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A Memoir
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins

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'If there's any message I want people to take from this book, it is hope that, even in the hardest of times, life is worth living, one precious moment at a time.' (Vicky Phelan)

When Vicky Phelan delivered an emotionally charged statement from the steps of the Four Courts in April 2018 - having refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement in the settlement of her action against the HSE - she unearthed the medical and political scandal of our times. It would emerge that, like Vicky, 220 other women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer were not informed that a clinical audit - carried out by the national screen programme CervicalCheck - had revised their earlier, negative smear tests. Their cancers could possibly have been preventable. 

Since then, Vicky has become women's voice for justice on the issue, and her system-changing activism has made her a household name.  

In her memoir Overcoming, Vicky shares her remarkable personal story, from a life-threatening accident in early adulthood through to motherhood, a battle with depression, her devastating later discovery that her cancer had returned in shocking circumstances - and the ensuing detective-like scrutiny of events that led the charge for her history-making legal action.  

An inspiring story of rare resilience and power, Overcoming is an account of how one woman can move mountains - even when she is fighting for her own life - and of finding happiness and strength in the toughest of times.

©2019 Vicky Phelan (P)2019 Hachette Books Ireland

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  • Ms. Caroline
  • 10-19-19

Brilliant story, sad, honest and so real

Loved it. Very well read. A great story and hats off to Vicky for writing this fabulous book. I wish vicky many years ahead with a healthy life with her family.

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  • Cazlaw
  • 10-16-19

Couldn’t put this book down - superb

Absolutely loved this book couldn’t put it down. Listened whilst cooking, driving, eating. Actually sat down in the afternoon just to listen to this. Haven’t done that for a long time. I so admire this woman. I cheered her on as she took on the establishments and demanded better. She is an incredible woman. I love people like this who put the greater good before personal interests. In doing so she has saved so many lives, now and in the future.