Sarah Cawood has opened up on her struggles with the symptoms of the menopause in a candid new video.
The TV personality, 50, took to Instagram on Tuesday to open up about the night sweats she’d been having and how it has impacted her sleep.
She said: ‘I had possibly the worst nights sleep since the kids were babies because of my night sweats. I must have been awake on the hour every hour, sweating.
Difficulties: Sarah Cawood has opened up on her struggles with the symptoms of the menopause in a candid new video
‘Sweat dripping down my cleavage and my legs. I’m done with it. I rang the doctors and said help me out of this horrible hell of menopause without HRT.
‘Other breast cancer sisters I feel you, it’s so hard. I’m rinsed, I could go to sleep right now I’m so tired. I just want to be a student and lie in bed and watch Netflix all day. But there are little people relying on me.’
She added: ‘Since I came off HRT I feel like I really aged, I don’t know if it’s the breast cancer, but my hair is thinning, I looked tired and old, my bones and joints ache. I just feel old.’
Candid: The TV personality, 50, took to Instagram on Tuesday to open up about the night sweats she’d been having and how it has impacted her sleep
Trying to stay positive, Sarah added: ‘I’ve definitely got to start exercising again, eat better and religiously take the supplements I am allowed to take.’
It comes after Sarah opened up on the positives of the menopause in a video to mark World Menopause Day earlier this month.
Wearing nothing but a bra and knickers, due to suffering from a hot flush, she spoke about the ‘liberating’ side of getting older.
She said that while there are many issues that can arise from going through the menopause, she didn’t want young women to fear it.
‘Liberating’: It comes after Sarah opened up on the positives of the menopause in a video to mark World Menopause Day earlier this month
She said: ‘It’s wonderful that we’re talking about this, but I have a small concern. Yes it can be miserable, but I do worry that the whole menopause rhetoric is becoming too negative and I hope we’re not scaring the younger women.
‘We definitely have to be sympathetic to know it can be a massively difficult process, we also need to point out that there are wonderful bits about being a menopausal woman.’
Sarah explained that she is much more ‘secure in her own skin’ and was ‘at peace’ since she’s gotten older.
Staying positive: She said that while there are many issues that can arise from going through the menopause, she didn’t want young women to fear it
She said: ‘We need to support people who are struggling, but we also need to tell people it can be a very liberating time.’
‘No more period pain, no more PMT, no more mood swings. Those things should be really embraced!’
She shared multiple playful videos to commemorate World Menopause Day, joking about her near naked attire and promoting her podcast Irregular B****es.
Joker: Wearing nothing but a bra and knickers, due to suffering from a hot flush, she spoke about the ‘liberating’ side of getting older
Captioning one clip, she wrote: ‘Unlike most of the doom-laden rhetoric you’re going to read today, Lou and I are laughing (well, *most* of the time) our way through this tricky transitional phase because in amongst all the bulletins about how miserable it can be (and we know it can be!), we also think that midlife should be embraced as we brilliant midlife women move from the chrysalis of mid-adulthood into the butterfly of mid-life…’
It comes after Cawood bravely showed off her lumpectomy scars earlier this month, with fans who are following her breast cancer journey.
Update: Sarah bravely showed off her lumpectomy scars earlier this month, with fans who are following her breast cancer journey
She shared a pixelated photograph of her breast and small scars on her chest, saying she was happy with the results just two weeks post-surgery.
‘Hoping the pixelation means I’m within the decency boundaries on Instagram,’ she began her post.
‘Two very neat scars. Post-lumpectomy by two weeks. Sharing so you can see how my journey is going.’
‘Still a blue tit,’ she added, referring to some bruising.
Sarah had two small scars on her chest.
A lumpectomy is surgery to remove cancer or infected tissue from the breast.
The size of tissue taken out depends on individual factors in each person, including the type of cancer, the size of breasts and size of the tumour.
Candid: Sarah is pictured following her lumpectomy last month
‘Two very neat scars. Post-lumpectomy by two weeks. Sharing so you can see how my journey is going,’ she wrote in her Instagram post
What is a lumpectomy?
