As fans of chat show host Jeremy Kyle will know, he only revealed that he has been fighting cancer after he’d received treatment – which included having a testicle removed and chemotherapy – a matter of days ago…
However, the brave star has now begun filming for The Jeremy Kyle show again, but in today’s Sun, Jeremy has revealed that he almost didn’t seek treatment, having initially put down his worries about a lump he found to “paranoia.”
Jeremy explained that he found the lump in December after flying home to the UK from New York, where he’d been filming the second series of his show’s US version.
He said, “I got back on December 17 and had a fantastic day with my wife Carla and the children…
“I was in the shower next morning and thought I found something unusual.
“I thought to myself I should probably get it checked and made an appointment with my GP for the following afternoon.”
However, Jeremy didn’t go to see his doctor because his daughter was visiting.
He said, “Hattie was visiting from Australia and we were having such a good time I thought, ‘I can’t be bothered with that doctor’s appointment’.
“I thought I was just being paranoid anyway.”
However, Jeremy did subsequently visit his GP and the cancer diagnosis was made “within hours.”
Of the shock news and the treatment he’s received, Jeremy said, “It’s been a horrific time — a very sobering experience — but now I just feel lucky to be alive.
“I feel lucky that I’m here for my family and can see my kids grow up.”
He added, “Cancer is just one little word but, when you hear it, it turns your whole life upside down.
“To be honest, I thought, ‘That’s it, I’m dead’. The telephone call I then made to Carla was one of the most difficult of my life.
“She says she doesn’t know how she didn’t collapse on the drive.”
He continued, “I was whisked straight in for a scan of my organs. I kept thinking, ‘Twenty minutes ago I was fine and on my way to film a show, now I’m lying here in a hospital gown’.
“The night before my op I ate loads — ice cream, spaghetti, all my favourites. It was weird. It was like I thought, ‘I might as well, who knows what’ll happen tomorrow’?
“Carla walked me to the door of the operating theatre. I lay on the bed for what seemed like an eternity and then these two anaesthetists walked in and I started crying.
“I remember the last thing I said to them was, ‘I bet there are millions of people who would think it was brilliant that Jeremy Kyle was lying here like this now’.
“When I came round I was in agony. They had removed my left testicle, but I couldn’t have cared less about that.
“When you hear that word cancer, it just cancels everything else out. Who cares if I would only have one ball?”
Of the chemotherapy he underwent, Jeremy said, “Two days after the chemo I felt terrible, like I had a permanent migraine and had been shot in every limb.
“I was knackered, starving. The doctor explained that was because I had essentially been poisoned.”
He added, “This experience has changed me. Although I am jumping with joy to have beaten this thing, it makes you realise what’s really important.
“I’m not saying I got cancer because I worked too hard — but last year I filmed 359 shows.
“Going through this has made me realise how important the work-life balance is. Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. The whole experience has knocked me for six.
“Carla and I still talk for hours about how I was in New York filming, oblivious the whole time that I was walking around with cancer.”
And finally, of his life post-op, Jeremy said, “I’m sort of paranoid that everyone will be glancing at my trousers to see if they can spot anything different.
“But do you know what — at the end of the day, who cares?
“I’d rather a prosthetic testicle if it means I’m around to see my kids grow up.”
Well said Jeremy!
Here’s a reminder of him in action on his show…