Debbie McGee admits crying after breast cancer diagnosis because ‘Paul wasn’t there’

Debbie McGee discusses possibility of spending Christmas alone

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Debbie McGee, 63, has said that she was devastated after being diagnosed with breast cancer as she was unable to speak to ex-husband Paul Daniels about it. The magician died in 2006 from brain cancer.

The star said that when she was told the news, she cried after realising that she couldn’t talk to Paul about the news.

She also spoke more about her grief from losing Paul, explaining that she didn’t just “sit at home crying.”

Debbie said: “The surgeon told me to go home and think about it, and I left and cried in my car for about 15 minutes.

“I was really feeling sorry for myself, because Paul wasn’t there to share the news with.”

She then added that she felt lucky to have private healthcare.

The radio host said that she didn’t think cancer would “happen to her”.

She added that she knew how horrifying it was to see someone suffering from cancer after watching Paul go through it.

The star told The Sun today that it was “such a shock” when the radiologist doing her mammogram in 2018 told her: “We think we’ve found something.”

She added that when she was younger she was advised by a friend’s mother that when she turned 46, she should get a mammogram every other year, to catch anything early.

Debbie said: “I had a friend at school whose mother was a gynaecologist, and when we were 17 she said to us:

“‘When you get to about 46, have a mammogram every other year, because if you’ve got anything they will catch it very early.’

“So, from the age of 46, I started paying £120 to have a mammogram done, and I continued to have them in between my NHS ones, which I was invited for every three years after I turned 50.”

Debbie explained that on that day the radiologist showed her that she had three areas of abnormal cells that could spread and turn into a tumour.

“She also told me that if I hadn’t been having regular mammograms, they probably wouldn’t have picked up on it because it was just some small white specks that weren’t there before.”

She briefly discussed the aftermath of her diagnosis.

The presenter said that at first, she tried to be gentle with her activity.

After a while, Debbie said she tried to just “get on with life”.

She explained it was similar to when she was dealing with Paul and that there was no point “sitting at home crying.”

Debbie explained to Mail Online in November 2021 that after she appeared on Strictly, her life turned around following her husband’s death and she became a much more energetic person.

She revealed she was finally happy again after five years of sorrow at the time, and told The Mirror he was ready to meet someone new.

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