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.
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.