Ireland

Sabina Higgins thanks public for support following breast-cancer treatment

Sabina Higgins and Michael D Higgins earlier this year (Damien Eagers/PA)
Sabina Higgins and Michael D Higgins earlier this year (Damien Eagers/PA) Sabina Higgins and Michael D Higgins earlier this year (Damien Eagers/PA)

Sabina Higgins, the wife of Irish president Michael D Higgins, has thanked the public for the support she has received since announcing she has undergone treatment for breast cancer.

Mrs Higgins publicly announced her diagnosis for the first time one month ago and called on other women to be aware of breast cancer symptoms.

In a statement on Thursday, she said: “I would like to thank all those friends and members of the public who have shown such kindness in sending such lovely messages of good will and love for my healing, and for all the beautiful cards, mass bouquets, prayers and flowers I received, as I was undergoing the treatment for breast cancer.

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Bord Bia Bloom garden festival 2023 Sabina Higgins is the wife of Irish president Michael D Higgins (Brian Lawless/PA)

“I have no doubt that all those good vibrations contributed to my recovery. I am eternally grateful and full of admiration for all the wonderful medical personnel who gave me such successful breast care.

“I have received so many well wishes that it would be difficult for me to thank each person individually, however I would like each person to know that I have been truly touched by the outpouring of support and goodwill which I have received.

“May I send my deepest thanks to you all and once again remind all women of the importance of being checked for breast cancer, and to particularly emphasise to women over the age of 70 that the risk continues to increase with age so please continue to be checked as regularly as possible.”