Dympna Watson

Dympna Watson

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the relatively young age of 43. I attended what is now a specialist breast centre for my diagnosis, surgery and treatment.

I became aware of Europa Donna Ireland while talking with my breast care nurse. As I was experiencing some difficulty in receiving a breast prosthesis and bras because I did not qualify for a medical card, her advice was to contact Europa Donna Ireland for further information. This led me to join Europa Donna Ireland as a member, and then the Europa Donna Ireland committee in 2005.

I feel that it is important that those of us who have had the experience of breast cancer either personally, or with someone close to us, should give our voice to ongoing issues around breast cancer in Ireland. Like many women I had preconceived ideas of what breast cancer is and its impact on a woman’s life but quickly realised that even things we take for granted can seem so difficult to achieve when you’re unwell. Something as essential as getting a prosthesis can be a struggle if you don’t know your entitlements, as I discovered.

Since becoming involved with Europa Donna Ireland I’ve learned so much more about breast cancer and the varying experiences of it by women in Ireland and Europe. Such knowledge encourages me to continue to try to make a difference for other women as an advocate for Europa Donna Ireland.

Dympna Watson