Fans of Celebrity Big Brother will no doubt recall that former EastEnders star Martin Kemp took part in the show last year, finishing in third place while comedian Julian Clary went on to win…
But during his time on the show, Martin gave little hint about the fact that he lives with the knowledge that he might at any time learn that the brain tumours, with which he was diagnosed in 1995, could return and be inoperable.
And in fact, during an interview with Weekend magazine this week, Martin explained that during the last operation to remove the tumours, medics told him there was a portion of one that they couldn’t take out, so consequently, it has to be closely monitored for any potentially dangerous growth.
He explained, “They couldn’t get it so had to work out a way of zapping it over two and a half years.
“It was a horrible time. Even today it’s one week at a time.
“The second tumour was the worst. They can’t get rid of it all. So you monitor it and hope it doesn’t grow back.
“You never know what’s round the corner.”
Martin went on to reveal that he was first alerted to his illness while he was working in Canada.
He explained, “The make-up people were putting a bald cap on me when they found a huge lump on the back of my head.
“The next day I was in hospital having it chopped out. It was a bit like a car crash, it was all so quick.
“It does horrible things to your mind…
“When I first came round after the operation I was convinced I was dying and everybody around me was lying to me.
“For a few months I was convinced I was dying. It was the awful – the drugs, everything. I was completely tripping.”
Let’s just pray that the tumour stays in abeyance and Martin can one day make a full recovery.
Here’s a reminder of his recent appearance on The Jonathan Ross show with his brother Gary…