The Newtown man wrote a touching song inspired by the strength his fiancée demonstrated during her battle with cancer.
Stephen Conley’s partner, Sharon Rooney, recently received the shocking news of the recurrence of breast cancer, which had finally hit her.
A mother-of-two traveled from Falls Road in West Belfast, Mexico for a month of medical treatment from August to September 2021 and received a seven-month remission.
Before the treatment, Go Fund Me explained that Sharon underwent a double mastectomy to increase her chances of survival, along with her children, 14-year-old Grace and three-year-old Kayden.
However, cancer has since returned, and partner Stephen, who has been a musician for 15 years, has dedicated his first single “The One” to the strength he has shown over the past two years.
“If I had talked to him, I would not have thought anything wrong. I don’t think I would have done it if I had suffered the same thing,” a man from Carnmoney told Belfast Live.
“He only went to Mexico for a month, from August to September, after which he got great results and his follow up was good. But he also got some bad news in February. Now he is back for treatment again.
It was clear seven months ago and unfortunately retirement has begun. But he still keeps his mind perfectly in everything, and takes things calmly day in and day out.”
He said the way to write this song is to express how he feels.
The 30-year-old said, “I think when you have a lot of stuff in your head or chest, you just have to get rid of it. To do that, I just think of recording in a song.”
“The song team was inspired by Sharon. It only took me 20 minutes to write. Whatever happens, I find the writing process very simple.
“There are a few lines in it, called ‘The One,’ that say it all. But the jokes are like ‘I see the staying power in your eyes.'”
The couple plans to marry in two weeks, on April 29 the ceremony will take place at St Mary’s Church in Belfast, Chapel Lane, near Stephanie’s Café.
“We’ve been together for six years and we can’t wait,” Stephen said.
“I own a café downtown, so we got married near it, on St. Mary’s, and then we have a reception in Carlingford, so it would be nice to get out of town and get away from it all for a while.”
One is now available on streaming platforms including Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.