Tuesday 21 November 2017

Former 'It girl' Tara Palmer-Tomkinson reveals brain tumour diagnosis

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends Ant and Dec's joint 40th Birthday party at Kensington Roof Gardens on October 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends Ant and Dec's joint 40th Birthday party at Kensington Roof Gardens on October 15, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
Tara Palmer Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael's Church on June 22, 2013
Tara Palmer Tomkinson attends the UK premiere of 'The Shouting Men' at Odeon West End on March 2, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has received treatment for a brain tumour
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has told how she feared she was going to die when doctors revealed she had a brain tumour.

The 44-year-old former "It girl" has received treatment for the non-malignant growth in her pituitary gland since January and said it has now cleared.

She told the Daily Mail: " I went to the doctors to talk about my latest blood test results when I got back from skiing in January. I said: 'What does this mean? Can you translate it?' And the doctor said: 'As I suspected, you have a brain tumour'.

"I got terribly frightened. I started thinking, 'I'm going to die, I'm going to die. I've only got a couple of weeks to live.' Stuff like that."

Tara Palmer Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael's Church on June 22, 2013
Tara Palmer Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael's Church on June 22, 2013

Palmer-Tomkinson, who has battled drug problems in the past, also said the blood tests found she was suffering with an auto-immune disease which had caused tiredness, joint pain and acute anaemia.

But the former I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant hit out at some media coverage because she said it had been assumed her frailty was as a result of "bloody cocaine".

She said: " It has been really hard. This whole summer was quite bad. There were pictures of me going shopping with my sister. I've got white pyjamas on and was just leaving the hospital to go shopping."

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

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