Cancer battle Trisha tells of fears

CHAT show queen Trisha Goddard has told for the first time today of the fear she felt when doctors revealed she had breast cancer.The television personality, who lives just outside Norwich, said she had drawn inspiration from pop star Kylie Minogue's successful battle with breast cancer.

CHAT show queen Trisha Goddard has told for the first time today of the fear she felt when doctors revealed she had breast cancer.

The television personality, who lives just outside Norwich, said she had drawn inspiration from pop star Kylie Minogue's successful battle with breast cancer.

She also revealed that a letter from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah wrote had helped to lift her spirits.

Trisha, 50, said she was relieved to be given the all-clear on Wednesday, but may still face chemotherapy in the weeks ahead as a precaution.


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The disease was spotted after a routine mammogram three weeks ago.

She told a national newspaper: “The next week they called me in and I just thought it would be the usual thing of going through the results.

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“But they said it was hard to see and wanted to give me an ultra-sound. Finally, the doctor said there was a lump and he thought it was cancer and I needed a biopsy. I just said: 'Do it now.' ”

The mum-of-two went straight for a psychotherapy session after, which helped her to find the strength to share the news with husband Peter Gianfrancesco.

The pair initially kept the diagnosis a secret from daughters Billie, 18, and Madison, 13, but when told the girls rallied round, taking on cooking and shopping and providing emotional support.

In a first operation on March 20, doctors removed a lump and took lymph node samples for a biopsy.

Doctors eventually performed a second operation to remove further lymph nodes, leaving the family with an agonising wait for news.

During that time, Trisha says her husband, chief executive of the Norwich branch of mental health charity Mind, proved to be her “rock”.

She said: “We have been together for nearly 12 years and it goes without saying that I love him but that man is just incredible - I have never had that from another human being. He is strong but he has also cried, he has made me laugh, made me do laps of the ward to keep me moving, he has cuddled me, held me and when I came out of the op he was there telling me it was OK. I am berserk in love with him.”

While her illness was being kept a secret, Trisha, attended Sarah Brown's lunch hosting Madame Sarkozy at Downing Street.

Her vulnerability made her don a comfortable dress and biker boots, while “everyone else was dressed head to toe in Chanel”, and she confided in GMTV's Fiona Phillips, who took her under her wing.

Trisha said: “I got very wobbly and though I must confide in someone and Fiona was there.

“I said 'Please look after me' and she did and never told a soul. She was a real diamond.”

Today Trisha returns to work at Five and is determined that it will be business as usual.

“I just want to be a Trisha - not a survivor of anything.”

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