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Lisa Maffia reveals she’s ‘praying’ for mother Shirley as she continues to battle terminal cancer

Lisa Maffia has revealed she’s ‘praying’ for her beloved mother Shirley, as she continues to battle terminal cervical cancer.

The So Solid Crew star, 41, took to Instagram on Monday afternoon to share a snapshot of herself and her mother posing together as she defiantly declared the devastating disease ‘will not win’.

South London native Lisa, who revealed Shirley’s terminal diagnosis last year, captioned the image: ‘Praying for my mumma today, cancer will not win!’

Prayers: Lisa Maffia has revealed she’s ‘praying’ for her beloved mother Shirley, as she continues to battle terminal cervical cancer

Lisa also shared a snapshot of herself looking glam in a long wig, as she wrote: ‘You will go through highs and lows, and that’s ok.’ 

Back in October, the star heartbreakingly detailed her pain over her mother’s battle, sharing her anguish over her suffering, as she herself faced an agonising wait for test results to see if her abnormal cells were cancerous.

In a new interview, Lisa sobbed as she told how she’s had to watch the cancer ‘tear my mum’s body apart’, amid Shirley’s declining health.

Speaking to The Sun Online, the singer urged people to get their smear test after abnormal cells were found in her cervix in March, resulting in her having a colposcopy procedure.

Devastated: Back in October, the star heartbreakingly detailed her pain over her mother Shirley's terminal cervical cancer diagnosis (pictured in 2019)

Devastated: Back in October, the star heartbreakingly detailed her pain over her mother Shirley’s terminal cervical cancer diagnosis (pictured in 2019)

She sobbed as she also told how Shirley had missed her own smear tests for ‘five years’ after being too ‘proud’ and ’embarrassed’ to go to the doctors.

Her mother’s cervical cancer has spread throughout her body and is now terminal. 

Opening up about her mum’s ordeal, Lisa said: ‘She’s quite a proud and self-conscious person and gets embarrassed. Going to the doctors and getting a smear she thought it was quite invasive and she put it off.

‘Cancer can grow so quickly, by the time she started to get an ache in her leg and the constant bleeding that alerted her to go to the doctors – it was two years too late.’

So sad: The So Solid Crew star, 41, shared her anguish over her mum's suffering, as she herself faces an agonising wait for test results to see if her abnormal cells are cancerous

So sad: The So Solid Crew star, 41, shared her anguish over her mum’s suffering, as she herself faces an agonising wait for test results to see if her abnormal cells are cancerous

Lisa told how the cancer had spread to Shirley’s ‘lymph node glands’ and ‘collar bone’, with her fight with cancer seeing her face so much chemotherapy and radiotherapy, that she lost a kidney as a result. 

Her mother previously went into remission for seven years, but the cancer has since come back all over her body.

She’s been told that she’s unable to undergo any further treatment and is now living with terminal cancer. 

‘I’ve watched it tear my mum’s body apart in pain all because she missed a test that takes five minutes and it’s done, it can save your life’, Lisa added. 

Heartbreaking: In an interview, Lisa sobbed as she told how she's had to watch the cancer 'tear my mum’s body apart', amid Shirley's declining health

Heartbreaking: In an interview, Lisa sobbed as she told how she’s had to watch the cancer ‘tear my mum’s body apart’, amid Shirley’s declining health

The All Over hitmaker is now determined her ensure her own daughter Chelsea, 24, has a smear test privately, before it is offered by the NHS when she turns 25.

It comes after Lisa took to Instagram to assure fans she does not have cervical cancer, after making a confused announcement. 

She had posted to Instagram Stories earlier in October, stating that she had been diagnosed with the disease.

But she was forced to amend the post after realising she had made an error, suffering instead from abnormal cells that could develop cancer if left untreated.

Worrying time: She also told how Shirley had missed her own smear tests for 'five years' after being too 'proud' and 'embarrassed' to go to the doctors

Worrying time: She also told how Shirley had missed her own smear tests for ‘five years’ after being too ‘proud’ and ’embarrassed’ to go to the doctors

Posting prior to a colposcopy appointment at hospital, Lisa wrote: ‘I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer.’

