A Mayo woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery just as the country was in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic has decided to shave off her hair to help raise funds for breast cancer research.
Caroline Joyce began chemotherapy this week and has six months of various treatments ahead yet she is determined to do all she can in helping the National Breast Cancer Research Institute develop a microwave scan for early detection of cancers such as invasive lobular, which she was diagnosed with.
“My consultant described this cancer as growing in lines more than in lumps and is therefore more difficult to detect on a mammogram,” explained Caroline who had to undergo a full right breast mastectomy.
“I was one of the last people to get themselves checked at the mobile breast check unit in Castlebar before the Covid-19 restrictions were put in place so I was lucky in that regard.
“A lot of people have been afraid to get themselves checked because of the pandemic but I had to undergo surgery in the middle of it and have to say that the standard of care was very good. I’d appeal to everyone not to delay getting themselves checked,” she added.
Caroline, from Turlough, near Ballyvary, is the managing director of the Castlebar-based Cara International au-pair agency and in 2015 was named Mayo Businesswoman of the Year. She is also the founder of the Irish National Au Pair Association.
She will have her “long golden locks” shaved off on Facebook Live by her partner Chris at 7.30pm this coming Wednesday.
All proceeds from the live event will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Institute. For more information or to donate, click here.