Actress Lynda Bellingham feels overwhelmed by the support she has received from fans after declaring she has just weeks left to live.
The 66 year old was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year (13) and made the decision to stop chemotherapy in November (14), revealing she wants to live through Christmas (14) and pass away by the end of January (15).
On Monday (29Sep14), the former Loose Women panellist was due to phone into the British talk show to give an update on her health, but was unable to make the call as she was undergoing a treatment session.
She instead sent a text message, which was read out by host Coleen Nolan, thanking fans for their support. The note read, "Oh my goodness, how embarrassing! That so many people have bothered to show their support. I have chemo today so will be sitting in my chair. Bless you."
An email Bellingham later sent to presenting panel reads, "Hi all you gorgeous ladies, speaking to you from my lovely chemo chair, sucking up the drugs! Thank you, thank you so much for the support, you have no idea how much it means to me. But please understand I am in a good place. It is essential to feel you have some control of your life. Anyone in the same position as me is often on the toilet! Grasp it all, don't be afraid, enjoy the bits you can and tell your family you love them while you have the chance. Again thank you for all the years of support you have given me."