MAFS relationship expert Mel Schilling has revealed that she’s been diagnosed with colon cancer.
The TV personality shared the sad news on Instagram and revealed that she was diagnosed last week.
“’YOU HAVE CANCER’. Three little words that everyone dreads but no one ever expects to hear. Last Thursday my consultant told me those 3 words.” she captioned a pic of herself hugging her husband Gareth Brisbane and their daughter Madison in front of their Christmas tree.
Mel explained that she experienced severe cramps while filming and went to her GP, however he put it down to constipation.
“Fortunately I knew something still wasn’t right so I booked in for a scan when I returned to the UK. On Thursday I was told I had colon cancer and in an instant my whole life changed,” she added.
Mel is going to hospital to fight the cancer
Mel revealed that will be going to the hospital on December 21st to have surgery to remove the tumour.
“This week I had planned to travel to Northern Ireland with my family to spend Christmas with loved ones. Instead tomorrow morning I’m checking in to hospital to have an operation to remove a 5cm tumour in my colon, a tumour that had it gone undetected for much longer would have killed me,” she wrote.
Fortunately, the relationship counsellor said that she is “expected to make a full recovery”.
“I feel incredibly blessed that it’s a cancer that is relatively easy to eradicate,” she wrote. “I also feel so lucky to have an incredible support network around me, both personally and professionally, my own family and my TV family have been amazing this past few days.
“It will be so tough to spend Xmas Day in hospital instead of being surrounded by family but getting rid of Terry (what I’ve named my tumour) will be the best present of all. I just wanted to finish by saying that if something doesn’t feel right, please, please don’t ignore it and if you don’t think the answers you have got are right, keep going until you do, it might just save your life.”