The Launch of Grogan's Rose, the Album by Teresa Flynn, September 30th 2012. The following is a message Teresa wrote before she sadly lost her battle with cancer on October 3rd of this year.
THE STORY SO FAR...
At Christmas 2010, without warning, aged 36, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer with a very poor prognosis. Thanks to the decisive action of the doctors at Tullamore and St James' Hospitals, my condition was diagnosed quickly, and necessary lifesaving procedures performed immediately. Since my illness was diagnosed, I have continued with treatment, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. I have also been under the care of Offaly Palliative Care Team, my local GP and the local health care nurses. It has been tough, at times near impossible, but you just have to keep going.
To some extent, having cancer gives you a second chance at life, and that's a gift. You reassess priorities, family, friends, things you always planned to do, but never found the time.
I had always dreamt of recording an album. You hold in your hands 'Grogan's Rose', a compilation of
music and songs, featuring the family and friends I hold so dear. These are the songs that made us
laugh, and those that made us cry. In many ways it is the soundtrack to my ordinary, everyday life, my legacy. Each song is a reflection of the life we led, the good times shared, and the memories cherished.
I dedicate this album to the future, with the hope that the past will never be forgotten. To anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation, remember, keep fighting, keep hoping, keep living.
Thank you to everyone for their support throughout my illness and in the making of this album. The
profits of all sales will be donated to Cancer Research Unit, St. James Hospital, Dublin, Oncology Unit,
Tullamore General Hospital & St. Lukes Hospital.