This morning Michelle Heaton spoke to Lorraine Kelly to confirm that she is going to have a double mastectomy and will later have her ovaries removed as well. This comes after Michelle was told she has an 80% chance of contracting cancer due to being a carrier of the BRCA2 gene.
Michelle tweeted that she was “#nervous” just before appearing on the show, where she announced, “Preventative surgery is the best option for me, it’s not for everybody. I’m hoping that it can be done sooner rather than later so I can just get on with things.”
The initial surgery will be a double mastectomy, with reconstructive surgery to rebuild her breasts with implants.
Michelle, who has a 9-month-old daughter Faith with husband Hugh Hanley, said, “I need to be active for my little one. I feel like it’s a no-brainer, [due to] having such a high risk of breast cancer.”
A big part of Michelle’s decision-making process has been her desire to have more children. Michelle says, “I’m going to have a child in the next couple of years, then I will have my ovaries removed.
“When that will be I’m not sure, but I’ve made that decision,” Michelle added.
Michelle recently appeared on Lorraine’s show to speak to other sufferers, sharing her fears for her daughter Faith also carrying the gene, or growing up without a mother.
The former Liberty X star told her followers, “Reading your tweets to me really hits home I’m making the right decision.” Michelle added, “It has been an emotional journey so far, and I’m sure the worst is to come, but speaking about it is my form of therapy and reading those women going through similar or the same has helped me reach my decision and has made me clear about my future.”
We wish Michelle and her family well during this difficult time.