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PremierLeague-News.Com - Denise Kenny Byrne, 36, from Dublin, faced her world falling apart when hubby Ciaran, 41, was diagnosed with cancer just days after their honeymoon
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A couple have revealed their devastation after receiving a shock cancer diagnosis just days after their honeymoon. Newlyweds Ciaran and Denise Kenny Byrne's bliss was shattered just forty eight hours after they returned from the trip of a lifetime in South Africa and the Maldives. Ciaran, 41, had reported feeling short of breath while climbing a mountain on holiday and decided to get it checked out. PR manager Denise, 36, explained: "I was so happy I never dreamed something sinister was around the corner. A check-up at the doctor led to the shock diagnosis. (Image: Denise Kenny Byrne) Read More Related Articles Get the Scottish news that matters to you sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles 'I was seconds from death' Man headbutted on to Glasgow subway hits out as thug avoids jail "But when we walked up a mountain during the honeymoon, Ciaran got out of breath. "I joked, 'This is what happens at your age!' I was pleased he booked a doctor’s check-up for our return home but I wasn’t worried. "I thought it was a viral infection, or work and wedding-planning stress. "He went for a full health screening two days after our honeymoon and they told him they’d ring in two weeks with the results. "But two hours later, while we were sitting on the sofa with a cuppa, the clinic called." Ciaran battled through six months of gruelling treatment. (Image: Denise Kenny Byrne) Read More Related Articles Former Scotland defender hires underworld heavies to get back cash lost in oil industry scam Ciaran was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, an advanced blood cancer. "It was devastating. We just sat together and cried and cried," said Denise. The couple had gone from their "dream" wedding to discussing end of life care within a matter of weeks. Denise explained: "The cancer was at such a critical level, he was lucky to be alive. "They said within three weeks, we would possibly have to talk about end-of-life care. Read More Related Articles Sir Rod Stewart hires £20 tribute act 'Rud Stewart' to sing for son's birthday in hilarious gag "Ciaran wanted to go home to digest the news but he had to stay in hospital overnight and begin chemotherapy the very next day. "He remained in hospital for the next 30 days. "It wasn’t easy to stay upbeat but we tried to focus on what we could control rather than what we couldn’t. "So we made his room really lovely, with nice bed covers and photos everywhere – like his own little apartment." Denise and Ciaran's first Valentine's Day as a couple in 2019 was spent in hospital. The couple decided to go into business together following Ciaran's recovery. (Image: Denise Kenny Byrne) Read More Related Articles Virus claims the lives of devoted couple Denise said: "I’d always imagined our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple would be full of romance and passion. "Instead found myself lying on a hospital bed next to my husband Ciaran, who was going through chemotherapy. "Sweetly, he’d still managed to get me a balloon and a teddy with some help from the nurses. "When he was first admitted to hospital, I slept on the chair next to him. When the nurses realised I’d never leave him at night, they set up a mattress on the floor. "But for this special night, they went even further and moved an extra bed into his private room – he had been given his own room because he was susceptible to infection. Read More Related Articles Pals of Scots mum found dead raising cash for her three children to pay for funeral as man charged with murder "We held hands through the night. It definitely wasn’t what I imagined when I said 'I do', but we were handling it all as a team, as we always did.
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. She deserved this grand gesture. Seeing her walk down the aisle to me was the best moment of my life. "I imagined going all out for our first married Valentine’s Day. Seeing Denise lying next to me in a hospital bed was a horrible way to spend it. "I felt guilty. She told me not to be silly. We encouraged each other to stay positive."
Six months of intensive treatment followed, including 60 individual rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant from Ciaran's brother. Denise was determined to believe in the treatment, she said: "I never allowed myself to imagine losing him. I concentrated on the happy ending. "And after six gruelling months that’s what we were lucky enough to achieve. "We were beyond ecstatic. I believed he’d get better and he did. The one thing that helped me cope and stay positive at this toughest of times was journaling, including writing gratitude lists and goals." As Ciaran recovered, the couple began to plan their hopes for the future.
The couple have launched The Head Plan Journal
(Image: Denise Kenny Byrne)
Denise explained: "When Ciaran got better, we realised we wanted to go into business together, not be on separate paths. We were career-obsessed before. The experience made us totally re-evaluate our lives. "So The Head Plan journal was born, which is a notebook with prompts to make goals and reflect, and we hope it helps others feel happy and in control, no matter what’s going on. "Ciaran’s shock diagnosis was horrific. But it made us realise what was truly important – and that’s a lesson we’ll never forget." Ciaran added: "I am so grateful my brother was a match for the stem-cell transplant. It’s given me a very good long-term outlook.
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The initial period after a transplant has risks but now I’m at a point where I have check-ups once every six months. "I turned 40 during the treatment, so we had a belated party. "Not long after, Covid-19 happened. It would have been easy to despair with all the restrictions. "But we’ve had to practise what we preach in the journals. We hope they can help others like they helped us." The Head Plan, a guided wellness journal to keep you inspired, motivated and focused, is available at theheadplan.com, priced at £32
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