June scan results, the CytoDyn trial, travelling to the US during COVID-19 and what’s keeping me HAPPY these days – an update from Holly

Hello everyone. This post has taken me the best part of three days to write! It was time to make sense of the past few weeks by putting it all into words. Here’s what’s been happening with me. I wrote…

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#HollysTrial – An update from Olive

Hello everyone. What a week it has been. Please watch Olive’s update about my cancer trial trip to San Francisco. This is my huge news. THANK YOU ❤️ Olive is an incredible friend I first met through Happy Magazine and…

Get a free GROWBox from Energia and learn to grow your own veg at home

Energia have just launched a social initiative called Get Ireland Growing, where you can register to be in with a chance of getting 1 of 1,000 GROWBoxes to help you learn to grow your own veg at home. It’s very…

Strip and Dip for Childhood Cancer is going virtual THIS SATURDAY

Today Cancer Survivor Lorraine Taylor joins us to share all the details about this weekend’s Virtual Strip & Dip Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer. Childhood Cancer Never Stops and Neither Do We! This weekend we are hoping to hold the World’s…

What it feels like to be a young woman living with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis

My husband and I were talking late into the night. We talked about the “old us”, the us before cancer came into our lives. We talked about how much we have grown and changed in the last three and a…

On sale now: Happy Magazine Cancer Journal

I am so proud to release the Happy Magazine Cancer Journal for sale today. This was a pure labour of love, it wasn’t work at all. I really enjoyed imagining my perfect journal for a cancer journey (if you have…

BIG NEWS! Announcing the Happy Magazine Cancer Journal

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a very special Happy Magazine project. It has kept me very happily busy during Lockdown and also super positive through my own ongoing cancer treatment. It’s a PRETTY cancer journal –…

You can donate to Holly’s treatment fund here

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday to you wherever you are. I am coming on briefly this morning to share the news that an amazing friend of mine, Olive from Browtique, has set up a GoFundMe page for me. A…

A “stable” scan, exciting trial news and my secret project! An update from Holly

It’s the middle of May now and a few weeks since I last updated here on Happy Magazine about my own cancer treatment. Since my last post on Navigating COVID-19 during chemo, a lot has happened – thankfully all positive…

Order Happy Magazine direct to your door

Did you know that all three print editions of Happy Magazine are available to buy in our Shop? Perhaps you never made it to one of our distribution locations to pick up a free copy of any of our issues…

The 4 bras every woman needs for life after breast surgery

I’m delighted to welcome Valerie Murphy back to the online pages of Happy Magazine. Valerie has just launched her new website Valerie’s Breast Care for women in the Mid-West of Ireland. It’s well worth a look if you are having…

*NOW CLOSED* WIN this fabulous self-care hamper from Meaghers Pharmacy!

We are giving away a beautiful Meaghers Pharmacy gift hamper worth over €200 in our latest giveaway on Happy Magazine! With luxury self-care goodies from Pippa, Pestle & Mortar, Kinvara, MooGoo and more, it’s a perfect prize for these testing…

Coping With Coronavirus: How To Stay Calm and Protect your Mental Health

A regular reader of Happy Magazine told me about this gem ❤️ If you or someone you know is struggling with coping with Coronavirus and all that it brings, this short book might be just the tool you need. It’s…

And the winners of our Journal Giveaway are… DRUMROLL

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet here on Happy Magazine the last week or two. I am taking a short work break to recover from my chemotherapy but I will be back soon. Today I am…

Your Stories: Klara McDonnell on slowing down for cancer

Today we are joined by Klara McDonnell, a singer/songwriter and actor from Dublin. Klara was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December and is currently doing treatment. She is rocking her unique sense of style all the way to…

*NOW CLOSED* A giveaway for Cocooners – 5 cancer journals to be won!

I’ve got a special giveaway for Happy Magazine this week, with the prizes from none other than my own amazing Mom! My mom has been training herself in graphic design over the past few years (smart or what?) and sells…

Helpful products and services for cancer patients during COVID-19 *EXTRA LONG POST!*

I have been collecting a list of helpful products and services I have discovered as a cancer patient again over the past couple of months. Most of these are small Irish businesses who are working harder than ever to support…

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…

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…