Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Michelle tells of mastectomy 'hell'

Michelle Heaton has had a double mastectomy to avoid developing breast cancer

Michelle Heaton has said there is "light at the end of the tunnel" after having a double mastectomy in a bid to avoid developing breast cancer.

The former Liberty X singer had the operation three weeks ago after she was diagnosed with a mutated gene called BRCA2 which meant she had an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of ovarian cancer.

Michelle told ITV1's Lorraine show: "For the first two or three days I didn't know where I was. It was hell - it was a week of hell, I'm not going to lie.

"If then someone had told me how good I'd feel now I wouldn't have believed them and it has only been three weeks.

"So there is light at the end of the tunnel and any woman going through this or who is worried about the surgery - you will be fine, you will be absolutely fine. It really is all worth it."

She said the reconstructive surgery on her breasts was "great", adding: "When I first saw them I just burst into tears with relief and realised they are normal."

Michelle, 33, said she thought she would have her ovaries removed in "a few years time".

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