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Three years before I came to Purple House, I was diagnosed with Squamous cell carcinoma at the base of the tongue and in the right side of my neck.

At that time, I was also diagnosed with a separate cancer in kidney. They decided to deal with the major cancer first and that kicked the hell out of me. They fitted me with a peg before I started the treatment because they knew I was going to be tube fed. I ended up in hospital half way through and after I finished, I was in hospital for three months. Three months after I came out, I then had to go back in to a different hospital to get the kidney done. So I didn’t get a chance to recover and after that recovery took three years. It was three years that I was in and out of hospitals; mentally I was a basket case. I asked myself “Why am I here? What’s this? Three years and I’m still not recovered.

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Please see our new January 2018 class timetable below. Please click on image to view. If you wish to book for any class, please contact us on 012866966 or email info@purplehouse.ie

To download the timetable click here Classes Timetable Spring 2018 Preliminary

 
 

Thanks to your support, we have helped 184 families so far this year through the services provided in our Cancer Support Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow and outreach support service in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin.

Christmas can be a very difficult time for anyone affected by Cancer and there are a number of ways in which you can support our work.

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As part of our support programmes for children and teenagers affected by Cancer, we are holding two separate events during the Halloween Mid term break.

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We are delighted to launch our 2017 Christmas Card selection.
This year’s cards are by a range of local photographers including Tony Brierton, Aidan Flynn & Oisin Mcfarland Smith.
We are also delighted to announce that two of the images are by Aoife McNulty who has shared her own Cancer experience with us below.
The cards are now on sale in our online shop here:
https://www.shop-purplehouse.ie/product/christmas-cards/ 

Read Aoife’s story below…

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Can you help us by signing our petition and sharing it with your family & friends?

Despite unprecedented demand on our daily services we receive only 20% of our day to day funding from the HSE. We rely almost entirely on donations and fund raising events to survive.

We are calling on the HSE and the Minister for Health Simon Harris to provide sustainable funding to enable us to keep up with the demand on our Services.

Sign our Petition to the Minister for Health & HSE HERE

There are 150,000 Cancer survivors in Ireland.
1 in 4 Cancer survivors have physical/psychological consequences following treatment.

By 2020 1 in 20 people will be a Cancer survivor.

In 2016 more than 1,200 People visited Purple House Cancer Support Centre in Bray and Outreach Support service in Dun Laoghaire for vital Cancer Support Services.

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As part of Dun Laoghaire Festival of Inclusion, Purple House Cancer Support will be holding a public information talk on our Cancer Support Services in the Community on Tuesday October 10th at 11am in The Dun Laoghaire Club, Eblana Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

All are welcome to learn more about the services available to families and individuals affected by Cancer in the Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas. (more…)

 
 

Our 18th Annual Lugnaquilla Challenge takes place on Sunday 3rd September.

Join us and experienced leaders as we climb Leinster’s highest mountain and help us to support families affected by Cancer in Ireland.

Choice of two walks: Lug Summit Walk (5-6 hours) and leisurely Nature Walk (2-3 hours)

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Purple House Cancer Support are members of the HPV Alliance, which was launched on the 9th August 2017.  The HPV Vaccination Alliance is a group of organisations that have come together to sign a contract against cancer, specifically HPV-related cancers.
Recent media coverage shows a fall-off in uptake of the HPV vaccine, which is offered to first-year second level school girls each year. The vaccine protects against strains of the HPV virus which cause seven in ten of all cases of cervical cancer, as well as a number of other cancers that affect men and women.
The HPV Vaccination Alliance has been set up ahead of the new school year and will see organisations from the health, children’s and women’s sectors come together to encourage everyone to look at the facts surrounding this life-saving vaccine.

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Representatives of Purple House Cancer Support attend the launch of the new National Cancer Strategy by Minister Simon Harris in Iveagh House Dublin on Wednesday 5th July.

The Strategy sets out the framework for the treatment and support of Cancer patients in Ireland for the period 2017-2026

Community based charity Purple House Cancer Support have been heavily involved in helping to shape the community support services aspect of the Strategy which highlights the important role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the psycho-social support of the Cancer patient.

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