‘It’s all happened so quickly’: Former Big Brother star Adele Roberts reveals she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer and is having surgery to remove tumour
Former Big Brother contestant Adele Roberts has revealed she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The Radio 1 presenter, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday to make the announcement and said she was going to have surgery on Monday to remove a tumour.
Adele said she was diagnosed at the start of the month and said ‘the outlook is positive’ as she encouraged people who have symptoms to see their doctors.
Announcement: Former Big Brother contestant Adele Roberts has revealed she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer
She wrote: ‘Ok, there’s no easy way to do this and it feels weird, especially posting on social media (I’m going full Black Mirror) but I’m hoping it’ll reach anyone who might benefit from seeing it or reading it.
‘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.
‘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 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.
Surgery: The Radio 1 presenter, 42, took to Instagram on Sunday to make the announcement and said she was going to have surgery on Monday to remove a tumour
‘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.’
Adele went on to praise the NHS and said that is going to give her treatment ‘everything’ she has got.
She said: ‘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.
Partner: Adele added that the hardest part of her diagnosis was telling her family about it, especially her girlfriend Kate Holderness (pictured together in October 2021)
‘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 anymore 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.’
Adele added that the hardest part of her diagnosis was telling her family about it, especially her girlfriend Kate Holderness.
She wrote: ‘I didn’t know I’d be writing something like this. The hardest thing wasn’t even finding out I had cancer. It was telling my family. It broke my heart.
Post: Adele said she was diagnosed at the start of the month and said ‘the outlook is positive’ as she encouraged people who have symptoms to see their doctors
‘If you know any of them please look after them for me until I can see them again. Especially my Katie. I worry about her being on her own while I’m away.
‘Thinking of you if you are going through something similar and sending love to your family and friends. Thank you to everyone who’s shared their journey online or publicly.
‘You’ve brought so much comfort and helped me through those sleepless nights. I hope this post can do the same for someone else.’
Adele also thanked her colleagues at BBC Radio 1 for their support and said her listeners have been a solace for her without them knowing.
She said: ‘Thank you also to Radio 1, you have been incredible. I couldn’t be in a better place to be going through this. Your support has meant the world to me & my family’
She said: ‘Thank you also to Radio 1, you have been incredible. I couldn’t be in a better place to be going through this. Your support has meant the world to me & my family.
‘I love you Team Weekend… and your listeners… wow. You got me through these past few weeks without even knowing. Thank you also to the brilliant teams at Fuse, Nissan and Noisy Kitchen. You’ve all been so kind, supportive and understanding. I can’t thank you all enough.
‘Ok I want to leave this on a positive so I’ll sign off with this. I saw a brilliant quote recently: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
‘I’m ready to do this. Time’s up cancer… Time to go.
‘There’s a list of symptoms in case you’re worried. Stay safe and see you on the other side xx’.
Adele shared an infographic listing some of the symptoms of bowel cancer which included bleeding from the bottom or in the stool and a persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit.
Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss, extreme tiredness for no obvious reason and a pain or lump in the tummy.
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