Michelle Heaton reveals she had a hysterectomoy last week after learning she has the mutated BRCA2 gene
Michelle Heaton has revealed she’s going through the menopause aged just 35 after having a hysterectomy last week.
The Liberty X singer is now in recovery and managed to joke that she won’t miss her periods before admitting she’s in a lot of pain.
Michelle made the tough decision to go through with the 45-minute operation after she found out two years ago she has the mutated BRCA2 gene, putting her at high risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
She underwent a double mastectomy in 2012, after having daughter Faith, two. But she waited to have her ovaries removed until after her and husband Hugh Hanley, 35, had had the second child they both craved.
They welcomed son Aaron Jay seven months ago.
Speaking for the first time since having the operation, Michelle, 35, says: ‘I’m in a lot of pain and I can’t hold my children but I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I realise what I’ve done is for my husband and children so that they’re never wifeless and motherless.’
The operation means Michelle will never be able to conceive or carry a child again, something she admits she found hard to come to terms with. The star is also struggling to come to terms with the changes in her body.
She tells OK! magazine: ‘Right now, I’m going through the menopause. I can’t get my head around it. I have a hormone implant of pure oestrogen that was implanted during the surgery… I keep expecting to feel different or older but maybe it doesn’t happen because of the oestrogen. Hopefully I won’t get hairy!’
Being diagnosed with the BRCA2 gene – the same gene that motivated Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy – meant Michelle had an 80 per cent risk of developing breast cancer and a 30 per cent chance of ovarian cancer.
By having these two operations she has drastically reduced her risks but she explains that she hasn’t completely obliterated her chances of developing the disease.
She says: ‘Even though I’ve had a double mastectomy, I still have some breast tissue there so it’s not a zero risk.’
The brave star explained that although she is getting some help with the kids, it’s difficult not being able to be as tactile with Faith and AJ as she’d like to be.
She says: ‘Faith hit me by accident in the stomach and she got upset because I flinched. So it’s hard on all of us.’