Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton describes how she made the decision to remove both her breasts over chicken and wine at Nandos
Michelle Heaton has revealed she made the decision to have a double mastectomy over a chicken dinner at Nandos.
Opening up about the moment she was told she was a carrier of a gene which gave her an 85% chance of developing breast cancer, the former Liberty X star describes how she decided to have both her breasts removed in ‘a matter of minutes’ over chicken and wine with her husband, Hugh Hanley, at the popular chain restaurant.
Speaking to singer-turned-TV-host Rochelle Humes in the latest video from AOL’s series on parenting, Being Mum, Michelle revealed: ‘We hadn’t even sat down when she [Michelle’s consultant] said, ‘I’m really sorry, it’s bad news.’ And it was just really hard.’
She continued: ‘Then she talked to us for, like, an hour, and explained all of what was happening, what could happen. Nothing sunk in at all.
‘And we went to Nandos and had a glass of wine, as you do, over some chicken. And I think it was in a matter of minutes, we were just like, ‘The mastectomy’s a no-brainer.”
Michelle decided to go under the knife in November 2010 after discovering she carried the BRCA2 gene, which gave her an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.
She wanted to get rid of the ‘dark cloud’ in her head which left her terrified that she might leave her then-one-year-old daughter Faith without a mum.
She tells Rochelle: ‘It was 85% risk of [me] getting breast cancer and, other than not being able to breast feed any other children I was going to have, there was for me no benefit in keeping my breasts.’
She also speaks about falling pregnant with second child Aaron prior to undergoing further surgery to have a hysterectomy in 2014.
She said: ‘We always knew I would probably have the hysterectomy at some point, and we just took that [getting pregnant] as a sign to have it sooner rather than later.’
And Michelle had some words of advice for anyone who should find themselves in the same position as her, saying: ‘Other than extending your family, I don’t see the reason to wait to have these operations because you’re only increasing your risk of getting it.’
Check out the full interview in the video below…