Loose Women star Andrea McLean has said a fear of dying has made her live life to the full.
The presenter, 48, was diagnosed with blood disease medium vessel vasculitis following a hysterectomy in 2016.
Andrea said the whole experience was a “wake-up call” for her.
The star told The Mirror: “When you think life is coming to an end, you’ve never wanted to live so much.
“I’ve been given a second chance and I’m not going to waste it. There’s a lesson for everyone there. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t give up.”
Andrea had a consultation after her 2016 hysterectomy operation and doctors told her she had medium vessel vasculitis, which causes blood vessels to inflame and can stop blood going to organs.
Speaking about the condition, Andrea revealed: “It made me re-evaluate things. I suppose you could say it was a wake-up call.
“I wrote down a list of ambitions that I hadn’t pushed myself towards through fear or lack of confidence.
“I needed to face up to the reality I held myself back subconsciously because I was scared.”
The Mirror reported doctors removed an affected area and after months of tests Andrea was given the all-clear.
Back in February, Andrea opened up about her health scare on Loose Women and admitted she was too scared to go to the doctors for follow-up tests.
During a discussion on health and delaying going to the doctors, Andrea said: “When I had my hysterectomy they found out that I had this disease vasculitis, which is very rare and not many people know about, but I’m meant to be tested every year and I don’t want to.”
Fellow panellist Linda Robson asked Andrea: “Have you still not been?”
The star replied: “No, I don’t want to, everything is really nice now, what if they tell me something awful?”
Andrea has been very open about her health struggles and has also opened up about going through the menopause, writing a book, Confessions of a Menopausal Woman.
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