Former Emmerdale actress, Lorraine Chase. has revealed that she wants to die at a clinic designed to aid people end their own lives, after revealing that she has already battled cancer twice!
Chase, who will be best known by Emmerdale fans for playing the role of Alan Turners daughter, Steph, has just had a growth removed from her face a few weeks ago, after working a full panto season whilst suffering from cancer.
This latest battle with the disease prompted the actress to reveal her previous triumph over it when she fought and won, against ovarian cancer, which she battled in secret.
Now Lorraine, who doctors say are hopeful will make a full recovery again, has chosent o speak out about her brave ordeal, telling the Mirror newspaper:
“I know this is going to sound strange but I have been thinking about going to Dignitas, or somewhere similar, so I can choose when I am going to go. I have survived cancer twice and I’m not afraid of it any more. But this is not about the cancer. It’s about wanting the best of the time I have left. I don’t want to hang around forever. I’ll sort out my affairs then say ‘toodle-pip’. I’ll have a big party… maybe on a cruise ship.”
It transpires that Lorraine who was made famous by her 1970s Campari’s funny “Luton Airport” TV ads, had developed the early stages of skin cancer before taking part in the 2011 reality series, I’m A Celebrity.
Speaking to the publication, she explained: “I’d had a spot under the skin on the bridge of my nose next to my left eye for about four years. It would rise up, then scab over. I started modelling at 16. Before I was famous I did bikini shoots for catalogues in places like Tenerife.
“We weren’t allowed sun cream on our faces because of the make-up. I got burnt a few times, I’m sure that didn’t help. My GP said it was psoriasis but looking back, I knew he’d got it wrong but it was petrifying so I ignored it.”
It would seem that cancer, in particular ovarian cancer which Lorraine suffered from previously in secret, as the actress’ mother was diagnosed with the same disease at the age of 50, as well as Lorraine’s partner, Johnny Knight passed away from lymphonia in 1997, of which she said:
“It was devastating to see my Johnny suffering. It’s a disgusting disease. I’d go and see him in intensive care.
“He looked so awful a nurse said: ‘Is that your dad?’. I said: ‘No, that’s my boyfriend.’ It was heartbreaking.”
Lorraine’s first illness was spotted by a doctor at a private clinic back in November, luckily whilst the cancer was in its early stages.
Lorraine says: “I went for a scan as I’d been having headaches and while I was there, he looked at the spot by my eye. He said it didn’t look good and did a biopsy. But I couldn’t bring myself to tell anyone.
“I went back a couple of days later. That was when he just told me straight: ‘It’s cancer.’ I realised there was no running from it.” It brought back memories of Lorraine’s first secret fight with cancer. She explains: “I’d been for a routine smear test 12 years earlier and the doctor told me he’d found abnormal cells.
“I was so scared, I bought a really expensive red hat to take my mind off it. It worked that day because the doctor told me things looked slightly better. I remember joking that it was because of my lucky red hat. But a few months later, my luck was out. I was told I had cancer.
“I felt like I had something alien eating me up from the inside. I felt really unclean. I didn’t tell anyone. I just couldn’t bear the idea of anyone worrying. Instead I went for the laser treatment. Luckily my next smear came back clear. I only told my family a few years later when my sister got the same illness.”
However, her latest diagnosis wasn’t as quick and the illness had been left, undetected, for four years.
Lorraine explained:“The doctor wanted to operate as soon as possible, but I was due to start panto season so I asked him to let me wait. He agreed. Bless.”
“I had to go to hospital and take someone as I was going under general anaesthetic.
“Suddenly I felt lonely. My friend Stuart noticed something was wrong, so I told him and he offered to come. It made me realise what great friends I have.”
“The cancer went so deep I had to go back in three times before they got the blighter. As soon as I got home I tucked myself up in bed with my teddy, Tedward, and thought to myself, ‘Chase, well done girl’. I had been so brave I treated myself to two tubs of ice cream.”
Now, three weeks after her procedure, Lorraine is recovering well, but still has two more check ups before she is given the all-clear, which makes Lorraine appreciate every day, and encourages her to make the most of her future:
“I want to learn to ride a motorbike, go to The Amazon and abseil down the Shard before I go. That’s not much to ask! I want to enjoy my life, do what I want, then go my own way.”
Watch Lorraine in action in the clip below: