Louise McSharry Talks Motherhood, Beauty Tips & Life After Cancer
Journalist, presenter, cancer survivor and mom of one, Louise McSharry, has launched the fifth year of Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses in association with the Irish Cancer Society. To coincide with the launch, we chatted to Louise about her own experience with cancer, her life as mom to Sam, and her beauty tips for busy moms on the go!
What made you want to get involved with this campaign in particular?
The Boots Night Walks is a really good initiative that raises vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service. This service solely relies on donations so the money raised by Boots helps the ICS provide services to people living with cancer in Ireland. After my experience with cancer, I know how important it is to have those services available to you and I also want to do whatever I can to help.
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What were the most difficult challenges that cancer faced you with, outside the disease itself?
I found it hard to put my work life on hold for treatment. Also, learning that my fertility had been adversely affected by treatment was extremely difficult, although I now have a baby so that worked out ok in the end!
What advice would you give to women to help them stay vigilant for any warning signs of cancer?
Listen to your body. Cancer isn’t always about a lump or a pain, for me, it started with just not feeling right. If you feel off, go to the doctor.
Has your battle, and recovery changed your outlook on life?
My experience made me appreciate my body in a different way. Before I got sick, I took all the work my body does to keep me going every day for granted, and saw it primarily as a clothes horse. It’s so much more than that and I work hard to remember that now.
How has your relationship with your appearance changed after going through Chemo?
As I said before, I see my body in a totally different way. I definitely appreciate my hair more, although in the recent heat I’ve been missing my short hair!
How is life as a mom treating you?!
It’s hard! I don’t think anyone can prepare you for the total life change that happens when you become a parent. I keep waiting for things to settle down. It hasn’t happened yet, and I’m starting to think that won’t ever happen!
Apart from getting everyone to read your awesome Skin Deep column, any makeup tips for Moms with no time to get ready?
A good eyebrow tint goes a long way, I do mine at home every few weeks with a kit bought at Boots. Even if I have no makeup on, at least my brows are half decent that way. A good BB cream with SPF can be lashed on pretty quickly, my favourite at the moment is Shiseido’s Sports BB because it’s water resistant and factor 50 so it lasts through the sweat! Add a cream blush and some mascara and you’re good to go!
What do you keep fit & healthy now you’re a mom?
I run a few times a week because I’m training for the Rock and Roll Marathon in August. I only started running after I had Sam – I want him to think that exercise is a normal part of life. I always viewed it as a punishment and don’t want to pass that along to him!
Are you trying to get baby Sam into music? What are his favourites so far?!
I wouldn’t say I’m trying but he is definitely into it. We play music in the house all the time. His favourite song by far is Carly Rae Jepson, Cut to the Feeling.
What are the best ways to keep a positive attitude when everything seems to be going wrong?
I think it’s about remembering that ‘this too shall pass’, talking to someone about what’s going on, and asking for help if you need it.
How do you maintain the balance between work life and mom life?
I don’t know that I do! It’s a work in progress.
What 1 piece of advice would you give to people struggling with fertility issues?
I honestly don’t know if I’m the best person to do that, I was very lucky. When I went to my GP to confirm my pregnancy she said ‘isn’t it great you didn’t get so stressed about the fertility that you couldn’t get pregnant?’, so I guess if you can, and I know it’s hard, try not to stress too much in the initial stages. I gave myself a year to give getting pregnant a go and tried to convince myself to put off worrying too much until that year was over, at which point I was going to seek extra help. It is incredibly difficult though, and everyone’s situation is different.
What has surprised you most about becoming a mom?
I didn’t expect it to be so hard! That probably sounds naïve, but I didn’t. I wasn’t prepared for the fact that time to myself would just be nonexistent. I miss it!
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The Boots Night Walks will take place in communities across Ireland from the 11th- 25th August, and you are invited to join Boots staff in the Phoenix Park on Friday 18th August 2017. This year is the first year that customers can take part in the Boots Night Walk in Dublin and you can register online here. The night walks are held in support of night nurses and reflect when the nurses come on duty in the evening.