The ex-party girl is opening up about health

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has bravely opened up about suffering from a brain tumour, after it was discovered earlier this year.

The London socialite and I’m A Celebrity alumnus gave a very open chat about her life and her former status as a party girl – and she reveals that she’s changed while having to carry her secret condition for a year.

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Tara, 44, discovered that she had a non-malignant growth in her pituitary gland in January after going to the doctor for a check-up. Having suffered from poor health the previous summer, she’d been having multiple tests to figure out the cause.

‘I went to the doctors to talk about my latest blood test results when I got back from skiing in January. I said, ‘What does this mean? Can you translate it?’ And the doctor said, ‘As I suspected, you have a brain tumour.’

She then told the Daily Mail of her reaction to the shock news – and understandably, it was a scary moment.

‘I got terribly frightened. I started thinking, ‘I’m going to die, I’m going to die. I’ve only got a couple of weeks to live.’ Stuff like that.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, July 2016 (David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, July 2016 (David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

‘It’s that word, isn’t it? But then one of the doctors said: “Hang on a minute, would it help if you called it a wart or a growth?”

‘They said: “Tara, yes, it’s a big scary word which you will keep hearing — but don’t get out of control over it. A tumour can go across the board of many different things.”’

Though the growth was non-malignant, it still had an effect on her health – and part of her reasoning for speaking up about it is to dispel any rumours that her ‘frail’ appearance is due to a drug relapse. ‘Whenever I’m photographed looking frail, everyone says, “Of course, she’s back on drugs.”

‘That’s always their take on it. Bloody cocaine. That was so many years ago. But not many people can contemplate [my] life without it.’

Happily, after months of treatment, the tumour has cleared for the time being – and Tara’s feeling optimistic for the future.

‘All I can do is wait and see. I am pretty fit and I’m 100 per cent determined to get better,’ she says. ‘I’ve always felt positive, whatever has happened in my life.’

Sounds like a great plan to us.