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,…

New Year, New Yoga – Mini Flows for 2020 from Yogaru

Our Yoga Expert Ruth from Yogaru recently shared some special mini restorative yoga flow sequences for the New Year with us. Why not try them out at home for some instant calm and connection with yourself – they are simple…

Giveaway! Win yourself a Cancer Care Parcel on Happy Magazine

The lovely team at Cancer Care Parcel in the UK have sent us three amazing gift hampers to give away. We’ve got two Deluxe Chemo Patient Gift Packages, suitable for anyone going through chemo at the moment, and one Animal…

Meditate with Miriam

Miriam Hussey from Soul Space made a special announcement on Instagram yesterday. She will be running a week of guided meditations called Meditate with Miriam on Instagram TV starting from 13 January, completely free and for all levels, including complete beginners.…

I believe in hope

I think the hardest part of coming to terms with my metastatic breast cancer (MBC) diagnosis these past few months has been the struggle to believe in hope. Hope is a word I’d never much cared for, until now. It…

Looking for your next TV series? I’ve got just the thing…

Oooh it feels good to be tapping away at my keyboard once more! Hello everyone and Happy Christmas to you all. I hope Santa was good to you and you are all enjoying the holiday season. Today I thought I’d…

*NOW CLOSED* Festive Giveaway! Win an inspiring diary for 2020 from Get Up and Go Publications

I love the affordable and inspiring diaries from Irish publishing company Get Up and Go Publications. I’ve bought a few from them over the years and this year I couldn’t wait to see their new Diary for Busy Women 2020.…

IT’S HERE! Issue 3 of Happy Magazine is out now

I am delighted to announce that Issue 3 of Happy Magazine is here! Click here to see where you can get a copy or read it online right here 👇 This third print edition is 56 pages of our usual online…

Thriver Talks – Positive inspiration for breast cancer survivors and thrivers

A special pal of mine recently pointed me in the direction of Thriver Talks, a podcast series by two inspiring metastatic breast cancer “thrivers”, Nalie Agustin and Stephanie Seban, and I’m so glad she did. Their candid chats about life…

An update post for all readers

Good morning everyone! Today I want to give a long overdue update as to how I’m doing with chemo and also a magazine update. Thank you all so much for your patience these past few weeks while Happy Magazine has been…

Podcast Recommendation: Georgie Crawford speaks to leukemia survivor Ciaran Byrne

In the latest series of The Good Glow podcast, breast cancer survivor Georgie Crawford interviews inspiring leukemia survivor Ciaran Byrne in episode 2 and 3. On a dark day, this particular interview really lifted my spirits and put a spring…

Music therapy: Now That I’ve Found You

Liam Gallagher is generally pegged as the loud-mouthed rogue of 90s band Oasis but I tend to think there’s more to him than that. My Husband and I have really enjoyed his recent music as a solo artist and his…

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer At All Costs

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday to you, wherever you are. Today’s post on Happy Magazine is a book I’ve found intriguing these past few weeks – Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer At All Costs by Dr Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D.…

Your Stories: Finding calm during treatment – By Avril Patton

In March this year, after I found a lump, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. This lump turned out to be a 5cm, grade 3, stage 3 cancerous tumour. This is the day my life changed. There are…

How to poach an egg (perfectly) – A video by Downshiftology

Trust the lovely Lisa from Downshiftology to test out and discover the exact route to the perfect poached egg in this new video on her YouTube channel. Plus, there’s a DELICIOUS breakfast/lunch idea at the end that’ll definitely get your…

LET’S DO THIS THING!

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,…

Meeting a new chapter with positive expectancy

Trigger warning: Advanced breast cancer Hi everyone. Holly here. This is the post I had hoped I’d never have to write. Some of you already know, or maybe you have even guessed, with the silence here over the past week.…

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six

Happy Magazine Reader Katie Boylan joins us today with a book review of Daisy Jones and The Six. This sounds like wonderful read for an escape into the wild world of a 70s rock band and all that goes with…

5 wholesome breakfast smoothies by Pick Up Limes

About Sadia Sadia is a Canadian foodie and Dietetics Graduate currently living in The Netherlands. She now works as a YouTube content creator for her channel Pick Up Limes – an online community of over 1 million people. She also regularly adds new plant-based recipes to her…

Living Well With and Beyond Cancer Conference 2019

The Irish Cancer Society’s annual national conference for cancer survivors, those who care for them, health care professionals, and staff or volunteers from community-based cancer support services, is almost here. This year the conference will be in Dublin on Saturday…

10 little things you should start making time for again

The following article popped into my inbox last week from US-based personal development blog, Marc and Angel. It really touched me and right after reading it, I emailed Angel to ask her if I could re-publish it here for all…

Happy Color – A ‘paint by numbers’ app for your phone/tablet

Happy Color is a ‘Paint by Numbers’ colouring app for your phone or tablet. Yes, really! Rather than colouring with crayons or pens on paper, you paint with your, er, finger, directly on your screen, and it’s strangely addictive –…

Free download: Recipe booklet for people living with cancer

The World Cancer Research Fund is a UK charity dedicated to funding  research into the prevention of cancer through diet and lifestyle and cancer survival. This week they launched their Ryan Riley recipe booklet, as part of their Life Kitchen…

Your Stories: Ruth Barry on the power of positive support during cancer

Today we’re welcoming Ruth Barry from North Dublin to share her story with us. Ruth gives some fantastic first-hand advice for a breast cancer journey, we hope you find her story helpful and inspiring. Your name, age and where you’re…

Book Recommendation: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I listened to City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert on Audible this week. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and I enjoyed every bit of it, so much so, I didn’t want it to end. It’s been the best thing…

4 inspiring wellness events

Today I’m sharing 4 inspiring wellness events over the next few months that have caught my eye lately. Three are in Dublin and one is in Wexford, and one of them is FREE. I’m hoping to go to them all…

The new you – style after cancer

Personal Stylist Teresa Lenihan from Co. Limerick joins us today with her top tips for looking and feeling better after cancer. By Teresa Lenihan, for Happy Magazine. My name is Teresa and I am from Co. Limerick. I have worked…

6 ways to support a friend with cancer – what they wish you knew

Supporting a friend through a cancer diagnosis is a difficult thing and it can be very hard to know where to start and how to understand how they’re feeling. We’ve put together the following points to help, based on the…