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BBC journalist fights cancer for the third time
BBC journalist fights cancer for the third time

A BBC television journalist is fighting cancer for the third time, revealing in a weekend blog that doctors had delivered the news on Christmas Eve.

Former foreign correspondent Helen Fawkes has spoken of her shock in the news that she might only have months to live.

She was first diagnosed with cancer 11 years ago.

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports that a scan revealed a 9mm cancer on Ms Fawkes' ovaries.

"This is the third time I’ve been diagnosed with the disease," Ms Fawkes wrote in her blog.

"'I have advanced cancer, the kind you can never get rid of. All I can now is try to destroy each tumour every time I get one. I’m not terminally ill but I will die a lot sooner than I ever imagined.

"The crazy thing is that I feel so well and yet I might be dead by the summer.

"As you can imagine I’m utterly devastated. I feel upset, angry, emotional, sad…’s just so unfair. I cry so often especially when I break the news to someone. It’s all so traumatic. At times it seems like my head is going to explode as I have so many thoughts swirling around. Right now, the world seems pretty meaningless and irrelevant. Nothing really matters."

Since her first diagnosis Helen has been executing what she calls her 'List for Living'. Her rise and success as a foreign correspondent for the BBC came about as part of this personal project, the Daily Mail reported.

She now intends to publish a similary title book.

She wrote: "It’s a case of here we go again. It’s so frustrating after all I’ve been through.

"I know how I’m probably going to die and roughly when it’ll happen. It’s weird having a likely expiration date. I really hope my Best Before is at least 2023. But you know it’s not the years in your life that matter; it’s the life in your years.'

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