She had meant to write: ‘I unfortunately have cervical cancer in my family,’ and swiftly removed the first post and replaced it.

The rest of the caption read: ‘So now I’m even more cautious. This is just a reminder to anyone that maybe has forgotten to get tested!’

She added the warning: ‘It’s not a game!’

Lisa then filmed herself leaving the hospital after the appointment, explaining how she had felt ‘petrified’ ahead of the colposcopy .

Terrifying: She said, 'I’ve watched it tear my mum’s body apart in pain all because she missed a test that takes five minutes and it’s done, it can save your life'

Terrifying: She said, ‘I’ve watched it tear my mum’s body apart in pain all because she missed a test that takes five minutes and it’s done, it can save your life’ 

A colposcopy is a procedure used to look at the cervix, the lower part of the womb at the top of the vagina – but that it was a ‘quick and easy’ process.

Clad in a face mask, she was tearful as she spoke to the camera, explaining that her mother currently has terminal cervical cancer.

This was deleted, however, and replaced with a new video, explaining that she had made a mistake.

Noticeably distressed, she said: ‘Oh my god guys now I feel so sorry for not checking I’ve had so many messages saying their mums are going through it. I just want to apologise, I think where I was emotional with my mum I just wasn’t thinking.

Muddled message: It comes after Lisa took to Instagram to assure fans she does not have cervical cancer, after making a confused announcement

Muddled message: It comes after Lisa took to Instagram to assure fans she does not have cervical cancer, after making a confused announcement

Before: Posting prior to a colposcopy appointment at hospital, Lisa wrote - 'I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer'

After: She had meant to write 'I unfortunately have cervical cancer in my family' and swiftly removed the first post and replaced it

Correction: Posting prior to a colposcopy appointment at hospital, Lisa wrote, ‘I never miss a smear and I unfortunately have cervical cancer’

‘I don’t have cervical cancer I had abnormal cells that needed to be burned away that could have turned cancerous.’

Her now-deleted video saw her telling her fans: ‘Just like that I am already out. As you can see I was really upset.

‘My mum has cervical cancer, terminal cancer, so going into this every time I’ve had to go into this – this is the third time they’ve had to check my cells – makes me absolutely petrified…’

‘It can happen to anyone,’ she said, before bravely adding: ‘I’m cool.’

Lisa first spoke about Shirley’s battle with the disease when she took part in The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night in 2019. 

Raising awareness: Lisa first spoke about Shirley's battle with the disease when she took part in The All New Monty: Ladies' Night in 2019

Raising awareness: Lisa first spoke about Shirley’s battle with the disease when she took part in The All New Monty: Ladies’ Night in 2019

The show saw her join other celebrities on stage to strip off to raise awareness for breast and cervical cancer.

Shirley had beat cervical cancer once before in 2011, but the disease returned. 

Lisa said at the time: ‘I took part because of my mum, my mum was diagnosed in 2011. She had cervical cancer the first time and they said six months to live and she beat it.

‘And then eight years later, unfortunately, it’s come back and it’s come back all over and she’s fighting it again now. She is fighting it, she’s fighting cancer.’

She took part alongside other stars who have been touched by the disease, such as Victoria Derbyshire, Megan McKenna, and Helen Lederer.

Tearful: Noticeably distressed, she said - 'Oh my god guys now I feel so sorry for not checking I've had so many messages saying their mums are going through it'

She added: 'I just want to apologise, I think where I was emotional with my mum I just wasn't thinking'

Tearful: Noticeably distressed, she said, ‘Oh my god guys now I feel so sorry for not checking I’ve had so many messages saying their mums are going through it. I just want to apologise’

WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?

Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.

The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal discharge that smells 
  • Pain in the pelvis

Causes can include:

  • Age – more than half of sufferers are under 45
  • HPV infection – which affects most people at some point in their lives
  • Smoking – responsible for 21 per cent of cases
  • Contraceptive pill – linked to 10 per cent of cases
  • Having children
  • Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina

Source: Cancer Research UK 


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