Throwback Post: I need help, you need help, that’s okay

Today’s Throwback Post is from Bernie Kirwan, a breast cancer survivor and former Cancer Support Nurse. Bernie offers some guidance for those who are just starting out on their cancer journey, and their carers, on how to make sense of it…

Life with a colostomy bag – by Reader Katie Boylan

Today’s post is by Happy Magazine Reader Katie Boylan. Katie writes about life with a stoma after her colon cancer diagnosis in 2017 and tells us how she’s learned to love her colostomy bag. In February 2017 I was diagnosed…

World Cancer Day: Valerie’s travel experiences – Vietnam

Valerie Murphy, a Mastectomy Fit Specialist based in the mid-west of Ireland, will be joining us here on Happy Magazine regularly over the next few weeks for a special series of posts. Valerie will be sharing her travel experiences with…

Do you experience cancer-related fatigue (CRF)? Find out more about CRF on Monday in this free webinar

A few weeks ago we shared details here on Happy Magazine about Untire, an app for beating cancer fatigue. The Tired of Cancer team have been in touch again, this time to share that they are hosting a free online…

Have you entered our CanPlan Giveaway?

Have you heard of the CanPlan? It’s a unique planner specifically for people going through cancer, created by US-based Sharon Kim after her mother’s own battle with cancer. Sharon initially launched the CanPlan on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and it is…

Don’t lose your #JanuaryHealthGoals motivation – Visit your local LloydsPharmacy for support

Did you set some health goals this January? Are you losing the motivation to continue with them? Your local LloydsPharmacy may be able to help. All 91 LloydsPharmacy stores nationwide are running a FREE 8-week health programme called Change Your Health Direction,…

Cancer guilt

In today’s post, breast cancer survivor Natasha Whelehan writes about cancer guilt and asks, is self-compassion the solution? Last November was a difficult month for me. I spent some time in hospital again as a result of developing cellulitis in my…

Am I really a warrior? By Reader Claire Shearer

As cancer thrivers or survivors we are often described as warriors, but it is seldom that we really think of ourselves that way. Today’s post is by Happy Magazine Reader, Claire Shearer. I am a wellness warrior,  I even have…

The CanPlan – A planner to help you through cancer + A Giveaway!

Have you heard of the CanPlan? It’s a unique planner specifically for people going through cancer, created by US-based Sharon Kim after her mother’s own battle with cancer. Sharon initially launched the CanPlan on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, and it is…

Happy New Year from Happy Magazine!

We hope you all had a lovely evening last night and a peaceful start to the New Year this morning. I love the start of a New Year. It’s the ultimate clean slate and new beginning, filled with promise and…

Your New Normal – A free online course for the New Year from Directionality

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! We’ve got some exciting news for you today. Psychology Coach and Cancer Survivor Niamh Gaffney from Directionality is offering 30 Happy Magazine readers a place on a FREE* online course with her this January. Aiming…

Returning to work after cancer – Advice from a recruitment agency

Malwina King is a Director with Sigmar Recruitment in Dublin. We spoke to her recently about her advice for someone who is thinking of returning to work after cancer. Perhaps it’s something you are thinking of doing yourself in the…

Day 12: Winners revealed + Using Christmas carols for inspiration

Today we are excited to reveal the winners of all of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! If you took the time to enter, THANK YOU and we hope you find your name below. If you don’t, don’t despair, we…

Day 8: Yoga for the Festive Season

On the 8th Day of Christmas, Ruth gave to us… A Simple Christmas Yoga Flow! The lovely Ruth at Yogaru has developed this home yoga sequence for us, to help us survive the festive season with our sanity intact. All…

Day 7: A Warrior’s Words Book Giveaway

Edwina Thompson from Leigh in Manchester has written a unique book about her recent journey through Triple Negative Breast Cancer. In today’s post Edwina tells us all about it in her own words. My name is Edwina Thompson. I am a…

Being stoic during cancer – A strategy to help

It’s official, ‘stoicism’ is a trend(!) and it’s one that can help you as a strategy for dealing with cancer, writes Cancer Therapist Clare Reed from CBT For Cancer. I was listening to an interesting podcast on the BBC radio the…

What to say (and what not to say) to a friend who is going through cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an incredibly frightening and isolating experience that can last long beyond that first hospital appointment. Friends of course want to say and do the right things to support those in the situation, but sometimes it…

December events: Wellness Workshops in Lucan, Co Dublin

Holistic Therapist Grainne Nolan from Reiki Healing From Within will be holding Wellness Workshops this December. The Splendour of Winter – Wellness Workshop Grainne is hosting a small group workshop this December from her home in Lucan, Co. Dublin on…

What to pack for a mastectomy

Happy Magazine Reader Bríd O’Connor from County Kerry has contributed the following piece on what to pack in your hospital bag for a mastectomy. I had a bilateral mastectomy just over three weeks ago. As with all operations, they are…

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.…