Michelle Heaton is one brave lady. After revealing that she has now had surgery for a full hysterectomy, the 35-year-old mum of two is determined to head back to work straight away despite being in a 'lot of pain'.
Michelle, who found out she has the mutated BRCA2 gene two years ago that put her at high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, made the difficult decision to have the 45 minute op.
The star underwent a double mastectomy in 2012 after giving birth to daughter Faith, but decided with husband Hugh to wait until they had their second child, son Aaron Jay, before going ahead with the hysterectomy.
Michelle, pictured here in August 2014 with son AJ and daughter Faith, is a devoted mum
Speaking to OK! magazine after her op, Michelle revealed the three very special reasons behind her difficult decision.
'I'm in a lot of pain and I can't hold my children but I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I realise what I've done is for my husband and children so that they're never wifeless and motherless.'
'The big thing was getting my head around the fact I couldn't have more children.' Michelle with husband of four years Hugh.
Despite the obvious implications of never being able to conceive again, the star has spoken out about the other struggles she's faced as a result of the procedure. 'Right now, I'm going through the menopause. I can't get my head around it.'
'I have a hormone implant of pure oestrogen that was implanted during the surgery... I keep expecting to feel different or older but maybe it doesn't happen because of the oestrogen. Hopefully I won't get hairy!'
Michelle was voted Disney Mum Of The Year and it's clear to see why. Here she is with two-year-old Faith
Michelle was carrying a mutated BRCA2 gene similar to the BRCA1 gene that prompted both Angelina Jolie and, most recently, Michaela Strachan to undergo double mastectomies. She took to Twitter today to thank fans for their support following her procedure:
It's safe to say Michelle is one brave and strong lady. Get well soon!