Using compassion to heal trauma – A talk from Gerry Hussey

Tonight I attended week 2 of a Survive & Thrive course organised by the Marie Keating Foundation and which I wrote about last week here. I’m finding the course incredibly helpful already. It’s so nice to be able to talk…

The Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme

For today’s post I’d like to tell you a little bit about the Marie Keating Foundation’s Survive & Thrive Programme for men and women who have finished cancer treatment. Last night was the first meeting of their latest course of…

#scancitement – Jen’s version of #scanxiety

Jen of The Cancer Chronicles blog has very kindly allowed us to re-publish a post she wrote recently on ‘scanxiety’. If you’re on a cancer journey, this term probably doesn’t need any explaining, am I right? Jen’s post might help…

Boots Ireland Night Walks raises €50,000 for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service

Due to the incredible fundraising efforts of everyone involved in the 2018 Boots Ireland Night Walks recently, €50,000 has been raised for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service. Since the partnership began between Boots and the Irish Cancer Society in…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Come and join us for coffee next Wednesday 3 October

I am delighted to be speaking at a #CupsAgainstBreastCancer coffee morning next week in Adamstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin. Organised by my friend and neighbour Jackie, we are hoping to raise as much as we can for the Irish Cancer Society‘s breast cancer services.…

Highlights from Soul Space: Gerry Hussey on Healing Trauma

The Soul Space event I was so looking forward to happened this weekend. Very early on Saturday morning, my husband, toddler and I tumbled into our campervan and hit the road to Galway. We arrived at the beautiful venue, Claregalway…

Have you got a question for Clare?

Clare Reed, our Cancer Therapist here at Happy Magazine, will be answering your questions regarding the tools and techniques you can use to help yourself through the challenge of cancer in our first print edition coming out in December. A…

Louise McSharry launches new ‘Make Blood Cancer Visible’ video series to support those affected by blood cancer

New research to mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this month has revealed that 29% of carers are spending the equivalent of an average working week or more to care for a loved one living with cancer[i] 29% of people who care…

ARC Cancer Support

I love this short video from the team at ARC Cancer Support. It explains exactly what services are available at the three ARC Cancer Support Centres in Dublin, free of charge. I popped into the ARC Centre near St James’s…

How to wrap great Turbans! By Georgie Crawford

Have you been following Georgie Crawford on Instagram? Georgie is the Entertainment Editor at Spin Radio here in Ireland and she has been going through treatment for breast cancer over the last year. Georgie has been shining a light on…

Boots Ireland Launches ‘Feel Like You Again’ Campaign to Support People Living with Cancer

I noticed the Boots ‘Feel Like You Again’ campaign almost immediately when it was launched this week – have you seen it yet? It’s really powerful and has brought tears to my eyes every time I’ve watched it. With this…

5 tips for getting through hospital scans

Thump. The sound of your hospital scan appointment letter landing on the doormat. Or is it the sound of your heart falling to your shoes? Hospital scans are a difficult part of life after a cancer diagnosis. And it’s hard.…

CervicalCheck controversy update from the Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is determined to do everything they can to help everyone affected by the recent CervicalCheck scandal. They have put together information that might help answer any worries and questions you have in relation to the scandal HERE.…

How to tell your children you have cancer: Cora’s Story

Today’s article is from Cora Dineen Mattimoe, a mum and breast cancer survivor from Co. Cork. Cora’s written a piece for us all about how to tell your kids you have cancer. If this is a scenario facing you in…

Website Spotlight: Clare’s Wish

Clare’s Wish Foundation is an Irish charity which grants wishes to adults living with terminal illnesses. Founded by Kevin Clancy in loving memory of his sister Clare, the Irish charity has already granted more than 50 wishes in all counties…

Daffodil Centres – Have you visited one?

Today is Daffodil Day and around the country thousands of volunteers will be out helping to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. Daffodil Day really is a wonderful initiative with benefits in two key areas – firstly, spreading awareness…

Boots Food Intolerance Testing Service

Did you know Boots Pharmacy offer a Food Intolerance Testing Service? This can be useful if you’re wondering if certain foods are making you feel unwell. Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to food you’ve eaten. It’s not usually serious, but it…

Shine Cancer Support Blog – Living with cancer in your 20s, 30s and 40s

We came across the Shine Cancer Support Blog on Twitter the other day. Shine Cancer Support is the only charity in the UK exclusively focused on supporting adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have been diagnosed with cancer. They…

Breast Friends – Breast Cancer & Beyond

If you or a friend or family member is currently going through breast cancer, check out Teresa Costello’s blog Breast Friends. She has been blogging her way through breast cancer and beyond and sharing all the highs and lows of…