-Surgery to remove cancer or infected tissue from the breast
-Also known as ‘breast-conserving surgery’ according to the NHS
-A portion of healthy tissue is taken out by doctors for further testing
-The size of tissue taken out depends on individual factors in each person, including the type of cancer, the size of breasts and size of the tumour
It comes after Sarah slammed online trolls who said that a recent interview she did about her cancer diagnosis was ‘pointless’.
The presenter revealed last month she’d been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer after doctors discovered a lump during her routine mammogram.
The Live And Kicking host took to her Instagram account to vent her fury and urged women to continue to get checked.
Sarah said she feels very lucky for all her support from her followers and friends.
Chatting on her phone while waiting to pick up her kids from school she began: ‘I am feeling very chipper, people are lovely and I’m completely over last weeks trolling.
‘Well they were more like keyboard warriors. I did block one of them.’
The fiery red head went on to explain her reasoning for banning the followers from her page saying: ‘The lady that said that my interview was pointless and offensive – do you know why I blocked her? Cause that is bull s**t.
‘I have had so many people tell me they have booked mammograms off the back of my diagnosis, so if one of those women get a breast cancer diagnosis how can that be offensive or pointless?
She ranted: ‘So f**k you, f**k you and the horse you rode in on. Climb back in your box b**h.’
Furious: Sarah recently slammed online trolls who said that a recent interview she did about her cancer diagnosis was ‘pointless’
Better times: Chatting on her phone while waiting to pick up her kids from school she began: ‘I am feeling very chipper, people are lovely and I’m completely over last weeks trolling’
The popular presenter then took a moment before signing off saying: ‘Thank you for being luscious people.’
The video comes after Cawood admitted she dreaded telling her children about her breast cancer diagnosis as the family were still grieving the loss of a friend who had died from the same disease last year aged 33.
Yet while she was determined not to ‘catastrophise’ her situation she was concerned son Hunter, 10, and daughter Autumn, nine, who she shares with husband Andy Merry would assume she’d suffer the same fate as their family friend.
Explanation: Sarah explained her reasoning for banning the followers from her page saying: ‘The lady that said that my interview was pointless and offensive – do you know why I blocked her? Cause that is bull s**t’
She explained on an episode of Loose Women last month: ‘Because of what happened to Fay last year, she was a school mum friend, and so we were so worried that they would just be like, “Oh well that’s it, mummy’s a goner”.
‘We explained to them it could be any of these things and what I said was let’s cross those bridges when we come to them.
‘I think we all catastrophise too much about life. Why worry about something that hasn’t actually happened yet. Try not to… There’s no point.’
Heartbreaking: Sarah was concerned son Hunter, 10, and daughter Autumn, nine, who she shares with husband Andy Merry would assume she’d suffer the same fate as their family friend
Discussing her diagnosis she recalled: ‘I was asked to have another [mammogram] screening and then I smelt a rat. There was a lump in my armpit so they did a biopsy, they were so thorough, I had an MRI. I had a pea sized lump and it was stage one.
‘It’s the very best result you can get, mine is hormone fed which is less aggressive.’
She continued: I had a lumpectomy last Wednesday and now I’m here. That’s how easy it is. It’s one day. That’s why nobody should be scared. Especially at my stage. It’s really quite straightforward.
Seeing the positives: Speaking on Tuesday’s Loose Women she confessed that she was determined not to worry or ‘catastrophise’ about her situation
Diagnosis: The presenter, 50, revealed earlier this month she’d been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer after doctors discovered a lump during her routine mammogram
‘I feel so lucky. I can’t cry into my gin, can I, when I’m Stage 1 and there are other people out there that may be Stage 3 or Stage 4 or they’ve been terminally diagnosed? That would be really unfair of me.
‘I want people to get checked and face whatever’s coming down the track head on and be there to help them.’
The presenter previously joked her condition was the ‘Carlsberg of breast cancers’ in reference to the popular ‘if Carlsberg did’ advertising campaigns of the early noughties.
She explained: ‘I think we all catastrophise too much about life. Why worry about something that hasn’t actually happened yet. Try not to… There’s no point’
She told The Sun: ‘The surgeon went, ”Can you see that? That’s a very small cancerous lump”. And I went, ”Oh, OK, is it aggressive?”.
