Adele Roberts has spoken out about her ‘shock’ cancer diagnosis and detailed the effects of her surgery to remove the tumour.
The Radio 1 DJ, 42, revealed that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in an emotional post on October 24, sharing the news a month after learning she had the disease.
Brave: Adele Roberts has spoken out about her ‘shock’ cancer diagnosis and detailed the effects of her surgery to remove the tumour
Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she explained: ‘It was a shock. I didn’t realise I could get cancer which I know sounds silly because I know now it can happen to anyone at any age.
‘I’m vegetarian. I’m healthy. I exercise.’
Describing the first warning signs, she said: ‘My digestion started to get a bit funny – after what we ate in the jungle I wasn’t surprised.
‘I noticed when I went to the toilet things like mucus and then blood. I didn’t know whether to call the doctor because of Covid I didn’t want to bother anyone. But it got so consistent that I thought I’d better call up just in case.’
Diagnosis: The Radio 1 DJ, 42, revealed that she had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in an emotional post on October 24th, a month after learning she had the disease
Despite all she’s been through, Adele remains positive and hopeful she’ll be back to her ‘normal self’ by the summer.
She said: ‘I feel like I’ve not really taken it on board. I’m just trying to get through each day. The NHS have been awesome.
‘I’ve been able to get back on Radio One and I’m on chemotherapy. Hopefully by the middle of this year I’ll be back to my normal self.’
Opening up: In her first live interview since the announcement, the I’m A Celebrity star appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss her diagnosis alongside her girlfriend Kate
Adele’s girlfriend Kate Holderness was by her side throughout the interview, and voiced her support for her brave partner.
She praised: ‘She’s been amazing. It’s been just 16 weeks since that diagnosis. What she’s been through – Surgery, a stoma, chemo – she’s been amazing.’
Adele underwent surgery to remove the tumour at the end of last year, and she revealed: ‘So far I believe they’ve managed to remove the tumour.
In treatment: Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard, she explained: ‘It was a shock. I didn’t realise I could get cancer’
‘It was in a really awkward place but they managed to save my bottom. My stoma is named Audrey. Once I’ve finished the chemo I should be well again.’
Concluding the interview, Adele gave a message of advice to her viewers, saying: ‘I wanna say to people please get checked. Don’t be shy. The doctors are awesome and they will look after you.’
Adele has been keeping her fans updated on social media with her journey to recovery.
Supportive: Adele’s girlfriend Kate Holderness was by her side throughout the interview, and voiced her support for her brave partner
She told her followers last month that ‘this little stoma bag helped save my life’ although she admitted it had been difficult to get used to, saying: ‘I feel like I need a trainer to help me tame it. It’s wild! Haha. It does what it wants when it wants… but I’m sure I’ll get there.’
The star has been inundated with support since she announced her illness.
Following the operation, Adele told her concerned followers: ‘Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone. You’ve been absolutely incredible! So kind, sending good wishes and looking after my family.’
Health: Describing the first warning signs, she said: ‘My digestion started to get a bit funny – after what we ate in the jungle I wasn’t surprised’
Adele added: ‘You are the greatest! You’ve kept me going. I’ve had my ups and downs this week but today I really feel like I’m starting to turn a corner and hopefully I’ll be well enough to go home soon.’
Adele first found fame when she took part in the third series of Big Brother in 2002 alongside fellow housemates Jade Goody, Alison Hammond and winner Kate Lawler.
The presenter, from Southport, Merseyside, finished in seventh place after lasting 43 days in the house.
She spoke about being bisexual on the series, though she had not revealed her sexuality to her parents at the time.
Taking part in a panel hosted by charity RU Coming Out as reported by Gay Star News, she explained: ‘I had gone to university and had a girlfriend and everyone was cool about it but I hadn’t had that talk with my mum and dad.
‘Never underestimate the power of positivity and well wishes’: Adele was grateful to her followers for being by her side