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Nicki Chapman has revealed that her brain tumour has mysteriously ‘disappeared’.
The Escape To The Country host said she was left gobsmacked when doctors told her that a new scan had shown that the tumour was gone.
After the 55-year-old was diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour, only part of it could be removed in 2019 because it was too dangerous to take out completely.
The presenter was warned that surgery posed the risk of permanent loss of speech, sight or movement.
Nicki has had regular scans since the diagnosis, but after her most recent one, she learned that the tumour had seemingly vanished.
She told the White Wine Question Time podcast that she received the surprising news during a phone call from her consultant while filming her TV show.
Nicki opened up about the annual scan, which was conducted in October (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
She said: ‘I haven’t actually shared this with anybody but back in October I was having my yearly scan with my fantastic consultant.
‘He knows I adore him. I tell him regularly in front of my husband how much I adore him and the NHS that looked after me and continue to look after me so well.’
Nicki recalled that her doctor rang her to update her on her latest scans while she was standing in a field filming Escape To The Country.
The crew ‘moved away’ as they knew that she was receiving a call to give her privacy.
‘My amazing consultant rang me and said, “The tumour, Nicki, has gone. For the moment it’s disappeared,”…I get a bit teary just thinking about it – and they don’t know why.
The presenter described the news as ‘life-changing’ (Picture: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
‘Obviously I have still got to be monitored because these things have habits of changing. But we take the good when we can. Always look for the win in every situation.’
The presenter outlined how at the moment, the tumour is ‘gone’ with ‘no trace’, adding: ‘Just the scar tissue – and so the NHS will keep monitoring me and I will happily go to every appointment that they ask me to go to.’
She added that the news was ‘life-changing’ to receive, adding that she feels ‘fortunate’ as ‘so many people sadly’ go through similar situations.
Nicki first realised she was ill while working on her BBC property programme when she went to do her usual voiceover, but couldn’t remember the name of the executive producer, who she had known for 15 years.
She later said: ‘I came back and did a photoshoot and couldn’t see, I did a voiceover and I couldn’t speak, nothing would come out. It lasted about five to 10 minutes.’
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