Well time to celebrate nuking the tumours! Venue the Goat Grill at 8.30 on 13th April – well what can I say but WHAT A NIGHT!!
Booked into a local hotel as folks house had the kids we got dressed and down for a quick drink. While there Eilish and Kerri glued my nails on (as I have none) my daughter Katie glued my eyelashes on earlier (as have none of those either). We all hopped into a taxi Jonas, Eilish, Kerri and myself. Rocked up to the Goat and into the Anvil room at 8.30 awaiting people! Nothing more nervous than sitting at your own party waiting for people to arrive. Every time the door opened we were like, okay this is someone but it was the barman or something. The DJ arrived (fabulous guy and DJ) I went up to introduce myself and said “I am Deirdre I am the person holding the party” he said “Happy Birthday” I said “No it’s not my birthday I have cancer” the poor guy didn’t know where to look then I explained that it was a Cancer Party after finishing chemo – he said he had never done one of those before, told him to add it to his CV!!
People filed in quickly enough to say I felt the most privileged girl in the world is an understatement. Friends filed in first was a great school friend Kerensa and then on loads of people arrived. People who I have never even met apart from Facebook that I was so delighted to meet like Emer and her lovely husband Bruce, Tim (my chemo buddy with the orange crocks and his wife Michelle), the lovely lady Anne Redmond who I have also never met and made the effort to come by herself to this party and did not know anyone. To these people in particular I salute you – you seriously made my night to make the effort! Talking about effort my cousin Kerri Featherstone came all the way from the USA for the event!!!
What can I say I just had a ball people were there that I havent seen in years like my great buddy Karen Meagan (eight years is way too long) and just so many other people just too long a list to mention – Dympna, Ian, Pat, Mauley, Debbie, Ed, Sharon, Jim, Alan, Grainne, Catherine, Mark and on and on and on all who I havent seen in donkeys. Also my great friend Eileen was celebrating here birthday so we had two things to party for!
I was just blown away and can’t describe the feeling that so many people turned up who have helped me so much over the last few months. I seriously take so much out of all your friendships and support you will honestly never know just how much it all means to me!
Then the music really started and I went up and made a speech and my brother Colly came up and said a few words. Only thing I had planned and forgot to do was do what Samantha did in Sex and the City (when she had breast cancer) while making the speech say “fuck its hot” and throw off my wig – I was raging. However I threw it off on the dance floor a while later and it felt fan fucking tastic – I was roasting!!!!
I’ve never danced so much and we all went nuts on the dance floor with the usual piggy in the middle dances, arms over arms dances, a train and loads of head banging. I swear my feet were on fire after it and was ordering water instead of vodka (that must be a first).
Hope you enjoy the photos folks. A huge thanks to Marie McGarvey who went around all night to take photos and she was the last to leave – thanks Marie!!!
Has to have been one of the best nights of my life way better than my 21st, 30th and 40th (wow am I over 40?)
Thanks from the bottom of my heart it was truly amazing being on the dance floor with all my friends new and old and them all being so happy that I have done so well through this chemo crap – ooops getting misty eyed must post this before I get the hanky out!
Morning after photo I was left with my memories and the below!