Ex-BBC and XFM radio host Michelle Mullane has died at the age of 50.
The media personality tragically lost her battle with Stage Four colon cancer on Christmas Eve after battling the disease for over a year.
When first diagnosed in June 2019, Michelle was told that she would only live six months, but would instead fight her way through treatment for 18 months.
Tragic loss: Ex-BBC and XFM radio host Michelle Mullane has died at the age of 50
Just a week ago, she shared a touching video on Instagram that she shot from her bedroom window of her friends gathering outside her house singing Christmas carols in front of her.
Michelle was unable to leave the house for the last two months of her life because she "was in excruciating pain for almost six weeks."
She reported last week that the pain was "finally under control" but sadly died the night before Christmas.
Her close friend, comedian Jason Manford, paid tribute to Michelle on social media three days after her death.
Always smiling: Michelle is pictured as the presenter of her radio show on XFM
Brave to the end: The media personality tragically lost her battle with Stage Four colon cancer on Christmas Eve after battling the disease for over a year
He wrote: “I just found out that my dear friend and ex-BBC Manchester presenter Michelle Mullane sadly passed away on Christmas Eve.
“I have so many fond memories of Michelle when I started standing up in the late 1990s. Michelle was the first person to put me on the air, and we spent many evenings laughing, flirting, and joking over beers. on air and off. We drank millions of cups of tea! & # 39;
Jason went on to talk about Michelle's show: "Michelle Around Midnight was one of the few shows that you could join, get paid for, and just be yourself without having to be a big TV name.
Friends to the End: A week ago, she shared a touching video on Instagram that she shot from her bedroom window of her friends gathered outside her house singing Christmas carols in front of her
Emotional: In her last post, she tearfully filmed her friends singing to her while watching with Liv from her bedroom window before Christmas
"She's been an amazing supporter of new talent and gave so many of us northern comedians a leg at a time when it felt like you weren't in London if you didn't stand a chance."
“She has supported me and many others since then. She will be missed very much by so many people, not least her little daughter Liv.
“She just sent me a message the other day congratulating me on Royal Variety and saying how proud she was of me. For over a year we have been trying to organize a charity gig that has been postponed due to Covid to support Kidney Cancer UK & Bowel Cancer Research.
"The second we are able, I will 100% make sure this is done on your behalf, Michelle!" (sic)
Wonderful Woman: She valiantly raised money for Cancer Research UK during her struggle and wrote about her treatment on her personal blog, SK9 Cheshire
Treatment: She was treated at Christie in Manchester after her diagnosis
Michelle was the mother of Liv Winter, 23, and lived in Alderly Edge.
She valiantly raised money for Cancer Research UK during her struggle and wrote about her treatment on her personal blog, SK9 Cheshire.
Michelle had started chemotherapy. She also had a stent in place to push the tumor aside and said she felt "extremely grateful" over the summer after living beyond her prognosis.
In her recent Instagram posts, she documented the double blood transfusions she went through, thanking those who donate blood and calling them "lifesaving for so many".
Tribute: Her close friend comedian Jason Manford paid tribute to Michelle on social media three days after her death
He wrote, “Michelle was the first person to put me on the air, and we spent many evenings laughing, flirting, and joking over beers. on air and off. We drank millions of cups of tea! & # 39;
She stated that she was looking forward to having a little more spring in my crotch.
In her last post, she tearfully filmed her friends singing to her while watching with Liv from her bedroom window before Christmas.
Daughter Liv announced the tragic news with a heartbreaking post on Instagram. Michelle dies on Christmas Eve at the East Cheshire Hospice. Hundreds of honors have poured in since then.
She wrote: & # 39; My beautiful mother. My mom taught me a lot, she held my hand in times of excitement and pride, she led me to the end, she yelled at teachers and had my back (although I was actually just a little bit crazy and they didn't) nothing do), she had an energy … an energy that words don't do justice.
Gone Early: Michelle was the mother of Liv Winter, 23, and lived in Alderly Edge
“A quick joke and an intelligence that gave it an unrestricted quality that can only be found in the rarest of stars. Her warmth allowed me to confide in one of my problems … and I mean EVERYTHING, even the ones that many people don't tell their mom about.
“She had a laugh that filled the whole room, she was my greatest supporter and forever made me believe that I could and still can achieve anything. She was my best friend. I can still feel it and I always will.
& # 39; Unfortunately, I announce the death of my mother with immense sadness, she walked peacefully and gracefully at the East Cheshire Hospice 24/12/20 around 9:30 p.m.
“My mother made it her business to fight cancer with a positive attitude that is full of faith and strength. She has shared her story publicly in hopes of helping others around the world. That's exactly what she did. After reading the post, please take this to hug your loved ones, enjoy every moment (even those that have been overlooked), drink this wine!
Last week: In her last Instagram posts, she documented the double blood transfusion, thanking those who donate blood and calling it "lifesaving for so many".
Liv wrote in a heartbreaking post, “Pick up a glass of red for our me tonight. I love you mom, I see you in the stars and I feel you in the air, I love you, I love you, I love you. Olivia x & # 39;
In one of my last conversations with my mother she said to me, “At least I won't have to pay my phone bill at the end of this month.” My mother's wit and charisma stayed with me until the end. Please don't write me your apologies and yours Think about them.
“I have an army of people who surround and support me, who one can only wish for in this sense. Instead, please comment on either a <3, a favorite memory you had with my mom, or possibly a photo I didn't see of her.
“Have a glass of red for our me tonight. I love you mom, I see you in the stars and I feel you in the air, I love you, I love you, I love you. Olivia x & # 39; (sic)
If you are affected by this story, contact Grief UK on 01234 862217 or visit Traueruk.org
Colon cancer: what are the symptoms and how common are they in young people?
Colon cancer – sometimes referred to as colon or rectal cancer – is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the UK. Most of them develop the disease over the age of 60.
However, cancer rates are increasing in younger adults, with more than 2,500 people under 50 diagnosed each year.
Two studies published last May found that the number of colon cancer cases in 30 to 39-year-olds increased by up to 7.3 percent each year between 2005 and 2014.
Despite the recent increase, "the incidence in people under the age of 50 is still very low in absolute terms," Professor Stephen Duffy, an expert in cancer screening at Queen Mary University in London, told the Science Media Center.
For example, the increase between 2004 and 2014 was 267 additional cases of colon cancer in people aged 30 to 39 years.
An average of only three teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 are diagnosed with an illness each year.
The thyroid, cervix, intestines, and ovaries are the most common types of cancer in women between the ages of 14 and 24 – although it is rare for people under the age of 25 to even develop cancer.
Under 25s accounted for less than one percent of all new cancer cases in the UK between 2015 and 2017.
The exact cause of colon cancer is unknown, but people may be at higher risk if they are overweight, smoke, drink alcohol, or have a family history of the disease.
It can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. The earlier it is diagnosed, the better a patient's chances of survival.
- Persistent blood in your feces
- A persistent change in your bowel habits
- Persistent abdominal pain, gas, or discomfort
Source: Cancer research
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