In an exclusive interview, international singing star, Daniel O’Donnell reveals how his wife is now on the road to recovery.
In July news of Majella O’Donnell being treated for breast cancer sent shockwaves across the nation.
In an emotional interview last week, the Kinncasslagh native said: “Thank God with early intervention and surgery the cancer is gone now and it is a matter of further treatment.”
He urged both men and women to have regular check-ups as it could save your life.
“However, there is hope and help for everybody and all I can say to people, both men and women is to have regular check-ups - these can be the difference between life and death,” he said.
He recalled the moment that he was told about Majella‘s illness. “It is one thing reading about cancer but it is a totally different and frightening thing when it hits your own family and the doctor delivers those words - ‘I’m sorry but your wife has breast cancer.’ It is probably one of the most numbing experiences a man can go through - you just feel helpless,” he said.
However, the singer did add a message of hope. “It can be beaten and I thank God that Majella is on the road to recovery.”
He thanked everyone who had sent him cards and messages during their difficult time.
“I know that Majella is going to be fine - it’s just so important to me that we will be together for a long, long time - the rest of our lives,” he said.
Majella wishes the star to continue touring this year.
“I am taking time out after this tour and taking a total break next year apart from the concerts in Killarney but we will be back on the road in 2015 strong as ever,” he said.
His thoughts were also with his mother who was ill recently.
“You also know that there are two women in my life - Majella and my mother Julia. Julia has recently been fighting her own battle and again, thank God, on the road to recovery,” he said.
He added that he missed her at his latest concert.