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MAFS 2024: Mel Schilling was “doubled over in pain” while filming MAFS before cancer diagnosis

"I was just trying to smile through the pain"

MAFS expert Mel Schilling has opened up about the symptoms she experienced before receiving her colon cancer diagnosis.

The long-running Married At First Sight expert revealed that she suffered pain while filming the new season of the popular reality show, but didn’t think too much of it.

“At the reunion dinner party I was doubled over in pain and then during the whole reunion shoot, I was just trying to smile through the pain and just get through it,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.

“I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was jet lag. I really did. I just thought I’m working too hard, it’s the travel, I’m just not taking care of myself. I really didn’t think it was anything else.”

Mel said she can “barely remember” what happened on that particular day of filming, so she’s interested to watch it unfold on the TV.

“It’ll be really bizarre actually to watch that,” she remarks. “It’s a little bit of a fuzzy memory now.”

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Mel has the tumour removed

On December 21st, the MAFS expert shared her diagnosis on Instagram, and the following day she went into surgery to have the tumour, which she named Terry, removed.

“Terry, you are the weakest link…goodbye! ,” she penned, accompanying a photo of herself giving the thumbs up.

“So yesterday lunchtime I had keyhole surgery to remove my tumour (AKA Terry) and in the words of my amazing surgeon, it couldn’t have gone any better!”

Mel told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia that received the all-clear that the tumour hadn’t spread, and said that she’s recovering well.

“I’m eating normally, I’ve started working out a little bit, I’ve even done some filming. So I am starting to feel kind of normal,” she shares.

“It’s just good to have that ‘Terry’ out of my body. I just felt instantly better as soon as he was gone, the little bastard.”

Married at First Sight 2024 premieres at 7:30pm on January 29th on Channel Nine and 9Now.

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