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Monday 10 December 2018

Vicky's tell-all book will lay bare screening scandal

Vicky Phelan. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Vicky Phelan. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Vicky Phelan, the woman at the centre of the CervicalCheck debacle, will release a memoir next autumn on her remarkable life story.

Hachette Books Ireland has announced that it will publish the story of the woman whose bravery in speaking out led to the exposure of one of the greatest ever scandals within the Irish healthcare system. 

The book will tell Vicky's story for the first time, from surviving a life-threatening accident in early adulthood to later battles with depression and overcoming family tragedy.

It will also reveal her journey through cervical cancer and life after going public, when she refused to sign a non-disclosure clause as part of her settlement with the HSE.

"I've been approached by a number of different publishers about doing this and I said no initially," said the mum-of-two.

"But I thought it would be a nice thing for my kids to have in case things go badly wrong.

Brave

"Since the CervicalCheck scandal broke, a lot of people have said to me, 'How do you stay so strong?'

"They tell me I'm brave and, while that's nice to hear, it's not how I think of myself. After all, as any mother knows, you tend to keep on keeping on, no matter what life throws at you.

"What I do know, though, is that the lessons that life has taught me - the ups and downs that I have come through - are what have kept me strong.

"Having cervical cancer is hard, but I have survived worse, and if there's any message I want people to take from this book, it is one of hope that, even in the hardest of times, life is worth living, each precious moment at a time."

Publisher Ciara Considine said it was an honour working with such a "singular and outstanding" woman as Vicky.

"Hers is an inspiring story of enormous resilience," she said.

"The book will also be a record of a grave public healthcare scandal, and the woman who changed its course for the better."

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