Adele Roberts, a former Big Brother contestant has revealed that she has been diagnosed and treated for bowel cancer.
Radio presenter and radio host, 42, made the announcement via Instagram on Sunday. She said that she would have surgery Monday to remove a tumor.
Adele stated that she was diagnosed with the disease at the beginning of the month. She encouraged anyone who has symptoms to visit their doctor.
Announcement: Former Big Brother contestant Adele Roberts has revealed she has been diagnosed with bowel cancer
She wrote, “Ok, there’s not an easy way to do it and it feels strange, especially posting on social networks (I’m going all Black Mirror), but I hope it’ll reach everyone who might benefit by seeing it or reading about it.
“For a while now, I’ve been having trouble with my digestion. A conversation I had with my Dad a while back led me to my GP to get a check-up.
“I was embarrassed, but I knew it could be serious. I went to the hospital just in case. I didn’t think much of it at first, and assumed it might be food sensitivities.
After a few phone conversations, I was sent for examinations and checks. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the beginning of the month.
“It all happened so quickly, and I’m so sorry to put something like this here. But I hope it helps anyone else who might be worried or suffering in silence. Please make sure to get checked if you have any concerns.
“The sooner you see your GP or talk with someone, the sooner you can get help. I might not have been so fortunate if I hadn’t.
Adele praised the NHS and said it would give her treatment ‘everything she’s ever had.
She said, “As I’ve learned over these last few weeks there’s no normal with cancer. It can affect anyone at any age and at any time. It doesn’t discriminate. Early detection can save your health.
“The NHS have been INCREDIBLE. They are heroes. Tomorrow I will have surgery to remove the tumor and then I will see if there is any spread.
“So far, my outlook is positive. I feel so blessed that I can receive treatment. It’s only the beginning of my journey. I’m going all out to make it a great one.
“Sending love and positivity to everyone for the week ahead. I want to express my gratitude to my family. You saved me.
“You are my angels, and I will be thinking of you tomorrow. I can’t wait for you to see me when I wake up (on FaceTime, if I can manage to concentrate enough to use my phone). Without your voices to hear, you will be everything. That’s all I want.
Adele shared that the hardest part about her diagnosis was telling her family, especially Kate Holderness, about it.
She wrote, “I didn’t know I’d be writing something similar to this.” It wasn’t finding out that I had cancer that was the hardest thing. It was telling my loved ones. It broke my heart.
‘If any of these animals are yours, please look after them until they return to me. My Katie especially. I worry about her being alone while I’m gone.
If you’re going through the same thing, I’m thinking of you and sending love to you and your family. We thank everyone who shared their journey online and publicly.
“You have brought me so much comfort and helped me through those sleepless night. I hope this post can help someone else.
Adele also thanked BBC Radio 1’s colleagues for their support. She said that her listeners have been a comfort to her, even though they didn’t know.
She said, “Thank you also Radio 1, you have always been amazing. I couldn’t be more grateful to be in this situation. Your support has meant the world to me & my family.
‘I love you Team Weekend… and your listeners… wow. You helped me get through these past weeks without me even knowing. Fuse, Nissan and Noisy Kitchen also deserve a huge thank you. You have all been so understanding, supportive, and kind. I cannot express my gratitude enough to you all.
“Ok, I want this to be a positive, so I’ll sign it off. I was struck by a quote that said, “Strength does not come from what you can do. It comes from what you can overcome.”
“I’m ready to make this happen. Time is up cancer… It’s time for you to get out there.
“There are a few symptoms to help you feel better. Keep safe and see you on xx’.
Adele shared an infographic describing some of the signs and symptoms of bowel carcinoma. These included bleeding from or in the stool, as well as persistent and unexplained changes to bowel habits.
Other symptoms include an unexplained loss of weight, extreme tiredness without any obvious reason, and a lump or pain in the stomach.