'I wouldn't be here today without cancer research' - Newbridge woman Stephanie Powell

Daffodil Day takes place this Friday

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'I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for cancer research' - Newbridge woman Stephanie Powell

Stephanie Powell

A Newbridge woman, who said she wouldn't be here today without cancer research, is urging people to donate this Daffodil Day, March 23.

Stephanie Powell was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2011.

While the news was “devastating” and it was a long road to recovery, Stephanie said it was her attitude that kept her strong.

“My own attitude, my own positivity that I was going to beat this and it’s just not going to get me”, Stephanie told the Leader.

Stephanie went through two operations, three months of chemotherapy, and seven weeks of radiotherapy.

Three years ago, she set up a cancer survivors walking group in Newbridge.

“I do feel that keeping active is a very important part of your recovery. Now not a lot of people out there can get out and walk, it takes a while to get over your treatment. So I started the group for the people in Newbridge that were interested in it.

“It’s not just the exercise, you have contact with somebody who has gone through the same diagnosis, so that’s very important,” Stephanie added.

She was first the face of Daffodil Day in 2016, and was thrilled to be asked again for 2018.

“I felt very privileged. Daffodil Day is a very important day, the people of Ireland are absolutely brilliant, they come out and they give their time and their energy to collect much-needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

“To have night nurses, palliative care, to say just but a few, and research. I’m an absolute advocate of research.

“I wouldn’t be here today without cancer research, because it’s coming up with new drugs and new treatment all the time.

“My word to everybody is please if it’s only 10c put it in the bucket because even 10c helps.”

Stephanie message for people who have recently been diagnosed is to mind yourself.

“Keep your heart, keep focusing on yourself, don’t push yourself, don’t judge yourself, be good to yourself and take everyday as it comes. Don’t Google! That’s a very important thing.”

Stephanie felt it was important to share her story.

“To hear from somebody that has gone through the journey that they’re on, it gives them hope and without hope you have nothing.”

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