The beloved TV star tells her fans she has “chosen the date I will die” and is planning to stop chemotherapy treatment in November and spend one last Christmas with her family.
Tragic Lynda has been keeping the fact that her cancer is terminal a secret, despite reassuring fans last year that her bowel cancer diagnosis was not terminal.
However, the popular 66 year-old actress’s cancer has spread to her lungs and her liver and even though she has undergone an intense course of chemotherapy, the cancer has taken hold and doctors have told her nothing can now be done.
Lynda told her fans in her memoir: “I’ve only got weeks to live – so I’ve picked the date I’ll die. I would love to make one more Christmas, if possible, but I want to stop taking chemo around November in order to pass away by the end of January.
“It was such a relief to say those words. Please don’t think I am giving up for the sake of a few ulcers, its the fact my body has started to rot, and I promised myself as soon as that happened I would make a plan. I want my family to remember me whole. I want you all to remember me. I would like to stop having chemo and let the natural way do its thing,” she added. It has been a rather fast deterioration over the past couple of weeks, and bizarrely it has been the desire to finish this book that has both spurred me on and finished me off.”
In a heart-rending passage from her new autobiography, “There’s Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You,” Lynda describes how she hugged the oncologist who told her she was not going to die: “It’s the mantra I’ve repeated every day to myself.” Lynda goes on to say how she was determined to fight and recover from what she saw as a “temporary blip.”
Lynda, who found fame as Helen Herriot in the TV small “All Creatures Great And Small” secured her place in British hearts as the long-suffering “Oxo Mum.” Later in her career she has been on the popular daytime TV show “Loose Women” as well as “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Lynda’s own sister, Barbara, died from lung cancer and Lynda has become a passionate supporter of both Cancer Research UK and Macmillan. Writing on Macmillan’s website about her sister’s death, she says: “Barbara’s diagnosis was terminal but still, she took all the treatment she was offered, I imagine for the sake of her dear husband David and their two children. The news must have broken their world.”
Now Lynda is facing the same situation and wants to make the most of the time she has left with her husband, property developer Michael Pattemore and her two sons, 31 year-old Michael and Robbie, 26. Speaking about her sister, Lynda, who received an OBE in March, said: “I have so much to thank her for… Her death made me want to live. I wanted to grab Michael and hold on to him tightly and never let him go. Even so, nothing quite prepares you for being told you have cancer.”