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…

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…

Your Stories: Trina Cleary shares her mastectomy experience

Today we’re welcoming Trina Cleary back to Happy Magazine. Trina is 34, from Wexford and currently going through treatment for breast cancer. This is a post from her personal blog, all about her recent mastectomy. Trina gives lots of helpful…

Your Stories: John Leamy on the road to recovery after acute myeloid leukemia

John Leamy was 63 and living in Greece when a routine blood test revealed he had acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Here John tells us his story since his diagnosis in 2015, including treatment in Greece, returning home to Ireland and…

Your Stories: Teresa Costello on life after breast cancer

Today Teresa Costello, a breast cancer survivor, Breast Cancer Ireland Ambassador, blogger and moderator of online breast cancer support group Breast Friends, joins us to share her story and how she is finding life now, six years after her diagnosis.…

Fit for Life – Sarah Ní Riain on the Beacon Hospital’s exercise programme

This week we’re sharing some of the main features in Issue 2 of Happy Magazine here on our website, starting with our cover star interview with Beacon Hospital Cancer Survivor Sarah Ní Riain. Sarah spoke to us about the Hospital’s…

Your Stories: Tanya Turner on moving forward with life

A bone tumour back in 2007 eventually led to Tanya Turner having a full leg amputation. Today Tanya joins us to share her inspirational story on how she is moving forward with her life and her project to raise funds…

BEO Chat with Vicky Phelan

Irish wellness event BEO recently welcomed Vicky Phelan to their stage for an open and honest conversation with host Aoibhín Garrihy. It’s an inspiring conversation by a truly remarkable woman and well worth a watch.

Never Give Up: Chris’s journey with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Chris Proby has written for us a few times here on Happy Magazine and just recently wrote an update to his initial story for us. In it, Chris shares with us all the details of his diagnosis and treatment for…

What to do if your cancer comes back – First-hand advice from CBT Therapist Clare

This is one of the hardest articles I have ever written. It took me a long time to write because I kept putting it off. But I decided, with encouragement from Holly here at Happy Magazine, that it had to…

Jelle Damhuis on beating cancer twice and the Untire App

We’ve shared the Untire App here on Happy Magazine before – we love it. Developed to help beat cancer fatigue, we think it’s a really helpful tool for anyone going through cancer. Today, Jelle Damhuis joins us to tell his…

Cathy McCarthy on how cancer helped her find her passion in life

Last week we shared two books for a cancer journey by breast cancer survivor Cathy McCarthy. Today Cathy tells us how cancer led her on the unexpected path of writing books and finding her passion in life. Live each day…

Your Stories: Meg Wiley Curran on making every moment matter

In today’s post Meg Wiley Curran from Co Limerick shares her cancer journey and how she is focused on making every moment matter. Your name, age and where you’re from Meg Wiley Curran, age 39, living in Kilmallock, Co Limerick…

Would you like to write something for Happy Magazine?

Hello Happy Magazine Reader, Is there something that you’d like to share here on Happy Magazine? Are you currently going through cancer and would like to share your top tips for getting through treatment with others? Or, do you have…

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…

Your Stories: Zaneta Malkiewicz on perseverance against the odds

Today Zaneta Malkiewicz of cancer headwear business Hairless Beauty shares her astounding story of survival against the odds. Your name, age and where you’re from My name is Janetta, I’m 40 and I live in Dublin with my husband Tom…

Chris Proby on returning to work after cancer

We’re delighted to welcome Chris Proby back to Happy Magazine today to share the details of his first days back at work after his cancer experience. After three years away, Chris’s return to work has helped him realise just how far…

Your Stories: Jade McCann on making the most of every day

Today’s Reader’s Story is from 23-year-old Jade McCann. Jade is currently receiving treatment for Stage 4 PEComa, a type of sarcoma cancer, and she’s not letting anything hold her back. Here’s Jade’s story in her own words and how she’s making…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Your Stories: Natasha Whelehan on taking things one day at a time

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

Your Stories: Chris Proby on never giving up

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

Your Stories: Louise McSharry on the importance of allowing yourself to be cared for during cancer

Today I’m continuing our new feature on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of those of us who are…

Your Stories: Ger D’Arcy on how cancer has changed him for the better

I’m so delighted to start a brand new feature today on Happy Magazine called Your Stories. As the name suggests, it’s all about you and your cancer story. My aim with these is to shine a light on all of…