A young mum from Malahide who had a ‘miracle’ baby after cancer is the face of the 2019 Daffodil Day fundraising campaign.
Sarah Murray (36) is sharing her story to raise awareness and help the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) reach its €4 million target on March 22 to meet demand for its services.
Having been diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015 a year after giving birth to daughter Sadie (5), Sarah’s first concern was whether she could have more kids.
She was not given the option of freezing her eggs because she needed to start chemotherapy straight away. This was followed by a mastectomy and radiotherapy.
Sarah then put her reconstruction on hold and became pregnant with her second baby, Sean, who was born last June.
She revealed: “I am a young mother who had a baby after cancer and I want to give a message of hope to other people affected by cancer.”
During her treatment, Sarah used some of the ICS’ services including nurses at the Daffodil Centre in Beaumont and the online community.
She said: “I used to go into them on my way to my chemotherapy to have a chat and they were always so nice and helpful.
“After my treatment I suffered a lot with depression and anxiety. People expect you to be over it once treatment has finished, but for me that’s when the reality of what I had gone through hit me.
“Talking is so important, because recovery isn’t just physical, it’s mental too. Having a listening ear, someone who understands, is such a great help.”
Sarah says Sean is a happy, healthy and active seven-month-old and Sadie loves having a little brother to look after.
Daffodil Day 2019 is proudly supported by Boots Ireland and takes place on March 22. You can volunteer at www.cancer.ie or donate on the day.