British pop singer Michelle Heaton is currently on the mend from her recent decision to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering she had an 85 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.
After spending much of last week in the hospital following the procedure, the 33-year-old mama opens up about “the hardest part” about recovering from the life-changing surgery – not being able to pick up or hold her nearly 1-year-old daughter Faith.
“[My husband] Hugh brought Faith in to see me the morning after the op, but only for 20 minutes as she’s so active and I couldn’t do anything, not even hug her, ” she writes in her weekly diary for Closer magazine. “It’s the hardest thing in the world not being able to hold your child and it was awful because she could obviously sense something was wrong”
“To see her waving as she left was heartbreaking,” she adds.
The star’s decision to undergo the surgery came after her father Christopher found out that he carried the BRCA2 gene earlier this year – coupled with the facts that several of her family members have battled breast cancer – and that she herself was a carrier of the same cancer-causing gene.
“I just think that preventative surgery is the best option for me,” she bravely revealed at the time of discovery. I’ll do whatever it takes to be here for my child – that’s the bottom line.”
Michelle’s husband Hugh Hanley has been his wife’s biggest supporter.
“Nothing but admiration for my wife @wonderwomanshel,” he writes on his Twitter page. “It’s been a tough year starting with an emergency C section then getting loop recorder on her heart & now a double mastectomy.”
“But she has never once felt sorry 4herself &her first question is always is Faith ok? #Inspirational,” he adds.