Carol McGiffin has opened up about the impact her cancer battle has had on her relationship with toyboy fiancé Mark Cassidy, and revealed that the illness has made them stronger than ever.
The Loose Women panellist recently revealed that she has been fighting breast cancer for the past several months, undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy to fight the disease.
Now, the 54-year-old has credited the 32-year-old as her “rock” throughout the ordeal, and when asked by Bella magazine if her illness had made the duo stronger as a couple, Carol shared: “Absolutely.
“People say if you get through a death, you know it’s going to be all right. This is testing, I knew he’d be fine.
“I never thought he’d leave me, I’ve got quite good self-esteem. It’s been stripped away a little bit but I never doubted him at all.”
And Mark’s undying support for his bride-to-be was at its most evident when he offered to shave her hair, doing everything in his power to make sure that Carol wasn’t self-concious about losing it.
The star added: “I thought it was really great he shaved my hair for me without batting an eyelid. I’ve shown people pictures of me with no hair and they’ve just burst into tears.
“Seeing somebody else in the mirror is so weird. I thought, ‘That’s not a good look;’! It’s totally different.
“You don’t recognise yourself, Mark is constantly stroking my head. He looks in it like he’s looking for fleas like monkeys do!”
“I’m always asking if there are any grey hairs in there, he says no but I know he’s lying.
“He likes touching my hair, and he’ll kiss my head.”
N’aww, sounds like Carol has found herself a keeper, doesn’t it?
The TV personality was first diagnosed with cancer last April but has now completed her treatment and is looking forward to getting on with life and, of course, marrying her fiancé.
Speaking about moving on, Carol dished: “Fingers crossed the treatment has seen off the cancer. My next appointment is a follow-up with the oncologist in April and in July I’m back at the breast clinic. And then it is check-ups every six months. If it hasn’t come back in five years I’ll get the all clear.
“So for now normal service is resumed. If it comes back I’ll deal with it. It’s not a battle. I just see it as a bit of a health hiccup.
“For now I’m going to get on with my life and enjoy every minute of it.”
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