Sarah Ferguson used her time on Loose Women to make a vital appeal to viewers over going for screenings, as she opened up on her own breast cancer diagnosis. And, in a defiant dig at critics, she said she was determined to have her voice heard if it meant helping to save someone’s life.
It was in June this year that Sarah, Duchess of York, revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer and had undergone a mastectomy., following a routine mammogram she very nearly didn’t go to.. Having been welcomed into the Loose Women fold as a guest panellist, she spoke openly and candidly about how she felt on the car journey home, in the immediate aftermath of her diagnosis and how she’d been left fearing she’d never get to see her grandchildren grow up.
Sarah told co-stars Christine Lampard, Brenda Edwards and Coleen Nolan that she had her mastectomy ‘very quickly’ after her initial diagnosis, explaining: “I think they were worried about it, so it was very, very quick,” as she added: “The nursing, all the surgeons – they were just incredible.”
Sarah also took the opportunity to make a direct appeal to people watching at home to make sure they attend their routine mammograms, revealing that the one she had prior to her diagnosis was all clear, highlighting just how much the situation can change between screenings.
Looking down the lens, Sarah urged: “Please, please, please go get get your screening. Please,” before opening up on how she told daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie that doctors ‘were a bit worried about something’ before she got her full diagnosis, adding she was ‘incredibly lucky.’
Full of admiration for her guest colleague, Coleen told the Duchess: “This is why you’re being so open about all of this. You want to save people’s lives, it’s so important this screening, that they go. Yes, it’s very scary, but look at you now; sitting here positive, you’ve come through amazingly, you look amazing. If that saves one person’s life, it’s worth it.”
In defiant mood, Sarah then added: “When I was coming on today, I simply don’t care if anyone likes it or not. If there’s one person who’s going to have a fabulous life and see their grandchildren, because of us speaking about it, then good.”
And then, at the very end of Loose Women, having been given the final word by host Christine, Sarah made another direct and very emotional appeal to viewers, saying: “Do not skip the screening. Please, please, please. It’s so important. Don’t be frightened. They’re so nice when you get there, they’ll help you through it. Please, don’t skip the screening. Go for it, please.”
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