Nikki Tapper has opened up on her mother’s 18 year-long battle with breast cancer, after being diagnosed for a third time.
The Gogglebox star has revealed her mother Marilyn Myers, now 72 – who first discovered she had breast cancer age of 54 – has been diagnosed with breast cancer once again after a double mastectomy last year.
Nikki has also had her own battle, as she was diagnosed with the disease ten years after her mother’s first battle.
The TV star has now candidly opened up on how the cancer battles have plagued their families for 18 years and the struggle the family went through in lockdown.
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Nikki, 47, explained of her mother: “A year ago she want for a check-up and felt scar tissue that didn’t feel right, she had an ultrasound and they found that she had breast cancer again – it was in the fatty tissue of her skin.
“It wasn’t old cancer that was left there, it was new and unfortunately she had to go through chemotherapy.
“It’s so rare but it can happen; we want people to be aware that even after a mastectomy you need to be very vigilant and more screening is needed like ultrasounds otherwise you won’t find it.
“You can’t have mammograms if you have reconstruction surgery so it’s really important to get ultrasounds. She was unlucky.
“You don’t expect to have double mastectomy at my mum’s age of 70 and then get breast cancer again,” she added to The Sun Online.
Nikki explained who the family found it difficult with her mother Marilyn going through chemotherapy throughout lockdown.
She said: “I was very angry when she first got diagnosed again, like when’s the next time? I feel like I am waiting for the next time I get it, which isn’t a good way to think.
“The most horrible part was that my dad used to drop her at the hospital and leave her there – I went with her for the first lot of chemotherapy and then we went into lockdown.
“That used to really upset me, as I know someone was with me every single time I went and it takes the edge of the whole thing – but she has been lucky as some people were unable to get treatment at all.”
The TV star reflected on her own battle with cancer and how supportive her mother Marilyn was.
She said: “I was really lucky that I had my mum, but it saddens me that I couldn’t do the same for her, she used to wave at me through her window and I’d feel so helpless I would come home and cry.
“I was helping my parents and going shopping, but I’d just have to drop it there and leave – I haven’t hugged my parents since February.”