By Happy Magazine Editor, Holly Kennedy.

Hello hello everyone! How are you all??

Thank you all so much for your support for my last post. So many of you sent me beautiful, uplifting messages of positivity and I am very, very grateful – they really helped me that first day back in chemo and since. If you took the time to write to me, thank you so, so much – I want you to know your message helped me so very, very much at a time when I really needed help.

So how am I?

I am doing great!

I’ve had one cycle of chemo so far (I am doing 3 x three-week cycles and then I’ll have a scan) and I’m feeling really good so far. Chemotherapy side effects have been minimal and the pain I had been having at night prior to chemo has MUCH improved, which we all think is a very, very positive sign!

I have also been ramping up my integrated approach to my treatment plan, adding in as much as I can to support my body from every angle, and this has really helped me to feel in control and extremely positive. I am feeling better and better, stronger and stronger, day by day, and I am very happy about that.

I have also been enjoying so many new things these past few weeks – recipes, online content, audiobooks, healthy products, music and meditations, so I’ve got a LOT to share with you!

Did you know? The fascinating phenomenon of flowers following the sun across the sky is called heliotropism

As I was looking for a lovely, bright image for this post, I came across this sunflower. A few years ago my Husband and I holidayed in the south of France and were captivated by the sunflower fields we found there. We noticed that these fields of thousands of beautiful yellow sunflower ‘faces’ would literally follow the sun across the summer sky over the course of the day and we really marveled at this phenomenon. If you’ve ever seen a massive sunflower field – they almost seem to sing with joy. My Husband and I can’t pass a sunflower now without remembering the singing fields of sunny France that year. This image reminded me of the importance of following the sun, or rather, the happiness in life. It’s there in every day, we just need to follow it with our faces, as sunflowers do 😉

Tilt your chin up, find that sunshine, and follow it 🙂

Sooo, as I say to my little boy whenever we’re about to do something – LET’S DO THIS THING!


  1. 17 September, 2019 / 7:00 pm

    You got this Holly xxx

  2. Cathy McCarthy
    17 September, 2019 / 7:15 pm

    fab post Holly. Yes I love sunlowers too. Their colour is spectacular.

  3. Mary Charlotte Sessions
    17 September, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    Holly , was so sorry to read about your diagnosis. Your positivity is inspirational. Glad to hear your treatment is going well. Wishing you the very best 💕 x x

  4. Geraldine
    18 September, 2019 / 6:42 am

    Welcome back Holly. ❤️❤️🌞

  5. Lizzy
    18 September, 2019 / 7:30 am

    It’s great to see you posting again, and I just love the sunflower! A family with two young children who live down the street from me grew two big sunflowers in pots this year, and it was lovely watching the plants grow and seeing them in full bloom. The delight on the children’s faces as they followed the flowers’ progress was as beautiful as the blossoms. “Let’s Do This Thing” is a wonderful slogan for all of us. I hope everything continues to go well for you.

  6. Elfreda
    18 September, 2019 / 7:37 am

    You Go Girl!!!! X

  7. Grainne Nolan
    18 September, 2019 / 7:45 am

    Delighted to see your post this morning Holly.
    And know you are doing well. There is so much beauty out there. Love the vibrant happy colour of sunflowers..Your are doing great. Xxx

  8. Helen Spain
    18 September, 2019 / 8:14 am

    Holly, It so lovely to read your post, full of positivity and inspiration. Keep stong on this next journey, happy sunflower thoughts xx

  9. Mary Holden
    18 September, 2019 / 8:21 am

    Hi Holly
    Beautiful photograph. Was so very sad to hear that your cancer has come back. Stay positive and keep writing!

  10. 18 September, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Go Holly, go! Your Happy Magazine arrival this morning has made my day. You are amazing. X

  11. Sharon Power
    18 September, 2019 / 9:13 am

    You are amazing x

    • Sarah
      18 September, 2019 / 1:11 pm

      Great to hear from you Holly & you sound like you are making progress.. keep it up, we are all with you! I’m just back from the south of France myself, my first holiday after my treatment ended. The sunflowers are beautiful & I found the lavender fields so therapeutic too💕

    • Viv
      18 September, 2019 / 6:10 pm

      Delighted to be reading such an inspirational post and to know that you are feeling good – keep your spirits up and remember you really are amazing xx

  12. Caroline
    18 September, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Glad your doing well. I love sunflowers too, they always remind me of France too. I love your magazine and your posts.

  13. 18 September, 2019 / 12:09 pm

    Delighted your treatment is going well….

    Myself and my sister were admiring dwarf sunflowers in the gardencentre yesterday. It was in orchard gardencentre not far from Lucan….
    Everytime i look at sunflowers, I can’t help SMILING😁.

  14. judith ashton
    18 September, 2019 / 12:31 pm

    Great to hear you in good sparkling positive form Holly!! Sunflowers really do make me happy too. I have seen fields and fields full of them in France, so tall with their faces towards the sun. They look like tall beings from another world here to bring us happiness and joy. Stay well and keep doing what you are doing …Love to you XX

  15. Anna
    18 September, 2019 / 12:33 pm

    You are part of my journey…

  16. marie wallis
    19 September, 2019 / 8:56 am

    Lovely to read your post Holly. So full of positivity. You are a wonderful help to me. I’m always delighted when I see a new message from you in my inbox. So happy you’re chemo is going well. Xx

  17. Linda yarwood
    20 September, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    Always look forward to your posts Holly and so glad that you’re doing well ♥️ 💪🌻

  18. Rosemary Briem
    20 September, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    Well done Holly for getting in touch with us. I have been thinking of you. Your positivity is inspiring. By sending love to you it’s just acknowledging the wonderful resource you have provided countless people with.
    Love Romy ❤️

  19. Leontia Fannin
    20 September, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    Holly, you are an absolute inspiration. Thinking of you loads and wishing you all the best x

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