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Daniel O'Donnell: brave Majella will shave hair off before chemo

BY UNA BRANKIN

Daniel O'Donnell has revealed his wife plans to shave off her hair before she starts chemotherapy for breast cancer next month.

The Donegal star said partner Majella is recovering after undergoing a successful lumpectomy and was told last week that she will start extra treatment on September 12.

The singer-songwriter revealed it had been a difficult time for them, but his wife was a strong and healthy woman who wanted to take control of her hair falling out.

"At the minute she is cutting her hair," said O'Donnell.

"She is going to have it shaved. She doesn't want her hair to fall out.

"She decided she is going to take charge of her hair going.

"It's very short now and her next step after she has her first treatment she is going to get it all off."

O'Donnell said reports that his 53-year-old wife was clear of cancer were incorrect, adding that he meant the surgery had removed the cancer but there was still a possibility she would need more treatment, like the majority of patients. It is not yet known if she will also have to undergo radiation therapy, or if she will decide to undergo surgery to prevent the cancer reoccurring in the future, he added.

The Donegal crooner spoke of his wife's cancer battle as he was in Dublin to hand out Hidden Hearing Hero Awards yesterday.

Among the winners was Maghera man Denis Broderick (66) who was left with a new regard for the singer. "I was never a groupie but I must admit he's a lovely man," said Denis, a wine expert.

"His own mother is kitted out with the latest digital ear-piece like myself, hence his connection with the Hidden Hearing Awards."

Grandfather-of-three Denis won the Hidden Hearing Workplace Award in recognition of how he overcame his hearing loss – the result of the removal of his adenoids as a young child – to forge a successful career in business. Now semi-retired, has held many diverse posts including president of the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association, and chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick's College, Maghera.

Yesterday's awards – an all-Ireland joint initiative between Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society – honoured those who are deaf or hard of hearing and have made a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.

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