Monday October 26, 2020

Saved by cancer

A diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatment helped comedian Anne Gildea come to terms with her depression and find a purpose to life, writes Fiona Ness.

5th October, 2013
Anne Gildea found success failed to dim her depression. Picture: Feargal Ward

Anne Gildea should have been having the time of her life. Her comedy trio, the Nualas, were enjoying a sell-out run at Dublin's Vicar Street. At their last performance they received an instantaneous standing ovation, the type, Gildea says, "you work your whole life for".

"And it meant nothing. I had absolute joylessness. I felt heavier and heavier. I was giving up."

At that moment, she was losing a life-long battle against crippling depression. Then...

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