The Radio 1 DJ shared in October last year that she’d been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
She underwent surgery to have her tumour removed, and now has a stoma – an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste (urine or faeces) to be diverted out of your body.
Reflecting on her journey so far, Adele, 43, explained: ‘Being diagnosed with cancer has meant I’ve learned to appreciate my body; be grateful that it works; be grateful they found the tumour in time to remove it and be grateful (that modern medicine means I can) have a stoma.’
As she covered Women’s Health, Adele added to the magazine: ‘I feel like I love my body more than ever.’
She went on to say that she tries not to let it beat her mentally.
The star has been open about her battle with cancer and recently shared that she’s waiting for a scan in six weeks which, she’s hoping, will show that she’s cancer-free.
On Wednesday’s Loose Women, Adele joined the panel as a guest to talk about her treatment, having completed chemo earlier this week.
She said that it had been an ‘amazing week’, saying: ‘It feels wonderful to be here with you ladies. On Monday I had my final batch of chemotherapy.’
Three of the main symptoms of bowel cancer, the NHS outlines, are ‘persistent blood in your poo, a persistent change in your bowel habit and persistent lower abdominal (tummy) pain, bloating or discomfort’.
It’s recommended that patients should seek advice from their GP if their symptoms last for at least three weeks.
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