Trish Goddard talks candidly about her personal experience with breast cancer to Woman's Weekly.
Woman’s Weekly talked to the actress and presenter, Trisha Goddard, about her experience of breast cancer.
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‘I was really rushed when I went back for the results of my mammogram and was told I would need a biopsy and ultrasound. I said to the nurse, “Can you tell me if it’s breast cancer – I promise I won’t sue you!” and he said, “Yes, it is.” I cried for, like, one and a half seconds and then it was, “OK, what do we do and when do we do it?”‘
‘When I told my daughters they reacted absolutely to type. Billie was hysterical and crying and Maddi was firing the questions. I said to them, “I’m still the same Mummy, so please don’t treat me any differently.”‘
‘I worked all the way through my cancer treatment. People who read that I’d done a 70-hour week said, “Oh, she must have had an easy time with chemo,” but in fact I held the hospital record for infections and my arm was so swollen with lymphoedema that I had to do my TV show with my hand on my hip as I couldn’t move it properly.’
‘I hate having lymphoedema, but I live with it and it doesn’t stop me from doing anything. What other people may call, “suffering” I prefer to call “managing”.’
‘I’d run as often as I could. I’d stagger along for the first five minutes but make myself carry on. It didn’t matter how fast or slow I went as long as I got out there in the rain, or sun and felt God’s green earth around me.’
‘Running helped me more than sitting indoors learning how to tie a headscarf to conceal my shaven head – it helped me to feel alive.’
‘During my chemo sessions I wore an ice cap – to reduce the chances of losing all my hair. It wasn’t comfortable but I’d close my eyes and visualise myself skiing in the mountains on a crisp winter’s day.’
‘Being treated as normal made all the difference. It gave me the optimism to carry on. I didn’t want to be reminded that I had to take sleeping tablets occasionally to get through the night.’
‘I actually saw a psychotherapist pretty regularly throughout. It gave me somewhere to offload rather than inflicting it on the family.’
‘A woman came up to me and said, I know exactly how you feel, and gave me a huge bear hug. I’d just had two ops and I think it was the closest I came to losing it!’