‘It’s for people I’m doing this, not awards’ – hero Kilkenny campaigner Vicky
HERO campaigner Vicky Phelan has slammed ongoing delays in the cervical cancer screening process as “unacceptable”.
The Kilkenny mother-of-two spoke out a year after she was awarded €2.5m in a High Court action over the alleged misreading of her cervical cancer smear.
The Mooocoin woman was recently forced to take a step back from campaigning to concentrate on her health. She revealed she has been through a “rough few weeks”, but is now feeling good again.
In an interview with RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan, Vicky looked back on an often tumultuous year in which a lot has happened, but much has remained the same.
The Kilkenny woman, who led the St Patricks’ Day Parade in the city last month, said she never expected to become a celebrity.
But she’s glad her campaigning has encouraged other women to go for smear tests and to stand up for themselves.
“Screening saves lives and the cervical screening programme – while it has its faults – it has saved thousands of lives,” she said.
“A year later, I still feel very uncomfortable with a lot of all this. I never wanted to be a celebrity or in the papers or have people come up and recognise me. But it’s lovely.
“It’s for people I’m doing this. I’m not doing this for plaudits or awards.”