EastEnders Samantha Womack on how cancer helped her fall in love with her body

EastEnders Samantha Womack on how cancer helped her fall in love with her body

Samantha Womack shared the news with OK! last month that she is cancer-free, telling us that her lumpectomy was successful.

And speaking about her recovery the former EastEnders actress explained that she "really likes" her surgery scar that she is now left with.

"I really like my scar actually,” the 50 year old told us. “It’s just under my arm and it’s really straight. I really like the fact that it’s straight.”

Sam admitted she has now "fallen in love" with her body and is planning to do everything to be healthy in 2023.

“I’ve always been physically very strong, luckily, I’ve never had to suffer any other illnesses,” she explained.

“My immune system is always really strong, so I think that made me lazy when it came to checking other things. It’s almost like now I’ve fallen in love with my body a bit more than I was before – I don’t take it for granted as much as I did.

“I’m looking forward to getting to Spain and working out and walking and just taking a breath every now and then. As a working mum, I spent a long time stressing and rushing around and didn’t ever stop to breathe and I’m determined to take that time.”

While she remains cancer-free and is waiting to hear whether she'll need any further preventative treatment in the form of chemotherapy this year, she is pragmatic about it.

"If I do [need it], I do," she said matter-of-factly. "At this moment I’m so grateful to have got it out and to have caught it early, so whatever I need to do to make sure it doesn’t come back is what I’ll do.

“I have no fear of losing my hair – that’s OK! If I feel tired – that’s OK! I’m surrounded by stories of people that deal with it so elegantly. I’m determined to do the same if I can.”

Sam enjoyed some family time over the Christmas period with boyfriend Oliver Farnworth, her two children, Benjamin, 21, and Lily, 17, and her ex-husband Mark Womack. She described the blended Christmas as “really special” and said it was a good opportunity to “stay present and in the moment”.

And as she looks to the year ahead is keen to raise awareness for the disease.

“A friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas and so she came to me for a little bit of advice. And I thought, ‘What’s the best thing I can say?’' she told us.

“I said ,’There is no one place your mind sits. Sometimes you’re scared, strong, cynical, sometimes you’re angry, sometimes you’re just plain tired, there’s so many different emotions that you feel.’

"I guess it’s almost like getting to the end of a rollercoaster ride and then you can finally settle a little bit. I think for me, at the moment, I’m just so grateful. Every moment feels incredibly beautiful to me and my heart feels so full.”

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