Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

'Not best year' for comic Saunders

Jennifer Saunders says 2010 has not been her best year, but has set herself challenges for 2011

Comedian Jennifer Saunders has revealed she will finish her chemotherapy in March - and pointed out that 2010 has not been her finest year.

The 52-year-old funnywoman has been treated for breast cancer for several months and has now set herself a series of challenges for the coming year.

She talks about her difficulties during a Radio 2 show on Saturday which she co-hosts with her comedy partner Dawn French.

Saunders tells listeners: "2010, not my best year. Some misery, some uplifting moments, a bit of a learning curve and all that stuff."

She had kept her ill health under wraps for many months and it only became apparent in the summer. Even then, the Absolutely Fabulous star had remained silent about the cancer until last week when she discussed her "lovely pert new bosoms" - a result of her treatment.

In the Radio 2 show she tells listeners about the end of her treatment.

"I've got a little port here where they push the chemicals in under the skin, a little tube that goes down into your vein and that comes out in March.

"That's like the last sort of moment of chemicals I have to do for the old breast cancer, so that's a nice positive in March," she says.

Saunders - married to Ade Edmondson - underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy after a number of malignant lumps were found. She lost her hair, like many others who undergo the debilitating treatment, and it was not until she was pictured at a party without her blonde wig that her health problems became public knowledge.

Looking forward to the coming year she says: "These are things I would like to do more in 2011. I would like to see more live football, I would like to drive my car in a skid pan, I would like to probably ride my horse a bit more just in the field with no shoes on, potter about in my garden, get on top of my geraniums."

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