Married At First Sight‘s Mel Schilling has taken to social media to give fans an update as she battles colon cancer.
On December 21, the 51-year-old revealed that she had the disease, followed by an Instagram post on December 22, saying that the tumour, “Terry”, had already been removed by doctors in the UK.
“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!”
According to Mel, the cancer hadn’t spread to her abdominal cavity, “which was our greatest fear but was entirely localised in my colon.”
“Over the coming days, I will discuss my treatment plan going forwards but suffice to say that Terry is toast! 🥳 [sic]”
Mel Schilling thanks fans and the NHS for their support
The MAFS expert then went on to say how she was “absolutely blown away” by the “countless messages of support” she had received.
“I am so very touched and can honestly say it’s made a difference, so thank you all. ”
To conclude, she thanked “everyone in the UK” who “should be incredibly proud of the people of the NHS.”
“Everyone from my consultant to the surgical team and especially the wonderful nurses managing my recovery have been just superb,” she said. “It’s not just their professionalism but also their genuine concern, bedside manner (especially the nurses) and their endlessly sunny disposition, despite working up to 14 hour days.
“I owe all of these wonderful people my life and I will be forever indebted to them. The NHS is a unique, precious institution we need to make sure it’s here to serve our children and our children’s children.”
Mel Schilling shares her initial diagnosis
On December 21, Mel took to Instagram to share the news of her diagnosis.
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.”