Cork cancer survivor features in video urging public to keep vulnerable safe

Cork cancer survivor features in video urging public to keep vulnerable safe
Shannen Joyce is the face of the 2020 Daffodil campaign. “It’s so important to stay indoors and only go out when it’s necessary.”

Cancer patients are urging the public to adhere to restrictions put in place by the government in relation to Covid-19.

In a video released by the Irish Cancer Society, cancer patients and survivors pleaded with the public to follow guidelines on staying at home and to abide by social distancing in order to stop the spread of the virus and to keep them safe.

The video features Youghal native Shannen Joyce who, at just 25 years old, has beaten cancer twice and has come out the other side of a stem cell transplant she underwent in November of last year.

Just four months after her transplant, Ms Joyce, who was the face of this year's Daffodil Day, now finds herself in the midst of a pandemic where she must abide by strict rules in order to keep herself safe from the virus.

She has spoken out about the importance of adhering to the restrictions surrounding this virus and of the detrimental impacts that catching the virus could have on vulnerable people.

Ms Joyce previously told the Echo: “I fought very very hard in the last seven months, I've been away from my child in proper isolation in a hospital looking at four walls for three weeks to get my transplant.

“I have fought so hard through chemo and losing my hair and going through a battle of cancer again and I didn't do it for somebody to be ignorant about not following the HSE guidelines and going out and then they might make me sick.” She asked people to think about the vulnerable in the community and to be mindful of those with invisible underlying health conditions who may otherwise appear healthy.

“Just because somebody looks great and you see them out and about having their walk on their own, it doesn't mean that they wouldn't be impacted by this if they did catch it.

Twenty-five-year-old Shannen Joyce, during a chemo session, has beaten Hodgkins lymphoma twice.
Twenty-five-year-old Shannen Joyce, during a chemo session, has beaten Hodgkins lymphoma twice.

“Try to be a bit more mindful of those people in your community and know that they are there and they are vulnerable, it's not just the old or people with underlying issues that are visible. People do have underlying issues that you can't see.” 

Speaking about the video, Irish Cancer Society CEO, Averil Power, said: “We are urging people to follow the public health advice and help cancer patients avoid coronavirus by stopping the spread.

"These people have been through so much already and getting this virus could pose a very serious risk to their lives. We know it’s difficult to avoid going out but these are the faces and names of the people we’re collectively saving by doing so. Their lives matter.”

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