The last 36 hours have been unexpected, bizarre and awesome.
I knew that to coincide with World Cancer Day the lovely Cancer Research UK were going release the latest shocking statistic that 1 in 2 of us will now be effected by cancer, which I have written about here. I also knew CRUK were going to include my name (along with others) as a possible person to talk to the press, but I had no idea just how exciting it was going to turn out to be.
Before I had cancer, although I would have loved the thought of appearing on TV, I would have probably let nerves get the better of me or the thought of it being too much trouble with getting the kids sorted etc… But since cancer I just think – when is the next time I am going to be asked to do this? Probably never, so why not just get involved and thoroughly enjoy it and that is exactly what I did.
On Tuesday evening a film crew came and film the kids and I for a news segment on Good Morning Britain. They asked a lot more questions than what they showed and there were a number of retakes, mainly because when you ask a 3-year-old to be quiet what they actually hear is; make as much noise as possible and keep interrupting mummy. But they wanted ‘real-life’ and that is most definitely real life! 🙂
Next it was confirmed that I would be on the Good Morning Britain sofa with the beautiful Susanna Reid (who looks like a doll in real-life – so beautiful and friendly), Kate Garraway (who I now know likes her hair to be brushed with a brush, not a comb) and Dr Hilary Jones (who in real life is possibly the nicest man ever). I was so excited. I have seen that sofa, how many times (?) so to actually be on the show was completely surreal.
A car collected me at 5am – yes 5am – and I was taken to the ITV studios on South Bank, London. They did my hair and make-up. I got to meet all the presenters, who all seemed genuinely lovely. The studio itself was amazing, smaller than I imagined and no, that is not the real view of London behind the sofa or desk, just a screen. It was over so quickly, I didn’t feel like I got half of what I wanted to say across but that’s just the way it was and I still can’t actually believe I got to go on that sofa.
You can watch the interview by clicking on the picture below….
After appearing on the sofa they organised a car to bring me home and I went straight to meet a friend for coffee in the same place I go nearly every day for coffee and order the exact same thing. When I walked in the barista said “I saw you on TV, I was shouting at my husband – ‘It’s medium-vanilla-latte lady on TV'” Hilarious.
Lastly I was asked if ITV News could come and film me and the kids again for the evening news. Because time was of the essence not only did the reporter and cameraman come, they had a gigantic news truck come too so that they could edit and transmit the recording to get it all sorted in time for the news. Good know’s what the neighbours much have thought.
You can watch the new segment by clicking on the picture below….
On top of all of that I had some wonderful friends write my name on their hands as the person they are Uniting for as part of the Cancer Research #WeWillUnite campaign, so a massive thank you to them and everyone for their support with the campaign xx
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