‘And she said, ”No”.. And I went, ”Brilliant”… I was like, ”OK, so easily fixed?”, and she was like, ”Yes, not really much of a problem.”
‘It really is the Carlsberg of breast cancers. If you have to have it, this is the one to have. I feel really lucky.
‘There are people that really are up s**t creek without a paddle, who have cancer, and I am not that person.’
Sarah said: ‘I want people to get checked and face whatever’s coming down the track head on and be there to help them’
Sarah did admit that after coming off HRT, she has been struggling with the effects of the menopause, particularly hot flushes and memory loss.
Reflecting on her own career, Sarah admitted that had she bared all and posed for racy lads mags shoots, like her peer Denise Van Outen, she may have gotten more TV work.
Despite describing her breasts as ‘epic,’ the mother-of-two opted against posing for the shoots due to a ‘weird sense of propriety.’ adding her then-boyfriend Adam Devlin also stopped her from baring all.
Health update: Sarah did admit that after coming off HRT, she has been struggling with the effects of the menopause, particularly hot flushes and memory loss
Sarah rose to fame in the 90s for her presenting role on The Girlie Show, before hosting Live & Kicking, Top Of The Pops and the Eurovision Song Contest.
After many of her presenting jobs were axed or shelved, Sarah said her primary focus is motherhood and raising her two children, alongside hosting her menopause podcast Irregular B****es with pal Lou Mitchell.
In 2016 Sarah revealed she was just ‘24 hours from death’ when her C-section scar became twisted around her bowel and turned gangrenous.
Speaking on Loose Women she said: ‘I was 24 hours from death’, she declared, explaining that her internal organs got stuck to the scar, cutting off the blood supply and developing into septicemia.
Finally, twelve hours after she was admitted to A&E, Sarah ended up being operated on in surgery.
The former TV star recalled thinking, ‘I’m a goner’, when doctors discovered an obstruction in her stomach, initially believing it could have been an ectopic pregnancy or appendicitis.
‘I was frightened for my life’, she said. ‘But I didn’t know I nearly died until after the surgery. I felt blessed and I see my scar as a victory sign.’
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than two MILLION women a year
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. In the US, it strikes 266,000 each year and kills 40,000. But what causes it and how can it be treated?
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men though this is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast growing. High grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply ‘out of control’.
Although breast cancer can develop for no apparent reason, there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
How is breast cancer diagnosed?
- Initial assessment: A doctor examines the breasts and armpits. They may do tests such as a mammography, a special x-ray of the breast tissue which can indicate the possibility of tumours.
- Biopsy: A biopsy is when a small sample of tissue is removed from a part of the body. The sample is then examined under the microscope to look for abnormal cells. The sample can confirm or rule out cancer.
If you are confirmed to have breast cancer, further tests may be needed to assess if it has spread. For example, blood tests, an ultrasound scan of the liver or a chest x-ray.
How is breast cancer treated?
Treatment options which may be considered include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment. Often a combination of two or more of these treatments are used.
- Surgery: Breast-conserving surgery or the removal of the affected breast depending on the size of the tumour.
- Radiotherapy: A treatment which uses high energy beams of radiation focussed on cancerous tissue. This kills cancer cells, or stops cancer cells from multiplying. It is mainly used in addition to surgery.
- Chemotherapy: A treatment of cancer by using anti-cancer drugs which kill cancer cells, or stop them from multiplying
- Hormone treatments: Some types of breast cancer are affected by the ‘female’ hormone oestrogen, which can stimulate the cancer cells to divide and multiply. Treatments which reduce the level of these hormones, or prevent them from working, are commonly used in people with breast cancer.
How successful is treatment?
The outlook is best in those who are diagnosed when the cancer is still small, and has not spread. Surgical removal of a tumour in an early stage may then give a good chance of cure.
The routine mammography offered to women between the ages of 50 and 70 mean more breast cancers are being diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
For more information visit breastcancercare.org.uk, breastcancernow.org or www.cancerhelp.org.uk
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