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The show must go on, Majella told Daniel O'Donnell after cancer news

By Stephen Maguire

Daniel O'Donnell has revealed his wife Majella refused to allow him to stop touring after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Last month, Majella received the news that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

But the 53-year-old told her entertainer husband: "The show must go on."

The mother of two has undergone treatment and is responding well. The millionaire singer said it was brave Majella who refused to allow him to cancel his Irish tour. "While there would never have been a good time for the diagnosis, it is unfortunate that it came just as I was about to start touring again.

"My first thought was to stay home but Majella, being the strong character that she is, would not hear of it and said 'the show must go on'," he said.

Daniel revealed that Majella would now start chemotherapy in September.

And he said she was determined to meet her condition head-on.

"As you know, this past month has been difficult for us but I'm glad to say that Majella is doing well.

"She had her surgery and the doctors were very pleased with the outcome.

"We are really overwhelmed by the good wishes and prayers from everyone.

"As you know there is no way to get over this other than to face every part of it as best we can."

Daniel said it had been a huge decision for him to go on tour abroad in the coming weeks -- to continue his tour in America and Britain.

But he revealed that Majella's mum would be staying with her and looking after her every need.

"We know the next few months will not be easy but we are thankful to know that eventually the outcome will be a positive one," he said.

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