Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts stated that “being diagnosed with cancer means I’ve learned to value my body” when she appeared on the cover of a magazine with a visible bag for fatigue.
The presenter, who revealed in October, she was is being treated for bowel cancerdiscussed staying mentally strong throughout her treatment during a photo shoot with Women’s Health UK.
The 43-year-old, who first became famous in the series “Big Brother” on Channel 4 in 2002, had his tumor removed through surgery.
She now uses a stoma bag that attaches to her abdomen and collects feces as well as undergoes chemotherapy.
Roberts said, “Knowing cancer meant I learned to value my body; be thankful that it works; be thankful that they found the tumor in time to remove it, and be thankful (which modern medicine means I can) to have fatigue.
“I feel like I love my body more than ever.
“Every second of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives, and I think the more we can talk about it, the less negatively people will be mentally affected when and when it happens.
“That’s why it means so much – as a person undergoing cancer treatment and having visible fatigue – to be on the cover of women’s health.”
Roberts admitted that she was worried for a long time because of her diagnosis, adding: “When I was in the hospital recovering from surgery, I overheard other women in the ward and learned that their diagnosis was much worse than mine – maybe incurable cancer – and then I felt depressed.
“I think my strategy so that I can stay stable while I’m on chemotherapy is to keep doing it and not let it beat me mentally.
“Like, I need to sort of fight this face to face because I handle things that way, but I understand that all people are different.”
Roberts, a bisexual and LGBT rights activist, also recalled meeting her partner Kate for the first time.
She said: “I remember seeing her and thinking she was beautiful, but I didn’t know she was gay; then she mentioned going on a date with a woman and all, she can’t get rid of me! “