We were bowled over by the courage shown by veteran Loose Woman Lynda Bellingham this week, as she shared her decision to stop treatment after an ongoing battle with cancer and “let nature take its course”.
The much-loved actress first announced that she was receiving treatment for cancer last year and, after a gruelling year of chemotherapy, she has decided to set a date when treatment will stop. Instead, she wishes to spend the time she has left surrounded by friends and family.
The Loose Women, who have also been inspired by Lynda Bellingham’s brave attitude, have been flooded with messages. Lynda’s fans and well-wishers have shown both support and admiration for the 66-year-old mother of two:
“Such a brave lady. May your final months be pain free, surrounded by fun and laughter with your family and friends. You have given so much love and happiness to so many people. God bless. X” – Susan Smith
“Cannot quite believe this is happening to one of our British Icons xx May this public announcement help save other lives xx God be with you Lynda, you are a very much loved Lady xx” – Petula Vient
“Love Lynda my fave loose women, Always witty and will be to the end. It is always the best of the best that life is taken. Enjoy every day to the full.. You deserve every minute of happiness xxx” – Wendy Gould
Having received more than 15,000 messages – the biggest response on Facebook in the history of the show – Lynda said:
“You have no idea how much it means to me. But please understand I am in a good place. It is essential to feel you have some control of your life.”
Lynda has written about her experience in a final memoir, There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You – a title that reflects both her positive attitude and unfaltering wit. Moving, brave and truly inspiring, Lynda commented:
“Grasp it all. Don’t be afraid. Enjoy the bits you can and tell your family you love them while you have the chance. Again, thank you for all the years of support you have given me. You are the Loose Women and we are the best!”
Our hearts go out to Lynda Bellingham – a lady whose infectious attitude and wise words have already touched the hearts of thousands.
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