It’s been nine years since Jade Goody lost her battle to cervical cancer.
The brave Big Brother star died on March 22, 2009, at the age of just 27.
But the mother-of-two, whose sons Bobby, 14, and Freddie, 13, are being raised by their dad Jeff Brazier, candidly spoke about her battles with the disease back in 2008.
Jade said she wasn’t embarrassed to talk about her ordeal after she was diagnosed earlier that year.
By the time she gave this account, she’d had a hysterectomy in a bid to stop the cancer spreading and was given a 50/50 chance of survival.
Sharing her story in December 2008, just months before she sadly died, Jade said: "I will NOT be a cancer victim. I will NOT let cancer be the better of me.
"I will always be better than cancer. I will always be the stronger thing.
"There’s a cancer cell and there is me. I will always be stronger than the cancer cell – ‘cos I need to live."
Jade rose to fame when she took part in big Brother in 2002.
Such was her shine, that she even went on to become a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.
She was caught up in a racism row after arguing with Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, making a number of public apologies after leaving the house.
The following August, she appeared on the Indian version of the show, dubbed Big Boss, but left early to return to the UK after learning of her cancer diagnosis.
She married partner Jack Tweed just one month before she died.
Here’s her cancer story in her own words…
Speaking in her usual no-nonsense style about the toll that fighting the disease had taken on her body, Jade still managed to raise a smile and joked: "I look like a nutcase.
"I don’t mind if some say you don’t look very well because I am not well if I am looking like that. I don’t look like a beauty pageant but I look better than I did and today I feel all right. I look like Henry the hedgehog."
Jade had been visiting the world-famous Royal Marsden cancer hospital in London for regular radiotherapy sessions.
But she admitted that even when the treatment was over she coudn’t forget about it.
She said: "Radiotherapy is really quick.
"It’s just going in the hospital, lying on a bed and having a machine go all the way around you going ‘aaooohhhh’.
"The thing that makes me think that great, I have to go get it, is that fact that I have to drive an hour up and an hour back just for three minutes, but those three minutes could save my life."
Wiping away a tear, Jade went on to describe the emotional and physical pain she endured and the complete loss of any personal dignity.
She said: "I am not in pain but the radiotherapy gurgles in my stomach.
"One of the side effects is that it just comes on and gurgles in my stomach and I need to go to the toilet. It’s the worst thing in the world – in fact the most embarrassing thing in the world."
And speaking of more distressing side-effects Jade continued: "You feel a little bit of a burning sensation but nothing major.
"But the side-effects are sickness, diarrhoea and burns around the back of my bum and I get quite dark patches. It just takes it outta you.
"I can’t have any bubbles in the bath, I do put a little bit of stuff in there, it’s an oil but I don’t have the bath properly as cold as they would like me to.
"Sometimes you get really horrible sensations in your private parts and your bottom…sorry.
"Normally I can run the hot tap and it will be like nice and smoky and hot but this is more cold than hot.
"The reason for that is because my skin around my private area gets really sensitive and can peel off. They’ve given me like a douche and it’s a bottle.
"At the top of the bottle it is like a long thing with holes in it and you squeeze it in you because you can’t have any products to clean with.
"However I couldn’t use that thing because it hurt a bit too much so they told me to use the shower head.
"And when I say shower head, I mean I turn the shower on and spray the area.
"Oh my goodness, you see there’s a lot that happens that no one knows about."
And talking about her hysterectomy, Jade revealed how the drastic operation left her feeling more like a childless teenager than a 27-year-old mum.
She said: "I just feel like I am a 27-year-old in a 15-year-old’s body.
"I had an operation that took my womb out. And the back of the womb was infected.
"But because your treatment is a lot more intense I have got to have the hormone testosterone. It will keep energy and something up."
The outspoken star conducted her frank interview during the filming of her fly-on-the-wall TV reality show Jade on the LIVING channel.
She said: "Getting cancer at such a young age with two kids and having no control just makes me think I don’t care what people think about me or what they say or how they judge me.
"I feel better when I talk about it. And I think being told you have got something which you have got no control over and being so young must be the same with an old person too."
Jade admitted that the one good thing to come from her cancer battle was how much she no longer took her life for granted.
She said: "I never actually appreciated my life because I didn’t think I actually had to. I appreciate everything – I have got my beautiful kids and my house and my job.
"I appreciate that but I have never appreciated living. You don’t actually think that you have to.
"Living is a thing that you do once but no matter how many mistakes you make and how many things you do wrong and how many people you hurt along the way, you are only going to live once.
"If you are a good person you will know that and learn from that.
"The things that are most important to me are the normal day-to-day things, doing the school run, getting up in the morning and doing their breakfast and then taking them to school and going home and tidying up and doing the food, just being a mum.
"I am usually going at 10 to the dozen really fast, running around, and I have to realise that my body doesn’t do that any more."
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