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Friday 22 September 2017

Sile - I'm 'blessed' to be pregnant 5 years after beating cancer

A smiling Sile Seoige at the launch of the Clearbraces. ie Smile Awards, where she revealed she was pregnant. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireand
A smiling Sile Seoige at the launch of the Clearbraces. ie Smile Awards, where she revealed she was pregnant. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireand
Presenter Sile Seoige. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireand

Presenter Sile Seoige said she feels "so lucky" to be pregnant, as she feared becoming a mum might never happen while she was battling thyroid cancer.

She recently got the all-clear from doctors, five years on from her diagnosis, and Sile said that "it's all happening at the right time."

Sile (37) is nearly four months pregnant with her first child. She has been with her garda partner, Damien O'Farrell, for two years.

And she said she feels "blessed" to have received such lovely news, given the tough journey she's had over the past few years.

"If someone had given me a crystal ball about what my future would be like in five years time, I might not have believed it, to be honest.

Lucky

"When you're stuck in a difficult situation, it's difficult to see past that but I'm so lucky, so happy," she said.

She has retrained as a Yoga teacher after finding it hugely beneficial during her cancer battle and said it's been "such a gift in my life".

She now plans to do lots of prenatal exercises during her pregnancy.

Sile added that while she was told her illness wouldn't affect her fertility levels, she still wasn't sure whether having a baby was going to happen for her and there's "always a concern" when you're going through treatment.

"When you're sick, you don't think that far ahead. You just want to get over being sick so it's great to be so many years out of that, so this is lovely," she said.

The Galway presenter said her sister Grainne and her whole family are delighted with her news, as is her other half Damien.

"We're both just really happy. I suppose you have the chat whether you want to have kids but you don't know whether it's going to happen.

"I really believe that things happen for a reason so I'm just feeling really lucky that it's been part of my life plan," she said.

She revealed her happy news at the launch of the 'Clearbraces.ie' Smile awards, which take place in May.

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