Did you catch Happy Magazine on Weekend:am on Saturday?

Natasha Whelehan and I were delighted to be invited to share our experiences with breast cancer and Happy Magazine on Virgin Media’s Weekend:am show last Saturday, 27 October. Eighteen months ago, Natasha and I would never have dreamed of appearing on…

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Quit trying to be superhuman – Time out!

Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with an article about life after cancer treatment and why we shouldn’t try to be superhuman, too soon. I have been observing you. Watching and learning what you are getting up to and…

Calling all Oncology Nurses

We need your help. Happy Magazine are looking for Oncology Nurses/Clinical Nurse Managers that would be ‘happy’ to receive Happy Magazine in their hospitals 🙂 We are looking for one dedicated contact in each of the major hospitals in Ireland…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 2

After an absolutely silent night tucked up in our comfortable beds at Creacon, we both woke before our 7am alarm this morning feeling refreshed – how wonderful. Soon we were on the move and we slipped out of the quiet…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 1

Today’s post comes to you from the restful surroundings of the Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, County Wexford. Myself and a friend arrived here today (Saturday) at about 3pm after a busy morning and a long, slightly stressful drive…

Living a Yoga Lifestyle: Ruth’s Top 3 Finds for October

Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about three favourite new things she’s enjoying. Ruth has very kindly allowed us to re-post these here on Happy Magazine going forward…

Yoga for Complete Beginners – 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout from Yoga With Adriene

Yoga really helped me through my cancer treatment last year and continues to help me now. If you’ve never done yoga before, today’s post is a video tutorial from Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. It’s a 20 minute home workout…

Following the Pink Ribbon Path

Following the Pink Ribbon Path by Mary Redmond Ussher is a spiritual and reflective journal of a woman’s journey through breast cancer. Just re-published by Columba Books, Mary’s original book has been recently revised by her son Patrick, to fulfil a…

Love home improvement shows? Stay Here on Netflix is for you

On Sunday my brother and his fiancé recommended the new Stay Here series on Netflix as something I might enjoy watching. WELL. They sure were right – I am hooked! Stay Here is an American reality television series on Netflix…

Your Stories: Jane Horner on finding your inner strength

Today’s Reader’s Story is from Jane Horner. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2017. She shares with us her treatment story and how she’s doing now, along with the vital message that you will find your inner strength…

Apps for a cancer experience – Part 1

We’ve been thinking about apps that are helpful for a cancer journey. And there are so many! So we’ve decided to start a new series. Today’s post is Part 1 and includes 12 apps. Whatsapp Whatsapp is a popular messaging…

How to make almond milk – A video from Downshiftology

I like using unsweetened almond milk in my overnight oats, which is my breakfast normally Monday to Friday. I buy Alpro in SuperValu but I love the idea of making my own almond milk. Today’s video from Downshiftology on YouTube…

I Sprained My Mental Health Podcast

It seems awareness about mental health has reached a peak at the moment in Ireland. It seems to be everywhere. And, personally, I think this can only be a good thing. It’s always good to talk, and especially good to…

Restoring the balance between mind, body and home

Ciara Doran, one of our regular contributors here on Happy Magazine, writes for us today about how to make your home a harmonious, comfortable place. Restoring the balance between mind, body and home is the ultimate wellness practice, in my…

Fancy starring in a new fashion show on RTÉ?

A production company called DSP have been in touch with us here at Happy Magazine with details of a new TV fashion show they are creating for RTÉ. They are looking for men or women who might like to take…

Pink Coffee Morning – Life after breast cancer surgery

Physiofit Woman is hosting a Pink Coffee Morning this Sunday, 21 October at 11.30am in their clinic on the Kylemore Road, Dublin 12. This combined coffee morning and talk aims at educating and empowering women after cancer. Organiser Deborah Fernandes,…

Your Stories: Dee Doherty on getting the help you need, when you need it

Continuing with our focus on breast cancer this month, we have another inspiring reader’s story for you today. Dee Doherty is a young woman living with her husband and two little boys in Wicklow. Dee talks about the struggle she…

Another event tomorrow (Wednesday 17 October), this time for women awaiting breast reconstruction

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a daily subscriber to Happy Magazine and are receiving this email in your inbox on Wednesday morning, this event is tonight. An informal information evening for patients who are awaiting breast reconstruction The evening will detail…

Public talk on breast cancer this Wednesday evening in Dublin

A public talk ‘Breast Cancer – A Growing Global Challenge?’ will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday, 17 October at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. All are welcome and registration is free. The Irish…

The importance of creating a happy vibe when caring

Going through cancer is tough, not only on the patient, but on the patient’s main carer or carers, too. Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with her top tips on how to create a happy vibe when caring for…

Music therapy: Head Above Water

I came across Avril Lavigne’s new song this week. It’s called Head Above Water and I’m not quite sure what I make of it yet, but I think it’s worth sharing here today. I like the big vocals but not…

Writing an Autumn Bucket List

I love this time of year. Well, really I love the changing of all the seasons, one into another – it’s a great opportunity to change/refresh routines and start new habits. But summer changing to autumn has to be one…

‘Try on your perfect brow’ and the Brow Contour Pro pencil from Benefit

I came across a fun online tool on Benefit’s website this week. It lets you ‘try on’ different brow shapes and styles your new brows directly onto a photo which you upload or take directly on the site. I couldn’t…

Girl Power: THEYA Healthcare’s post-surgery underwear

THEYA Healthcare are an innovative Irish company that are truly dedicated to what they do – providing women with post-surgery underwear that can actually help you feel better faster I had my breast cancer surgery in June last year. I…

Yoga sequences to support you this autumn/winter

Today Ruth Delahunty joins us from Yogaru with four short yoga sequences you can do at home over the coming colder months to help support your body and mind through the winter. PLEASE NOTE: These sequences will be easier to…

Your Stories: Elfreda McGowan on rewarding yourself at each milestone

Today I’m delighted to welcome back Elfreda McGowan to Happy Magazine. Elfreda has written some amazing beauty content for us here before and also spoke on our first podcast but today she is sharing her cancer story with us. Elfreda writes…

Media launch of Happy Magazine – Ireland’s first dedicated cancer support magazine

Today, Monday 8 October 2018, marks the official launch of Happy Magazine to the Irish media. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, myself, our Happy Magazine cover star Domini Kemp and three more beautiful breast cancer survivors – Niamh,…

Music therapy: After The Rain

Aah, I love a little bit of Nickelback from time to time. They have a bad rep as the “pop” of the rock world but I think they’re great – they sure do know how to come out with a…

10 tips to sleep better from Downshiftology

You have a lot more control over your sleep than you might think. With a few tips, habits and sleep hacks, you can learn how to sleep better naturally, fall asleep fast and most importantly – stay asleep. Sleep is…

Events by the Marie Keating Foundation this October

The Marie Keating Foundation is marking 20 years fighting breast cancer with a series of events this October. The Foundation was established in 1998 by the Keating family after their mother, Marie Keating, died from the disease. Coping with Advanced…