Paul Mescal’s mother Dearbhla has given an update on her cancer battle, after she was diagnosed with the illness in July last year.
The Normal People star, 27, spoke out about his mother’s battle earlier this year after his sister Nell first publicly addressed her illness in public, leading to Dearbhla offering regular updates to her followers on social media.
Dearbhla, a member of the Irish police force the An Garda Siochana, is fighting multiple myeloma, which is a type of bone marrow cancer that affects several areas of the body; such as the spine, skull, pelvis and ribs.
Taking to her Instagram stories, she revealed: ‘So I’ve just finished in the hospital…
‘I’ve to go for an MRI. Date to be confirmed, but that’s okay. Bloods done, all still really good numbers so very, very happy about that part. We’ll get to the root of the pain but it’s so wonderful to be cared for by this amazing team.’
Brave: Paul Mescal’s mother Dearbhla has given an update on her cancer battle, after she was diagnosed with the illness in July last year
Bittersweet: The Normal People star, 27, spoke out about his mother’s battle earlier this year after his sister Nell first publicly addressed her illness in public, leading to Dearbhla offering regular updates to her followers on social media
Once she returned home, she then took to her stories again, as seen by Mirror, to give further updates: ‘I’m home and feeling less anxious…
‘I know we will get to the root of it, which is really good. I’ve made my sandwich, I’ve lit the fire, I can see my roses and my birds and my tree and this is me.
‘I’m now going to settle and I hope for all of you that need to be heard that you get heard, that would be my hope for us all – that our voices are heard and if your voice can’t be heard that there is somebody advocating for you to be heard.’
She concluded the post with the words: ‘I think that is really important’.
On Sunday meanwhile, she again took to social media to share an inspiration post reading: ‘Random thoughts… Life is kinda like a dryer filled with clothes…’
‘if you imagine the clothes as your life all your thoughts, actions, deeds mixing,turning one way & another, in perfect rhythm. You get used to its white sound & then the disrupter…
‘A coin, a belt buckle hits the drum unrhythmical & causes things to go off balance… like cancer being thrust into your life. You have to find a new way to accept the discord. When the disrupter sent its alarm each of our children were away one filming, one beginning a brand new job, in a brand new country & one trying to establish her feet in the career of her dreams.
Proud: On Sunday meanwhile, she again took to social media to share an inspiration post reading: ‘Random thoughts… Life is kinda like a dryer filled with clothes’
‘There was or is never a good time for this news but in it went to each of our dryers … clinking at the drum disrupting our personal journeys with its constant unease. In that initial time we touched base, I shared & they cared…
‘My life when in hospital was one of acceptance, being present & fighting hard. They were helpless & mindful & filled with the need to be able to do more…
‘There won’t be a moment for a while for us all to be together to unfold & put away this dryer load so how blessed am I to know their friends, mentors & amazing humans that form a part of each of my children’s lives are hearing, listening & helping them unfold…
‘How blessed am I to have the friends I have who are willing to understand unanswered calls, unreplied to texts does not mean you don’t matter but that I know you know you matter, that I see you & life will return to factory settings shortly!…
Positive: Addressing the diagnosis herself on social media, Dearbhla told her followers that she was starting to ‘live with cancer’
Support: Back in January, Paul’s Oscar nomination came at the same time as Deabhla began preparing to undergo chemotherapy treatment
‘Those friends who get that what me & mine are doing right now is navigating without a map in a place we never expected to be with the belt buckle bouncing off the dryer drum inharmoniously…
‘The joy I know at the end of this load of laundry is that belt buckles or no belt buckles I /we have found a way to dance & move through because standing still is not an option & although this cancer is with me forever more …
‘It can walk with me but I am leading the way. I have many adventures I want to be a part of, dreams yet to come true. Today? Well today I find joy in being able, that whatever energy I have today will move me towards tomorrow’.
Back in January, Paul’s Oscar nomination came at the same time as Deabhla began preparing to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
Update: Nell told in a tweet just after the news of his award nod broke that their mum Dearbhla had got her hair cut in preparation for the sessions
Nell told in a tweet just after the news of his award nod broke that their mum Dearbhla had got her hair cut in preparation for the sessions.
The singer-songwriter wrote: ‘My mum got a haircut today in prep for her chemotherapy and then Paul got nominated for an Oscar life is so crazy.’
”I know what’s ahead because I have been informed by my wonderful team and I want to be ready so that when I’m in the hospital I’m only concentrating on that battle.
She wrote: ‘I have decided that I am going to cut my hair short today – as a first cut and then the next cut will be the short, short, short cut – the hospital short cut…
‘I know what’s ahead because I have been informed by my wonderful team and I want to be ready so that when I’m in the hospital I’m only concentrating on that battle. This is the final stage for me to start living with this cancer.’
What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a cancer that begins to form in bone marrow.
While plasma cells ordinary help the body fight infection, in people with multiple myeloma the cells that live inside soft marrow rapidly develop to cause tumors in hard marrow.
As it causes the tough bone to weaken it makes it difficult to develop good blood cells and platelets.
There is no cure for the rare form of blood cancer.
As the second most common cancer in the United States, approximately 30,000 African Americans are diagnosed with multiple myeloma each year. Unexplainably, black people are twice more likely to develop the disease than white people.
Some medical experts believe that occupational exposure can play a part in developing the disease. Sufferers with jobs that expose people to petroleum, herbicides, heavy metals and an extensive list of other things have a higher likelihood or developing the blood cancer.
Most people who suffer from the disease are over 45 years old (96 percent). Over 65s are 63 percent of the group.
Men are more likely to have multiple myeloma.
Those with a family history of it are four times more at risk. People considered obese are also at higher risk.
Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) has also been linked.
While MGUS – the development of abnormal monoclonal protein produced by white blood cells – can be considered unproblematic, some have linked it to multiple myeloma.
Strong cancer treatments such as surgery, radiation therapy, stem cell transplants and various drugs can help those living with multiple myeloma live a longer life.
Complications can include anemia, kidney failure, dangerously high levels of calcium in the blood, organ infection and fractures or a loss of movement.
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