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#Mycancerstory: The most powerful story on Twitter today

Aileen O’Toole co-founded the Sunday Business Post and is MD of Amas internet consultancy. Today, she shared the biggest challenge of her life so far.

Aileen O'Toole shared her year of battling cancer on Twitter this afternoon.
Aileen O'Toole shared her year of battling cancer on Twitter this afternoon.
Image: Aileen O'Toole via Twitter.com

THIS MIGHT BE the most moving series of tweets you will read today.

Aileen O’Toole, co-founder of the Sunday Business Post and Amas, created a personal Twitter account on Thursday evening. Today, she began telling the story of her “year from hell” – using the hashtag #mycancerstory.

Aileen was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1994. The Sunday Business Post was a struggling start-up, she had two small children and a 60/40 chance of survival, according to her doctors. She did, however, survive and even conceived a baby girl although she had been told that her severe chemotherapy treatment had rendered her infertile.

“Fast forward to Nov 2011″, as Aileen tweets, and another health crisis rears its head…

We’ll let Aileen tell the rest of the story in the tweets featured below. (We have her permission to reproduce them here for you to read.)

She decided to highlight the importance of being aware of changes in your body by sharing her story via social media today:

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Aileen would also like to highlight details of a charity cliff walk taking place between Bray and Greystones on Sunday, 16 September in aid of Professor John Crown‘s Cancer Clinical Research Trust.

She said: “It’s a fun day out & ends up with a BBQ in the Glen View hotel.  Visit the Facebook page, Cliff Walk ccrt page or email cliffwalk12@gmail.com for details.

“The organisers need to know by this Tuesday how many walkers they’ll have, as they need to organise buses and numbers for the BBQ. I plan to walk or crawl. If you’d like to sponsor me or offer a corporate donation please contact me on charitywalk@amas.ie“.

  • Aileen O’Toole has acted as a strategic adviser to TheJournal.ie on recruitment, public affairs and editorial. As her colleagues and friends, we’d also like to wish Aileen the best of luck, health and plenty more staycations to come.

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