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Competition for tickets to Ballet Ireland's show, Bold Moves.  

I have two tickets to giveaway for opening night of Ballet Ireland's new show, Bold Moves. The show is a triple-bill of exhilarating and dynamic choreography by internationally renowned choreographers Christopher Bruce, Marguerite Donlon, and Filipe Portugal.

To enter, go to my Instagram and follow myself and @balletireland and tag who you would bring with you. The closing date is 9 am Thursday 14th. I will be announcing the winner on my Instagram account.

I'm very excited to attend the show myself after getting a chance to watch some of the rehearsals last week. I was so moved by what I saw.

If you don't win the competition and would like to buy tickets, you can book them from balletireland.ie or takeyourseats.ie

 

Royal's Next Door - new episodes on RTÉ 

Royals Next Door is a new animated comedy series about a royal family who decide to downsize and live a 'normal' life. The series produced by Finnish-Spanish studio Pikkukala, together with Ireland’s Ink and Light and Belgium’s Walking the Dog, premiered on RTÉ last November. The 52-episode comedy series for kids 7-12 was created by Veronica Lassenius.

I had so much fun in the recording studio voicing Mrs. Oh (and some other smaller roles). The show is back on RTÉ 2 at 9.10am on weekday mornings with new episodes. 

You can also watch the show on the RTÉ player on their site and through the app.

Royals Next Door Klara McDonnell cast

 

Soul Light Cards 

Thank you so much to Debbie (at Soul Light Cards) who sent me this beautiful handmade inspirational card. I love it. 

She sends them to cancer thrivers and survivors asking for no money in return. It's a wonderful gesture. I love that mine says dance! I'm not a great dancer at all but one of my things to do to up my vibration is put on my go to happy music and dance around a room. 

In other news, I got a phone call from my breast care nurse at Waterford Hospital. I recently had an ultrasound as I have weird hard tissue on both of my boobs. It turns out it's just scar tissue. Woohoo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to going behind the scenes at Bold Moves! 

This month I will be going to watch Ballet Ireland's exhilarating and dynamic new show, Bold Moves in the O'Reilly Theatre. The show is a triple bill of contemporary work with choreography by internationally renowned choreographers Christopher Bruce, Marguerite Donlon and Filipe Portugal. I'll also be going to the rehearsals to film some behind-the-scenes footage! 

For a short period in my life, I wanted to be a ballerina (I was 7) and attended classes for a while. I had dreadful balance (which has gotten better over the years through doing yoga) and my concentration/focusing skills didn't help, so I didn't attend the classes for very long. I really did love that tutu, my mam customized it with the sequins (I always had to be a bit EXTRA) and in the photo I wearing it for a school thing. Anyway, I still have deep admiration for the discipline/training that goes into ballet dancing and my deep respect for this art form has always stayed. 

Bold Moves 2022 will be live at the O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, Dublin Saturday, April 16th, Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd at 7:30pm. 

You can book tickets by calling (01) 518 0599 or visiting takeyourseats.ie.

 

Tickets for the O’Reilly Theatre range from €25 -€32.50 (plus booking fees). 

Queenager Get Glam Makeup Box 

A few weeks ago, I was gifted the new Journey Skincare and Beauty by Rhona Cullinan luxury gift set, the Queenager Get Glam Makeup Box. 

This perfect gift contains amazing professional makeup brushes, a matching pink makeup bag, and two sets of false eyelashes – Super Natural and Super Glam.

The 15 professional brushes are super soft and from sculpting contours to blending and defining, this set has you covered. I am happy to report that they are vegan, cruelty-free and not tested on animals. 

The set is so gorgeous that it has encouraged me to make more of an effort with my makeup again. 

To buy the Queenager Get Makeup Box and any other products from Journey Skincare and Beauty, go to the website. 

journeyskincareandbeauty.com

You can get 10 percent off your order with my code klara10.

 

Journey skincare and beauty  

 

Journey Skincare and Beauty is a new Irish skincare brand that launched this weekend. Irish makeup artist Rhona Cullinan alongside a Kilkenny cosmetic company, who are passionate about producing chemical-free products, developed this range of natural healing skincare products. The products are not only suitable for people going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments but also for those who have extreme skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis and results have shown they even help with the healing of scars. 

I tried some of the products out while I was doing my radiation treatments. I was lucky that I had very few side effects from radiation (I only had 20 sessions). On the final week and the week that followed, I did have redness and was very itchy. I used their salve on my chest area and under my arms and it really helped. I have suffered from eczema on my right foot, ankle and hip, on and off for years. The salve cleared up an outbreak within days and strangely enough, I haven't had another outbreak since. The moisturising cream is seriously good for dry skin, as is their body butter, which melts right into your skin. Their luxury cleansing oil is good for sensitive, dry skin and can be used to take off all your makeup. I have to say that all the products smelt gorgeous. 

To find out more about the products check out the website. 

https://journeyskincareandbeauty.com/

Breast screenings in Ireland restarting 

I was really glad to hear today that breast screenings have restarted this week. I think there haven't been any screenings since March because of Covid! They are restarting with people that have waited the longest for screening. 

Check out the link for more info: 

https://www2.hse.ie/services/breast-screening/breast-screening-and-coronavirus.html

To be eligible for free breast screenings in Ireland, you have to be over 50, I really think this needs to be lowered. I was 37 when I was diagnosed. If you have any doubts about changes in your breasts, please speak to your GP regardless of your age.

Urgent appeal for volunteers for Irish Cancer Society's Volunteer Driver Service 

Yesterday the Irish Cancer Society put out an urgent call for volunteers for their volunteer driver scheme.

"We’re looking for volunteer drivers to help transport cancer patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments. Volunteers are needed in locations across Ireland to help keep this vital service running. This role is weekdays only and you must be able to commit a full day when driving. All drivers must have a roadworthy vehicle, an active email address and a valid driver's license."

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please apply through Volunteer Ireland: 

https://www.i-vol.ie/organisation-details/?orgID=00120000003sBn1AAE 

You can find out more details about the scheme on the Irish Cancer Society website:

https://www.cancer.ie/cancer-information-and-support/cancer-support/getting-organised/organising-travel/volunteer-driver-service

I have been availing of this service for the last few months and would be totally lost without it. I don't drive and the transport between Carlow (where I live) and Kilkenny hospital is even more limited than it was before the pandemic.  The support these drivers provide is greatly appreciated.

Klara x

Me and the Big C 

I was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (grade 3, stage 2) on 4th December 2019 in Waterford Hospital. My treatment plan consists of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. I get chemo weekly at Kilkenny Hospital and have 8 Taxol/Carbo sessions under my belt. Overall I am happy with how my treatment is going. I have almost no side effects from my treatment.

I did lose my hair, although my wig and hat collection has greatly increased. The one in this photo is from Aliexpress. I've worn turbans for years but I think when I come through the other side of my treatment, I may have a very different relationship with them and want to give a lot of them away. 

The only other negative part of my treatment is I get very high on the steroids I take, which suits me fine, although others that have to communicate with me, not so much! 

A few days ago, the Irish government said all those who are over 70 or who are extremely medically vulnerable should "cocoon" for the next two weeks. Basically, people in those two categories should not leave their homes at all. I guess I fell into the medically vulnerable from the treatment I am going through and I have asthma (though not severe). I obviously still have to go outside for my blood tests and chemotherapy sessions. I'm waiting on some masks to arrive in the post for those times! Other than that I will be inside. I am starting this blog to document my journey back to a cancer-free life and I might as well do something somewhat productive while I am isolated from everything and everyone. 

Klara x