Debbie McGee has revealed her breast cancer battle has followed years of anxiety since her husband Paul Daniels’ death.
The former magician’s assistant told This Morning’s Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby that she is usually very positive and strong, but has suffered over the last three years since her husband’s death.
She also explained how her breast cancer battle has been made even harder as she has had to go through it alone, meaning "other worries" have cropped up in her life.
Debbie said: "I just think in the last three years I’ve gone through more stress than I’ve her been though in my life. I am strong by there have been moments in the last three years where I suffer with anxiety and worry about my future.
Debbie speaks about her condition with Holly and Phil
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"Normally I cope and am always positive until I’ve got to talk about it."
Debbie also revealed that dealing with her illness without Paul has been really tough, as worries about her body image have cropped up when they wouldn’t have before.
Holly even asked her whether she has thought her cancer could have come from her anxiety, to which Debbie gave a brief nod.
She continued: "When I go through anything which makes me unhappy, even decisions about the house, I always think, ‘What would he have done?’
"But this time I missed him more because I actually thought if i have to have a mastectomy or be scarred, or taking flesh from my thighs to rebuild, I thought, ‘If Paul was here, whatever I looked like he would love me.’
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"But now I’m on my own, you think, ‘What will my body look like?’ So I missed him as I wouldn’t have that extra worry and would go through it with him."
The former Strictly star tried to keep her operation secret first off, but decided to speak out to show others that we all go through the same things.
She described her procedure, urging women to go to get their mammograms and smear tests, as she credits these for why her DCIS condition was caught so early.
Debbie added: "Since I was in my 20s I’ve always had regular smear tests and mammograms, I’ve never been ill before and every time I go I think they’ll say, ‘Bye, Debbie! See you in a bit.’
Debbie said she had body confidence issues first
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"But this time it proved it was worth going. It’s called the DCIS stage, the tissues have changed but it isn’t full blown cancer yet. Because they looked at my mammogram and looked at the one two years before and saw it wasn’t the same."
Her surgery was non invasive and she only had a couple of dressings, and has been told by her surgeon that there is no need for any further treatment at this stage.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.
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