Emmerdale actress Leah Bracknell has revealed she has turned to trial drugs to fight her lung cancer.
The Zoe Tate star, 54, feels “amazing” since beginning the round of treatment two months ago, a time when she struggled to breathe or walk.
And although Leah will soon undergo scan to determine whether she can continue with the trial – having been turned down for two other experimental procedures previously – the soap favourite is grateful for what she feels are improvements in her quality of life and hopes for the future every day.
Writing in her ‘Something Beginning With C’ blog that she feels “transformed”, Leah noted: “Commencing the trial has coincided with a whole new chapter, a summer of adventure, joy and healing, woven together by a daily pilgrimage in celebration and gratitude for life.
“Each day, little by little I feel better and better. I feel blessed.”
Adding she is making a conscious choice not to ponder over “the creeping terror of what ifs”, Leah detailed how she was happy to enjoy the benefits of a positive approach and has faith in her treatment.
“Some magical alchemy is at play, something is working,” she continued.
“For all I know the trial could be giving me a placebo. Who knows, who cares? I believe it is going to work.”
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Leah, a dedicated follower of alternative healing, also told how she had submerged herself in the waters of St Winifred’s Well in Holywell, dubbed ‘the Lourdes of Wales’ and believed to contain healing properties.
She added: “It was an opportunity to immerse in prayer and focus strong intention for the year ahead. And immerse ourselves we did – literally! three times, in the freezing mountain waters! Wow Wow Wow!”
Leah first revealed news of her devastating diagnosis in October 2016, later launching a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising £50,000 for pioneering treatment.
During an appearance on Loose Women last year, the yoga devotee explained how the diagnosis has had at least one positive effect on her.
She told the presenters: “I feel positive about life. You get told that they can’t do anything to help you and I’m thinking, ‘What do I do now?’
“I can’t change the diagnosis, but I can choose how I respond. Initially you are in complete meltdown. I didn’t tell anyone for two or three days while I tried to think of a way to tell them positively.”
She continued: “I am going to choose to make positive decisions, I am going to choose to embrace life and I’m going to choose to be thankful that I have life, because I might not have done.”