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Sue Perkins: I have a brain tumour

Published 02/09/2015

Sue Perkins
Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins was diagnosed with a brain tumour eight years ago which has resulted in her not being able to have children.

The Great British Bakeoff favourite made the revelation in a chat with Good Housekeeping, opening up about the medical condition and the effect it's having on her life.

One of the most devastating consequences of the tumour, which is benign, is that Sue can't have children as the growth has impacted her reproductive hormones.

"We live in a time and place where we think everything is possible," she sighed to the publication. "I don’t know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can’t have something, you want it more than anything.

"Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background. Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous."

If being diagnosed with a tumour wasn't scary enough, the way the 45-year-old was told added to the frightening situation.

It was eight years ago during filming for BBC show The Supersizers, which saw her and co-host Giles Coren explore food from different eras. Doctors were on hand to assess how the different diets affected the body, and had to break the news to Sue about the tumour.

"I was at a point where I was spending so much of my life doing TV that I only found out about my real life through a television procedure," she explained.

"I didn’t have the time to go to the doctor in real life. That’s what really made me think that the balance [in my life] was wrong."

Sue, who is loved up with fellow TV star Anna Richardson, may have cut down her TV hours, but she and partner in crime Mel Giedroyc still front Bake Off much to the delight of the nation.

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