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Regina comes home



Áine Ryan

ALMOST five months after she travelled to New York in a last ditch effort for treatment for a rare form of cancer, teacher Regina Duffy is back home in Drummin recovering from her grueling, life-saving, treatment.
Speaking to The Mayo News yesterday, her sister Adele, who helped coordinate the huge cross-community fundraiser that  facilitated Regina’s expensive treatment in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, confirmed her sister arrived home last Wednesday
“Regina is exhausted but delighted to be home. She is delighted to be back home in Drummin with her family and friends,” Adele said.  
She confirmed her treatment had ‘thankfully been successful to date’.
“She will continue the treatment at home in Ireland under the care of her consultant,” Adele continued. Asked by The Mayo News if her brave sister, who has battled cancer twice before, had managed to do anything nice and uplifting since her return
“She went to Old Head for a walk on the beach. She enjoyed the fresh air and taking photos of the beautiful surroundings,” said Adele.  
Speaking also, Regina Duffy said: “It has been really difficult being away for so long, so I am extremely grateful to finally be home. It is impossible to express how much I appreciate the support I received from so many people. I have experienced such goodness and generosity when I needed it most and it buoyed me during a really bleak time. I’m just extremely thankful to everyone who supported me in any way.”
Regina worked as a teacher in Dublin before returning home to Drummin last year. She took up a position as a German and Spanish teacher in St Colman’s College, Claremorris, loving the fact that she was just teaching down the road from her native place. Having battled with breast cancer in 2011 and a brain  tumour in 2014, Regina was happily married to Tuam native, Jason Donoghue in March 2018. He has been at her side since this latest battle started. Last March campaign leader, Sian Duffy confirmed to The Mayo News they had  raised €684,000, which included online donations through the online facility. At that time €380,000 had been already paid to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Center for Regina’s treatment.