Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor has opened up on her battle against breast cancer after Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding revealed her tragic diagnosis.
Earlier today, the Promise hitmaker took to Instagram where she told her fans she has breast cancer which has spread to other parts of her body.
Following her post, Sally appeared on Loose Women, where she discussed her own fight, after she discovered she had the disease in 2009.
At the time of her diagnosis, it has been written into the soap scripts that Sally’s character Sally Metcalfe had also received the news that she had cancer too.
‘The hardest thing to me is that life was imitating art and there was an afternoon I thought I would go and check if everything was okay and then I had a little feel and there was something really tiny,’ the 57-year-old recalled.
The actress then explained how she saw the onsite nurse who sent to her straight to hospital where she was told the devestating news.
‘It was the biggest shock to me ever because I would never have checked if it wasn’t for what I was doing on the street.’
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Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well during these uncertain times. I’ve not posted on here for so long, thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in on me, it really does mean a lot. I feel now is the right time to share what’s been going on. There’s no easy way to say this and actually it doesn’t even feel real writing this, but here goes. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body. I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can. I understand this might be shocking to read on social media and that really isn’t my intention. But last week it was mentioned online that I had been seen in hospital, so I feel now is the time to let people know what’s going on and this is the best way I can think of to do so. My amazing mum, family and close friends are helping me through this, and I want to say a thank you to the wonderful NHS doctors and nurses who have been and continue to be heroes. I am doing my very best to keep positive and will keep you updated here with how I’m getting on. In the meantime I hope you’ll all understand and respect my request for privacy during this difficult time. Sending you all so much love….xx
Sally then turned her attention to Sarah, adding: ‘It was a massive shock my heart goes out to Sarah Harding it’s really difficult to tell people. I remember telling my fellow cast members it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done – and having to tell my children that’s really hard.
‘But the one thing I want to say is that it’s really important we know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer we all have to check.
‘It’s very important to support research into prevention and prediction for the future.’
Carol McGiffin who also previously suffered from breast cancer asked whether or not the diagnosis affects Sally now, just 10 years after she beat the disease.
‘I never think about it,’ the actress confessed. ‘It never really enters my head.
‘Occasionally I’ll worry if I have an ache or a pain, it’s a chapter of my life, a blip in mine, but I’m very lucky and I’m back to how I was before, it doesn’t define me and I’m back to how I was before.’
It comes after Sarah posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed on Instagram.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘Earlier this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and a couple of weeks ago I received the devastating news that the cancer has advanced to other parts of my body.
‘I’m currently undergoing weekly chemotherapy sessions and I am fighting as hard as I possibly can.’
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