Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer when she attended a breast check mammogram in the Orchid Centre in Cork University Hospital (CUH) in August 2019 on her doctor's referral.
Six weeks later, in September, Jennifer had a full mastectomy and the removal of sentinel nodes. She then went through a series of treatments including 6 months of chemotherapy and will be on hormone therapy for the next 5 to 10 years.
Before being diagnosed, Jennifer was head of events with Guaranteed Irish and before that she created and co founded Ireland's only Summer opera festival in her beloved adopted home of Lismore, County Waterford.
Jennifer is an advocate of Acupuncture as a treatment for the side effects of Breast Cancer Treatment and took part in a study for the SOLAS group which gained approval and recognition for acupuncture as an effective treatment. She is also a campaigner for more transparency and information regarding women's entitlements during cancer treatment including free bras and wigs.
During her treatment, Jennifer was approached by Theya Healthcare founder Ciara Donlon and was asked if she would be a brand Ambassador / Advocate for the Theya brand and products.
"I am genuinely, very proud to be an ambassador for such an authentic and socially conscious Irish brand. Plus I absolutely love my bamboo bras and underwear for so many reasons.
"My philosophy is to be as positive as you can be, when you can. Let off steam and be angry or sad, for a little bit, when you need to be, but most of all, always choose happy and appreciate and cherish all the good things in life and never again sweat the small stuff or waste time caring about things or people who bring you down. Also, if you can, give up the fags and cuddle animals more!"
We are delighted to announce that along with fellow Theya Ambassador, Emma Corcoran, Jennifer is working on a podcast/Insta TV series that aims to talk openly about taboo subjects surrounding big life events for women - including what happens during and after breast cancer, what to expect and how to navigate the menopause, and much much more - Together, Jennifer and Emma, who both have first hand experience of life with breast cancer and menopause and all the joy and pain that makes us women, will be busting myths, tackling taboos and providing practical tips to help other women who are going through the same things.
The series will be a supported and hosted by Theya Healthcare and is meant to be lighthearted, and at the same time a real forum where women can share their stories and learn all the insider info they need to get through what we as women need to get through and beyond. There will also be plenty of fun, guests and entertainment thrown into the mix.