Former Celebrity Big Brother star James Whale has revealed his heartbreak as his wife of nearly 50 years is dying from lung cancer.
The TALKradio host has spoken out about his agony just 12 weeks after his wife’s terminal diagnosis.
Melinda, 68, has been told she only has months to live.
"Melinda has stage four long cancer, it is terminal. She is not expected to live very long, it may be weeks or months," James, 66, told the Daily Mail .
"She is having treatment, and I can’t give up that last glimmer of hope," he admitted.
"But the doctors say I have to face facts. She is dying. The though of losing her is so painful, it is difficult to even contemplate."
Melinda – who doesn’t smoke and is a vegetarian – went to her GP in September after feeling generally unwell and suffering with a cough.
"I thought it was just a virus but the doctor found an infection in my lower, left lung and ear. I was prescribed antibiotics and sent home," she said.
The antibiotics didn’t help and she was prescribed another course before she was sent for a chest X-ray.
She was told she needed further tests before she was told it was cancer in December.
"It’s in my bones, my spine and my lymph glands. It’s gone ping, all over the place," she said.
"It was such a huge shock.
"You’re talking three months from perfect health to now, when I sleep almost 24 hours a day. It certainly crept up on me."
Now James is caring for his wife nearly full time as she is in constant agony and struggles to walk and talk.
He has now moved his radio studio to his home in Kent so he can work while caring for his wife.
She is undergoing immunotherapy to boost her body’s natural defences to fight the cancer.
The couple – who are parents to James, 47, and Peter, 45 – now hope she makes it to their 48th wedding anniversary on March 10th.
"At this point, there is no fighting it. The treatment they are giving me, at best, will delay my death by a year," she said.
"If I don’t have any treatment at all, I will be dead by March or April."
James admitted: "I’d just rather she wasn’t going to die quite as quickly. I wished I was going to go first. I would switch places with her in a heartbeat."