Actress, 47, who played a cancer patient in a TV advert for Macmillan charity has been diagnosed with disease just four months later
An actress who played a cancer patient in a TV advert for the Macmillan charity was diagnosed with the devastating illness just four months later.
Annabel Wood, 47, from Ealing in London, said it was a ‘surreal’ feeling when doctors told her that she was suffering with stage two breast cancer, after finding a lump.
She had just finished playing a mother undergoing treatment but now faced a terrifying cancer ordeal of her own.
Thankfully the mother-of-two recovered and nearly two years on from being diagnosed, she is cancer-free.
However, she admits the support network she learnt about while filming for the charity was a big help.
She told the Mirror: ‘That helped carry me through six rounds of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and 30 sessions of radiotherapy.’
While in the grips of a debilitating illness like cancer the last thing many feel like doing is laughing or, even more, making others laugh but Annabel decided to do just that.
After losing her hair from chemo she took to the stage and enjoyed a stint as a comedienne.
She said: ‘I whipped off my wig and joked to the audience, ‘I am dying up here.’
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