Carol McGiffin reveals how she's looking forward to going out again following her breast cancer treatment
The 55-year-old presenter has been through quite an ordeal since her diagnosis in April 2014, having undergone a mastectomy, six doses of chemotherapy and 15 rounds of radiotherapy following the discovery of an aggressive grade three tumour.
Now Carol is feeling good and plans to hit the town rather than take it easy.
‘It’s great to go out and enjoy a meal and a bottle of wine with friends, without falling asleep at 9pm!’ she tells Closer magazine. ‘I don’t go out as much as I used to, but I still love a party – I’m not going to start knitting yet!’
She’s certainly stayed true to her word as just a few nights ago she was pictured out in Blackpool with some of her former Loose Women co-stars.
Carol finished her treatment in December and admits that it’s taken her quite a while to adjust.
In April this year she jetted off to Malaysia for a vacation with fiancé Mark Cassidy and realised whilst she was there that she still had a way to go.
‘I’d thought that as soon as I finished the treatment it would be like “whoosh, I feel alright,” but it took a long time,’ she says.
‘I’ve never looked forward to a holiday so much but, in hindsight, I still felt rough. I’m feeling well now, but in six months I might be feeling even better. That would be nice.’
Going through chemotherapy was particularly tough, with Carol admitting: ‘The chemo was an insurance policy.
‘The first round was a piece of cake, but the effects are cumulative so, by the time you get to the sixth one, you feel absolutely shocking.
‘It knocked me for six, but I tried to carry on as normal. When I absolutely couldn’t, I gave into it and, in a weird way, I enjoyed giving into it.’
Carol is now cancer free but will continue to have check-ups every six months as well as mammograms.
Yet despite it all the TV star insists that her attitude to life has not been greatly affected by her illness.
‘I’ve always seized the day,’ she explains. ‘It’s not made me think, “I must start jumping out of planes!” I’m just glad to feel well.
‘But I think it did change things for a lot of people around me, who suddenly thought, “I’d better stop sweating the small stuff”.’
We’re glad to hear that Carol is feeling good.