This week’s ‘Friday’s Child’ is the current council ‘Woman of the Year’ Deborah McGlinchey. Forty-one years-old Deborah is a member of ‘Bolt’ running club and the ‘Legenderry Cancer Research’ team in the city. She is mum to Shea, the eldest child of Maire and Frankie McGlinchey and older sister to Connor and Eoghan. Deborah who has twice survived breast cancer twice, first at the age of 36 and more recently aged 39, is to take part in ‘Slide On’ tomorrow.
How would you describe yourself?
Funny, loyal, positive, compassionate, warm, driven. Very much an extrovert and a chatterbox as anyone who knows me will confirm. However, most of all someone who thinks positively and is consistently setting goals and more importantly achieving them.
Happiest childhood memory
My grandparents played a huge role in my childhood and my happiest memory has to be getting into the car every weekend and travelling to Lisfannon Park in the Bogside to spend the weekend with my granny Tinney. She was one of the biggest role models in my life. Saturdays consisted of 10am Mass in St Eugene’s Cathedral followed by a tour of the local shops and long chats to anyone we met along the way.
Working in ‘Classicut’ hairdressers on Shipquay street.
Without a doubt ‘Shawshank Redemption’
Favourite tv programme
Strange one but I love ‘Storage Hunters’, I love seeing what people hoard as my granda was a hoarder! Also love ‘Cake Boss’ , (always thinking on my belly!)
‘Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about’
Favourite method of relaxation
Baking - my home economics teacher from school will probably have a good laugh at this. I have only taken it up recently but so far so good and I haven’t poisoned anyone as of yet.
Most embarrassing thing to happen to you
Leaving the doctor’s surgery with my son Shea and gettting into the wrong car, I turned around to find two passengers staring at me in fear. Needless to say Shea was doubled over outside the car laughing and I had a bit of explaining to do.
Worst thing to happen to you
My first diagnosis of breast cancer. It was the most surreal experience, not knowing what was ahead. I was thankful enough to have a lovely lady in the next bed to me in hospital on that occasion ‘Gerarda Clifford’ who talked me through everything, what to expect, the ins and outs of it, all the nitty gritty. We are still in contact five years later. By my second diagnosis I had learnt so much about the disease and the fact that there are more survivors than victims of it speaks volumes.
What is your greatest fear
Loosing my son Shea. In recent years my friend lost her son who was the same age as Shea and it was heartbreaking. I think it’s a natural thing in life to expect to bury a husband/wife/partner/parent but to have to bury your child is far from normal. I admire my friend’s courage and the way both she and her husband dealt with, and still deal with this difficult loss.
What has been the high point of your life
Without a doubt 14th October 2002, the birth of my one and only Shea. He is full of life and my ‘right arm’. A strong big fella both in character and physique.
How would you most like to be remembered
My granny Tinney is dead 28 years and I still meet people who speak fondly of her. I don’t ever think I will live up to her reputation but I would like to be remembered as someone who gave it her ‘all’ and did the best.
What is your most treasured possession
My relationship with my family and friends.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it
I would firstly pay off my mortgage, have a fab holiday and treat my family, then I would give a portion to cancer research in the hope that a cure for cancer is arrived at and a portion to the local hospice for the great work they do.
If you could be granted one wish in life what would you ask for
To spend a day with those who have passed away and see what lies ahead for me
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be
There hath passed away a ‘chatterbox’ from the earth, here lies the girl that never gave up.