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!
So glad it was such a great night for you – you just look so amazingly good and well and super gorgeous – with and without the wig!!! Thanks so much for inviting us – though we couldn’t stay long, it was lovely to be a part of celebration YOU and getting well… xox
Was so chuffed you two made it was very special for me xx
So happy it was a good night for you and so well deserved . I think I may of seen you in Bewleys hotel yesterday ? I was meeting my mum there for lunch . She is also going through chemo for breast cancer . We were hopeing to introduce ourselves but we couldn’t find you then ! Maybe it wasn’t you ?! I wish you all the luck in the world for the rest if your journey . You are an inspiration !
Ahhhh thats a shame – yes it was us we were there till around 1.30 maybe! What a pity. Hope she is doing well – tell her if she wants a chat she knows where to get me!
Delighted you all had a great night, hopefully I will make it to the next one. Best of luck with operation.
Thanks a million xx
Thanks again for a great night and it was a pleasure to finally meet you! Sorry we missed the speech, not to mention the bopping which was getting underway when we were leaving – had to leave that to the “young ones”! lol Great blog as usual xx
Am I repeating myself? lol
Thanks Emer was so GREAT to finally “really” meet you – looking forward to seeing you at Dip n the Nip
Great to finally meet you also Dee in the “flesh” as it were! Not saying anything about Dip n the Nip
Well done Dee great writing as usual. Paul had a great time, sorry I missed it, but hopefully will be at the next one. Best of luck next week, you will be in the hands of a wonderful plastic surgeon. Talk soon. M xx
Thanks Michelle – was graet to get to meet Paul – thanks for wishes xx
Great night Dee thanks so much
Good luck for next week – no bother to you – you a tough cookie – look how far you’be come – and all with a smile – amazing! Xorla
Thanks a million for coming Orla was brilliant to see you xx
I am so excited that you had such a wonderful night and that so many people showed up to celebrate with you!!!! You have earned it, and you deserve it! Awesome!!! Keep us posted on your progress!
Lorraine your a star thanks a million and yes absolutely will keep you updated x
Deirdre Sorry to have missed the big night as we were away! but we won’t miss the next one.
Great looking at all the familiar faces looks like you all a fantastic time. I will be thinking of you over the coming weeks and the only way is up! and you have the right attitude.
Take care of yourself
Hi anne – dont worry the next one will be bigger and better!!! You would have enjoyed all the craic we had! Thanks for the best wishes xx
You look so pretty! If I lived in your area, I would’ve been another facebook friend who showed up. Would’ve loved to celebrate with you. Keep loving and living life!