods while we each play our part in delaying and hopefully containing the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. Here’s a heartwarming Netflix recommendation to keep you smiling through these troubling…

Banish chemo breakouts with this luxurious skin treat from Evolve Beauty

Breakouts. There’s no escaping them. Or is there? The Rainforest Rescue Serum from Evolve Beauty is my answer to breakouts at the moment. Dawn at The Clean Beauty Edit sent me one to try out and it really does seem…

BARGAIN ALERT! Health and wellness books are on sale at The Book People

The Book People have a clearance sale on at the moment and there are some really awesome bargains to be had, especially in the Health, Lifestyle & Wellbeing section. I’ve picked a few that I fancy to show you below…

Avoiding COVID-19 Coronavirus – Tips for cancer patients

With two confirmed cases in Ireland as of today, the COVID-19 Coronavirus is the talk of the nation at the moment. As a cancer patient going through chemo, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ll be doing my best…

Why I Relay – Gay’s Story

Today Gay Murphy joins us to share her personal cancer story and tell us all about why she got involved with Relay for Life Wexford – a remarkable fundraising event happening again this July in aid of the Irish Cancer…

Natural beauty products – How to get started and WHY they matter

Kasia from natural skincare brand Sana Naturals featured the following beauty Q&A over on her blog recently. Kasia spoke to Noleen Sliney all about her work as a natural beauty makeup artist and dug deep with some great questions. Kasia…

A shareable video for friends and family – What to say to someone going through cancer

This video caught my eye yesterday. There are some practical points in here from popular YouTube Creator Jay Shetty about what to say to someone going through cancer. I think it’s a good one for sharing with friends and family…

*NOW CLOSED* Create beautiful brows in seconds with this gorgeous kit + Win your own!

Oh, the struggle is real, isn’t it? Patchy brows, sparse brows, thin brows, NO BROWS. Cancer treatment can do a number on our eyebrows and eyelashes as well as our hair. Thankfully two inspiring women from Cork have created a…

What to expect from hair regrowth after chemo

If you’re undergoing chemotherapy currently, or about to start treatment, then you might want to know what to expect in terms of hair regrowth afterwards. How long will it take to grow back? Will it look like it did before?…

Supporting each other on World Cancer Day

Happy Magazine Contributor Cathy McCarthy attended a Cancer Support Information Evening during the week at Meaghers Pharmacy in Churchtown, Dublin. She wrote this event report for us. You may or may not have known that last Tuesday, 4 February was…

I will not die from cancer – this is my decision

This is how it is in my head today. I will not die from cancer. I will live for my little boy, my Husband, my family, my friends, my readers. This is my decision and I can do it. There…

My favourite quick and HEALTHY snack

My favourite quick and healthy snack is really simple. Two big spoons of Vanilla Coconut Yogurt from the Coconut Collaborative topped with a tablespoon of Linwoods Milled Organic Flaxseed, a tablespoon of Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola, a big handful of…

This waterproof sleeve works wonders for picc lines

Last Monday I had a picc line inserted in my left upper arm to help make my chemo infusions a little easier. I’d been having quite a bit of trouble with my veins and was starting to look purple and…

These Banana Breakfast Muffins will make getting up in the morning a little easier! Recipe from Roz Purcell’s No …

I’m a Roz Purcell fan. She’s real and fabulous on her Instagram and her recipes are always easy and, most importantly, tasty! I reached out to her recently to ask for a new recipe for Happy Magazine and her team…

This pretty Wellness Planner is a total bargain at only €3.99

Ah you gotta love the deals in the centre aisles of the German retailers! You never know what you might find. This week Aldi has got a pretty Wellness Planner which is a total bargain at only €3.99. With a…

If you’ve ever had a cat, you’ll enjoy this 🤣

Cats have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. We’ve had many cats over the years, all of them so different to each other and yet all of them so very loving in their…

Music therapy: Some of my all time favourites

Oh folks… is there really anything better than listening to some music that you really love? I’ve always been into music and my love for it just seems to grow as I do. Tonight I’m relaxing after a hospital day…

Clean Beauty: Winter Skin Essentials

An email from The Clean Beauty Edit caught my eye this week. Check out these three awesome clean beauty products perfect for these cold winter days… Evolve Organic Beauty Rainforest Rescue Serum, €28 A natural solution to oily and blemished…

5 quick tips for chemo

Tic Tacs for nausea Oh yes, folks, Tic Tacs are my saviour right now. I get hit with the Most Fearsome waves of nausea and boy, it’s pop a Tic Tac in my mouth as fast as I can or…

And then there was LIGHT – An update post from Holly

I am delighted to let you all know that I’ve had some Really Good News. I had a scan last week to check on my progress over the last three months. The results were GREAT. The scan showed much improvement…

Intimacy after cancer, loss of libido and menopause – By Trina Cleary

Sexual intimacy after cancer treatment is a difficult issue for many. Today we’re joined by Breast Cancer Survivor and Theya Healthcare Ambassador Trina Cleary who shares her thoughts on moving forward with her life after cancer and some of the…

8 minutes of pure relaxation – Weightless by Marconi Union

So this came up in my Instagram feed the other day and I just had to investigate… A song that can reduce anxiety? Really? Now how about that! So I had a listen. And it is lovely. And also very,…