Former Eastenders actress Danniella Westbrook reveals she is battling womb cancer
Danniella Westbrook is battling womb cancer.
The 44-year-old television personality has been diagnosed with the disease and is currently waiting to see if it has spread to other parts of her body.
She said: "I’ve always said I am not scared of dying. But when the doctor said, ‘You have cancer’, straight away my thoughts turned to Jade [Goody] and that I don’t want to die. I know I need to fight.
After what happened with Jade I was frightened to talk to anyone about my cancer at first. She was my friend and what happened was so awful.
There is part of me that thinks I would rather just be ill and not know about it - to just get on with life.
"But then I thought about the kids and I thought that is a selfish way to be. I’ve tried to commit suicide before but getting this diagnosis has made me realise I don’t want to die. I want to live and sort out my health. I know I have to fight, I know I have to get up and battle it."
Daniella - who is set to have a hysterectomy in three weeks time - is hopeful the disease is "containable".
She told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "The doctors say they believe it is containable so I’m hopeful. My mum had the same cancer when I was 15. I’m 44 now and she is still here. Her treatment was on the NHS and it worked. They are taking me in in three weeks for a full hysterectomy. Before they take it out they won’t know to what extent the cancer has grown."