A young Ballinrobe mother has this week begun the battle of her life.
27-year-old Shannon McDonald had her first round of chemotherapy on Tuesday last having been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Last March, Shannon felt what she thought was a lump under her left arm. Despite several medical appointments, it wasn’t until October she had a biopsy taken from the lymph nodes under her arm. A devastating cancer diagnosis followed. Further tests to her lymph nodes indicated the cancer had spread to her neck and underarm.
Despite this tough news, Shannon, with her partner Johnny O’Hare beside her, will fight her cancer and is determined she will continue on for the sake of their beautiful daughter, Alanna, who recently celebrated her fifth birthday.
Shannon’s friend, Lizzie Ord said anyone who knows her will know how loving, kind-hearted and selfless she is. “I am in awe of how strong and brave she has been through all of this. Shannon and Johnny’s main concern at the moment is trying to keep everything as normal as possible for their daughter. I know Johnny and the couple’s immediate family are doing everything they can to maintain ‘normal’ day to day life for Alanna. I can’t even begin to imagine how they are all feeling, watching someone they love going through something so heartbreaking.”
With this in mind, Lizzie set up a fundraising page to assist in what is already a terribly difficult time for the family. “As all of us sadly know, trips to the hospital for appointments, treatment and all the other stuff that goes alongside it can be very expensive. I know we can’t do anything to take away what is happening to Shannon, but in donating even a small amount, it will help with the big things later in her journey to battle through and beat this cancer.”
Appealing for help for Shannon and her little family, Lizzie said: “These next few weeks and months are going to be a very worrying time. So please, I ask you, let’s all pull together and take one less worry away for her.”
To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ev8qqk-help-shannon-fight-cancer