Donegal singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell has spoken of his wife’s battle with breast cancer and of his relief that she is now on the road to recovery.
Last month news that Majella O’Donnell, who married the Donegal singer in 2002, was being treated for breast cancer sent shockwaves across Ireland.
However in an emotional interview with the ‘Donegal Democrat’ this week Daniel said: “Thank God with early intervention and surgery the cancer is gone now and it is a matter of further treatment.”
He urged both men and women to have regular check-ups as it “could save your life.”
“There is hope and help for everybody and all I can say to people, both men and women is to have regular check-ups - these can be the difference between life and death,” he said.
He recalled the moment that he was told about Majella‘s illness. “It is one thing reading about cancer, but it is a totally different and frightening thing when it hits your own family and the doctor delivers those words - ‘I’m sorry but your wife has breast cancer.’ It is probably one of the most numbing experiences a man can go through - you just feel helpless,” he said.
However, the singer did add a message of hope. “It can be beaten and I thank God that Majella is on the road to recovery.”
He thanked everyone who sent him cards and messages during their difficult time.
“I know that Majella is going to be fine - it’s just so important to me that we will be together for a long, long time - the rest of our lives,” he said.
Majella (52) wishes the star to continue touring this year.
“I am taking time out after this tour and taking a total break next year apart from the concerts in Killarney but we will be back on the road in 2015 strong as ever,” he said.
His thoughts were also with his mother who was ill recently.
“You know that there are two women in my life - Majella and my mother Julia. Julia has recently been fighting her own battle and again, thank god, is on the road to recovery,” he said.
He added that he missed his mother at his latest concert in Bundoran.
“You know this is the first time my mother hasn’t made it to the concert here in Bundoran.
“She is only recently out of hospital but I am delighted to say she is making a wonderful recovery.
“We are keeping the seat warm for her because no doubt she will be back knitting the socks and scarves and rearing to go in the not too distant future.”