The popular star of TV smash Springwatch, Michaela Strachan, has been forced to make an agonising decision.
A routine mammogram of the 48 year-old TV star’s breasts revealed that she had breast cancer. Rather than risk the spreading of the deadly disease, Michaela was forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her life.
However, when Michaela was advised by doctors that her best chance of survival was to undergo a double mastectomy, the Springwatch star had her breasts removed surgically, rather than risk the cancer spreading to other parts of her body.
The 48 year-old TV star, who rose to fame on CBBC’s Really Wild Show, said she was devastated by the news, especially as she had striven to be fit and healthy:
“The tears started to roll as my doctor tried to tell me what would happen next but I only took in every fifth word or so. The one word that registered was cancer.”
With compelling honesty, Michaela has revealed that her breasts were too small to sustain a lumpectomy as an operation of that nature would have left them deformed; instead, she took the incredibly brave decision to have her breasts removed in an effort to save her life.
Pragmatic Michaela is confident that she made the correct decision: “My breasts have never been a big part of my personality – they have always been rather average 34Bs. I didn’t think I felt too emotional about losing them. But knowing I would in the next few days I found myself wearing tight tops and celebrating them.”
Michaela is still making television in the UK, but her home life is based in South Africa, where she lives with her partner Nick Chevallier, their nine year-old son Ollie and Nick’s three children from a previous relationship.
The Springwatch star has reconstructive surgery scheduled shortly and is exhorting other women to ensure they have regular mammograms: “If I’d put mine off, my story would have been a very different one. As it is I’ve had a tough year and an emotional journey but I’m not fighting for my life.”