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Anne gets priceless New Year gift

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 5:57pm

A Cork woman has been given the best gift possible with the news that her cancer is in remission.

Anne Herlihy from Charleville was diagnosed with terminal stage four ovarian cancer in September 2014 and had since been working through a bucket list while ill.

Speaking to Patricia Messinger on C103’s ‘Cork Today’ show this week, Anne said she received results on Christmas week which showed her cancer was in total remission.

She had recently begun taking a drug which recently became available on prescription from the HSE and had been feeling unwell, leading to fears her condition had been worsening.

“I wasn’t well at all the last couple of weeks, so I had my scan brought forward. They told me there was no evidence of cancer, and that I was in total remission. It was the very last thing I was expecting,” she said.

The medicine Anne takes is necessary to perform bodily functions such as transporting food from her throat to her stomach, killing any overheating in her system, and managing pain.

The new HSE-funded drug she takes, Olaparib, can cause side effects, many of which Anne was suffering from.

Anne said her family were equally shocked on hearing the fantastic news.

“My husband PJ and I were standing in the kitchen and we just didn’t even know what to say! I told my sons and they still don’t believe it.

“I’m not cured, but at the moment there is no evidence of disease. My granddaughter is making her communion in April and she was hopping up and down saying to me ‘I told you you’d be there for my communion!’”

Since her diagnosis Anne had been working through a bucket list of items including renewing her wedding vows with PJ, which she has already done. Another bucket list item was performing with singer Tommy Fleming and the pair went on to perform on ‘The Miriam O’Callaghan Show’ on RTÉ.

Fleming joined Anne on ‘Cork Today’ to voice his delight at the news. He said: “What a Christmas present. Anne was never defeated. She was always so positive all the way, and it’s just brilliant news.”

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