TV star Denise Welch tragically lost her mother to cancer in 2012, and she has opened up about the upsetting experience in a new video.
Denise starred in a video for Cancer Research UK’s YouTube page, where she spoke about being “lucky” to have so much time with her mum.
She said: “We lost her five years ago but she was originally diagnosed with cancer 20 years before she died.”
Denise’s mum Annie was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 1991 and was given just one year to live, but was then diagnosed with the same illness a second time in 2001.
Denise broke down in tears when she spoke about the moment her mum passed away.
She explained: “She just went to sleep and it was very peaceful. She kept coming round and my sister was there and the kids were all there, and we just really hugged her.
“She just took her final breathe and she was gone.”
She continued: “It was really quite beautiful in a way, because we were all together.”
She opened up about struggling with life without her beloved mum.
She revealed: “The hardest thing about losing mum is just that she’s not at the end of the phone. She was always my go-to person. I miss her every day.
“I was lucky to have the mum that I did and that I had mum until I was in my 50’s, with someone who had lived with cancer for that length of time.
“If it wasn’t for Cancer Research I wouldn’t have had my mum for an extra 20 years.”
Denise also spoke fondly of her mum and how much people loved her.
She said: “Mum had the ability to change the atmosphere in a room when she walked in. People gravitated towards mum. They wanted to talk to her, they wanted to be with her.
“It made me very proud to say ‘this is my mum’.”