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Marcella Holland's Inspiring Cancer Journey

Local lady Marcella Holland, who many will know from her career in the Carrigaline Court Hotel, has been going through a remarkable chapter of her life in battling cancer. Here, she kindly shares her story and gives hope to those going through health struggles.

Hi everyone,

Well where do I start? Firstly a bit about myself. I was born & brought up in London, by Irish parents & I moved to Cork 30 years ago, living in Riverstick, then Carrigaline & now finally living in Minane Bridge.

I have 4 children, Rachel 30, T.J 26, Danielle 25 & Tommy 14 and not forgetting my granddaughter Ciara, who is 1 years old and my husband Steve Spooner, who has been my rock, helping me these last few months.

Some of you may know me from working at the Carrigaline Court Hotel Leisure Centre for over 20 years now, starting out as a Lifeguard, then a Swim Coach & also one of the Duty Managers in the club. I love the Carrigaline Court Hotel and it is a great place to work and since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, everyone - managers Jerry and Keith and staff, have all supported me which has made a huge difference.

I went for a routine mammogram, my first one ever, on Thursday 10th October 2019. It was a breast check in the mobile unit behind Collins SuperValu, Carrigaline. I only went in for the mammogram as my appointment was at 1pm, my usual time for a lunch break, so I decided I might as well, otherwise I wouldn’t have bothered! When you turn 50, you get sent an appointment for your first mammogram. It took about half an hour & the staff were very nice & I went back to work after.

The following Monday, I received a letter to tell me I had a follow-up appointment in Breast Check, Cork, regarding my mammogram results, for Tuesday 22nd October.

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