Majella O’Donnell, who captured the heart of the nation, has said that her fight against depression was more difficult then her battle with cancer.
Majella was speaking with Gay Byrne on his “Meaning of Life” programme which airs on RTE this Sunday and which features very deep and candid interviews.
She told Gay in the one to one interview: “Depression is far worse than cancer - you can whack cancer with chemotherapy.
“Depression is like being in the bottom of a well, a very deep well. Like being hundreds of feet down and I’m looking up at people looking down at me and I can’t reach the top.”
Majella, who has two grown-up children from her first ‘whirlwind’ marriage, realised “things weren’t right” after the birth of her second child. She said, “When my son, Michael, was six months old, I learnt that not only was my husband having an affair then but that he slept with somebody else the night before we were married.
“I was devastated. I was suffering from depression then but I didn’t know it,”
Majella attended her GP who diagnosed her with clinical depression and prescribed medication which she is still on.
Earlier this week Majella and Daniel posted video footage from their villa in the sun on Facebook with ‘Greetings from Tenerife’, the place they first met and the place where her late father had a pub.
During the interview beside the couple’s swimming pool, she speaks highly of her “evolved” husband throughout the show, saying she envies his beliefs.
“He’s not egotistical, he’s very giving. Daniel’s a very simple person, he has a simple faith, he doesn’t question, I do. I envy him that.”