'I'm ready to let nature take its course': Lynda Bellingham reveals that cancer is terminal

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Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham, known across Britain as the mum from those famous Oxo adverts, has revealed that she only has weeks to live as she battles terminal cancer.


The brave 66 year old, a regular panelist on Loose Women, has chosen to end her chemotherapy treatment in November after fighting colon cancer since July 2013, revealing that she'd like to spend one more Christmas with her family. The news comes as Lynda's cancer has reportedly spread to her lungs and liver. 


In her autobiography There's Something I've Been Dying To Tell You, due to be published next month, Lynda speaks of the moment she decided to end her treatment, with her doctor and husband Michael Pattemore: 'August 13, 2014. Yesterday was the glorious 12th - a day for us to remember because it is also the day I decided when I will die. I am very dramatic, aren't I?

'I sat down with Michael and Professor Stebbing and announced: "The time has come to cease and desist. I would love to make one more Christmas, if possible, but I want to stop taking chemo around November in order to pass away by the end of January".'



The star tweeted messages to her fans on Saturday 27th September following the news of her decision to end her treatment. The overwhelmed mum of two was thankful for all the support she's received


Stars have been quick to tweet their support for Lynda since the news, with everyone from Phillip Schofield to some of her Loose Women co-stars sharing emotional messages.


 The Loose Women posted this heartfelt message of support to Lynda


Denise and Lynda were both on the Loose Women panel together

Phillip's touching message on Twitter


Fern Britton also sent a sweet message of support to the star


The fiesty Loose Women panelist had spoken out about the disease back in August last year, for the first time since she was diagnosed in July 2013, in an interview on This Morning (pictured). Revealing a new grey hairstyle, which she said was not related to her treatment, the star was upbeat and looked fantastic. She told Eammon and Ruth that she'd received 'fantastic cards and messages' since speaking out and that she would 'be a new woman by Christmas.'

Talking about her treatment, she said she'd been 'very lucky that I'm on a drug that I don't lose my hair'... I don't want cancer to overshadow everything else in my life. Let's be honest, it's horrible... there's no getting away from that, and it doesn't deserve the blooming advertising space!'

She also revealed that she would have to stop performing in the play she was starring in at the time, Kay Mellor's 'A Passionate Woman'.

In an official statement released back in July 2013, Lynda said: 'I'm devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year.

'But having toured many times before, I'm aware of the sheer stamina needed and I need to prioritise my recovery.

'That said, nothing's going to stop me coming back next year, and I can't wait to be "a passionate woman".'

After the official statement was released, Lynda took to Twitter to breaks the news to her followers.

Hi everyone just to say I have been diagnosed with cancer but I am not going to die! Dealing with it and hope to be back at work soon.

- Lynda Bellingham (@LyndaBellingham) July 16, 2013

Lynda's sister died from lung cancer the year before and she has since been a strong supporter of cancer charities Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. The actress was also close friends with Bernie Nolan as they starred alongside each other in the stage production of The Calendar Girls. Bernie tragically lost her fight against breast cancer in July 2013.

Lynda has two sons, Michael and Robbie, and married third husband, Michael Pattemore in 2008 after she left an abusive second marriage. Our thoughts are with Lynda and her family.

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Try to be strong Lynda. Thinking of you.


What an Inspiration!! Words evade me.


Oh ! Linda 'keep yer pecker up' we don't know what is round the corner, might be a little surprise...


God Bless you Lynda, you are a brave lady. Enjoy the time you have left with your family and I will pray for a miracle to happen xxx


A very hard decision to make. My thoughts are with you.


Lynda have a wonderful Christmas with your family, Just stay positive and you will beat it. I had colon cancer 7 years ago. You will survive it with so many people wishing you well


A Brave Lady.


BrAve decision my mother went through the same and I thank God that 30 years on one can choose our final path with dignity was horrendous back then .loving the comments get well really all I can say hope you have the privacy and dignity to be as a family on your final journey and just thank you for all your words advise and acting xx

William A Finch

Dear, brave, soldier (yes, I said soldier because she is one of a sort doing battle day and night) I watched my grandmother battle this exact same thing and it took the same path in it's progression. Precious times indeed with your friends and loved ones. Wishing you love, laughter.

Ute Klein Brown Corner

Get well Lynda


Hope all is well soon x

John Wardle

Best Wishes for a speedy recovery.


Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Lynda x

Sue Yates

Come on Lynda you can do, we are behind you.


Lynda. You' re a fighter. You will get through this and be stronger than ever. I know! I was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 62. Picked up on routine mammogram. I was devastated to say the least, but now, 7 years on, here I am. A happy stronger woman and able to cope with anything life throws at me. Hang on in there girl! Sending hugs.


Get well soon lynda

Irene O'Connell

Wishing you a speedy recovery Linda so sad to hear the news xxx


sad news Linda , but, YOU ARE A FIGHTER , YOU CAN DO THIS , there are lots of cancer survivors to help you through this,Good luck Linda xx


Very sad to read about Linda's illness. Wish her well and trust she'll soon be fighting fit again.

Gail (Oxfordshire)

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Lynda.

John & Jennifer

Linda our thoughts are with you as we'll as our prayers. You will win through that we know.

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