Adele Roberts, BBC Radio 1 presenter, says she has bowel cancer and will be having surgery to remove a tumour.
The 42-year-old British broadcaster, who rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002, broke the news in a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday evening.
The reality TV star accompanied the post with a picture of herself in a hospital outfit.
She also disclosed that her diagnosis was confirmed at the beginning of October. She said she had sought medical consultation after having a “digestion problem for a while”.
Robert appreciated the health practitioners who have been supporting her while adding that her surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
“For a while now I’ve been struggling with my digestion. Thanks to a conversation I had with my Dad a few years back I went to my GP for a check-up,” she wrote.
“I’ll be honest, I was embarrassed but I also knew that it could be something serious. So I went just in case. I didn’t think anything of it at first and just assumed it might be a food sensitivity. After a few phone calls, I was sent for some examinations and checks. I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the start of the month.
“It’s all happened so quickly and I’m so sorry to post something like this on here but I hope it helps anyone who might be worrying, or suffering in silence. please make sure you get checked out if you have any concerns. The sooner you’re able to see your GP or talk to someone the sooner you can get help.
“If I hadn’t I might not be so lucky. As I’ve learned over the last few weeks, there’s no ‘normal’ with cancer. Sadly it can affect anyone, at any age, anytime. It doesn’t discriminate. Early detection can save your life.
“The NHS have been incredible. They’re heroes I’m going to have surgery tomorrow to remove the tumour and then see if I need any more treatment or if the cancer has spread.
“So far the outlook is positive and I feel so lucky that I can be treated. It’s just the start of my journey but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.
“Sending everyone so much love and positivity for the week ahead. Thank you to my family words cannot describe how much you have helped me through these last few weeks. You saved me. You are my angels and I shall be thinking of you tomorrow.
“I can’t wait to wake up and see your beautiful faces (on FaceTime if I can compose myself enough to work my phone ). If not your voices to hear you will be everything. That’s all I’m wishing for.”
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