TV presenter and mother Michaela Strachan has spoken out about being diagnosed with cancer during a routine mammogram.
Michaela, who lives in South Africa with her partner Nick Chevallier, his three grown-up children and their son Ollie, nine, underwent a double mastectomy following the diagnosis.
The Daily Mail reports:
'In an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine today, the Springwatch star tells how her worst fears were confirmed after a routine mammogram at the beginning of the year.'
'‘The tears started to roll as my doctor tried to tell me what would happen next, but I only took in every fifth word or so,’ she says. ‘The one word that registered was “cancer”.'
'‘How had this happened? I don’t have it in the family. I live a fit and healthy life.’'
'Surgeons advised her to have a double mastectomy since there was a risk of the lobular cancer spreading from one breast to the other.'
Earlier today, Michaela tweeted about her new role as an ambassador for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She wrote:
'My story is in You Mag in The Sunday Mail today. I hope it helps and inspires other women going on this journey.'
'This year has been a challenging one. In Feb I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was lucky, I found it early.'
'Today I become an ambassador for @BreakthroughBC to encourage women to have regular mammograms.'