Victoria Derbyshire reunites with nurse who was her rock amid breast cancer treatment
Victoria Derbyshire has paid an emotional tribute to the nurse who helped her through her battle with breast cancer in her latest post.
The journalist, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2015 and underwent a mastectomy. Victoria reunited with the nurse who was by her side at her toughest moments during chemotherapy, and captured the happy meeting in a photo shared on Instagram on Wednesday.
The pair were seen in the snap smiling and tightly embracing in hospital, whilst stood in front of a Christmas tree.
Beside the photo, Victoria captioned: “Around this time 7 yrs ago I was halfway through chemo for breast cancer, had very little hair left & I wrote in my diary ‘I want this to be behind me now, I’ve had enough’.
“Nurse Outra Rooplal was a total rock & helped get me through. I just went to see her and…I love her”.
Victoria announced her diagnosis via a video diary and went on to document her journey through having a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
The presenter said the experience “changed my life”, as she felt afterwards a “joy and happiness at being alive” and said “yes to so many things.”
Two years after her treatment, Victoria took part in ITV’s The Real Full Monty, which raised awareness of cancer and urged viewers to get checked.
The series starred various celebrities, such as Megan McKenna, Coleen Nolan and Michelle Heaton, as they stripped off for the life-saving cause.
In 2020, Victoria joined I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and was described as “fearless” by her friend Helen Lederer during her time on the show.
Helen said at the time: “‘Bring it on’ has been Victoria’s mission statement.
"She asks a lot of herself, which we saw on the show. She expects to do well and doesn’t like to fail.”
Victoria, who is married to husband Mark Sandall with two teenage sons, has continued to bring awareness to breast cancer through her podcast And Then Came Breast Cancer, which launched last year.
Victoria told The Telegraph this month: “I literally owe my life to NHS staff”, as she discussed her choice to document her cancer journey.
She continued: “It was a no-brainer for me to document my cancer journey.
“I’m a journalist, I was entering a world that I knew nothing about so it was second nature to take viewers with me, whether that was to the consultant’s room or being wheeled down the corridor to theatre for my mastectomy.
“I wanted to break the taboo – back then people still referred to ‘the C-word’, can you believe it?”
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