RTE star Ryan Tubridy revealed that he “received a lovely message from Vicky Phelan” after wishing him luck when starting a new treatment trial in the United States.
Limerick’s mother flew to Maryland earlier this month to participate in a medical test that, hopefully, will slow her growing tumors.
The cervical cancer activist started her treatment yesterday, which, hopefully, will prolong her life after the cancer returns.
Late Late Show host Tubridy said he is sending “all the love” to Maryland, where Vicky is getting her treatment yesterday on her morning RTE Radio One program.
Today he revealed that he received “a lovely message” from her when she called him a “con man”.
Speaking to his brothers, Ryan said, “I received a lovely message from Vicky Phelan last night.
“She started the message by saying, ‘Ryan Tubridy, you’re a rascal’, which I laugh at. I haven’t been called a rascal in a long time.”
Ryan said she usually gets a lot of messages from her listeners when he mentions her on his show.
He explained: “She was just commenting on how every time I mention her on the show, she receives a flood of emails and tweets from people to wish her luck.
“And yesterday was a big day for her, because she was about to start her treatment and she was just telling me that she was very happy to receive all this lovely feedback.
“She also said that she was laughing because there was news that the President of America was visiting the hospital where she was staying.
“It turns out that it was America’s vice president who showed up to receive the second dose of the vaccine while she was [Vicky] was receiving the first dose of her treatment, but she tweeted to say that she is very grateful to have found her way and to take a chance and will not have many serious side effects. “
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Ryan said he thinks it is “adorable” that people send an email to the program to wish him good luck with his new treatment.
He continued, “It is so lovely to see the emails she receives from people living in Maryland saying what we can do.
“I also noticed a lot of companies saying if they could send Vicky something to remind her of Ireland.”