Shirley Ballas gave her worried fans a reassuring health update as she let them know her kidney was cancer free and other polyps were ‘absolutely fine’.
The Strictly Come Dancing head judge, 61, alarmed viewers in September after they spotted a lump under her arm, and needed further tests after doctors were concerned about her high hormone levels.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Shirley told her followers the shadow on her kidney had been given the all clear and she felt like she ‘can now breathe’ after ‘several weeks’ of anxiety.
Relief: Shirley Ballas gave her worried fans a reassuring health update on Friday as she let them know her kidney was cancer free and other polyps were ‘absolutely fine’
‘Got two sets of results back and after feeling very anxious for several weeks I can now breathe,’ she told her fans in a heartfelt message alongside the video
Speaking to her concerned fans from her bed while resting up, Shirley said: ‘Hi everybody I just wanted to fill you in as promised…
‘I got two sets of results back to day and the shadow on my kidney seems absolutely fine and some other polyps are absolutely fine. No cancer there so that’s good.
The Strictly judge said of her next steps on her diagnosis journey: ‘Now I need to have my boobies checked one more time when I have a minute.
‘My hormones are still all over the place today so starting today with some oestrogen to see if we can balance the body better…’
Concern: The Strictly star alarmed viewers last month after they spotted a lump under her arm, and needed further tests after doctors were concerned about her high hormone levels
She continued from bed: ‘She [the doctor] recommended maybe I take a bit of time for myself which I shall try to do!
‘Thank you to all of you who spotted it who made me go and take my MOT of myself. I really appreciate it. I love you all. You’re such great great people. Thank you.’
The star then hammered home her words of thanks in her caption, writing: ‘Dear Fans and friends. Got two sets of results back and after feeling very anxious for several weeks I can now breathe.
‘After feeling very anxious for several weeks I can now breathe,’ Shirley told her fans on social media after her agonising wait for test results
‘I want to thank each and every one of you for your caring kind and loving messages. You proved that social media can be a good place, watching out for each other is always a good thing, and I feel blessed.
‘Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll start to feel less tired and my old self again. Gratitude to you all. Thank you from my heart to yours.’
Shirley recently revealed she’s trying not to ‘dwell’ amid her recent health scare and upcoming biopsy results, stating: ‘It will be what it will be’.
And during an appearance on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain told how she’s trying to stay busy, as she revealed the last two weeks since discovering the suspected lump has been a ‘whirlwind’.
Staying strong: Shirley recently revealed she’s trying not to ‘dwell’ amid her recent health scare and upcoming biopsy results, stating: ‘it will be what it will be’ on GMB this week
Speaking to Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid about her recent health journey, Shirley told how she initially ignored fans comments about her alarm, but sought help from her GP after more concerned messages came flooding in.
She said: ‘It’s been the last two weeks – it has been like a whirlwind with everything else I’ve been doing.
‘I was doing a Paso Doble move, put up my right arm and a couple of people got in touch and I kind of ignored and then there was about 11 people getting in touch so I thought, no I better go to the doctor.
‘I went off to see my doctor, she had a little feel around and she couldn’t feel anything but she had some past blood tests from a few months before. I hadn’t gone back for the results – my fault – and she was alarmed by them.’
The ballroom champion told how she will undergo further tests at King’s College, hospital in London on Friday after initially sparking concern over her testosterone levels, with the star hoping to get her results back soon.
She explained: ‘She redid all my bloods last week and she was alarmed by the testosterone levels, the lack of oestrogen levels and other things that were going on. So I’m going off for my test on Friday at King’s College,” she added.
‘With me, the NHS has been really really quick. I normally find out within a week to 10 days, I can get the results and then my doctor can go from there.’
Keeping busy: ‘I try not to worry because it’s so busy and there are other people relying on me. ‘I just keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on it because it will be what it will be’
And while she has a little while to wait for her results, the TV personality revealed she’s not dwelling over the possible outcome and will instead keep herself busy until the day comes.
She said: ‘I try not to worry because it’s so busy and there are other people relying on me.
‘I just keep moving forward. Don’t dwell on it because it will be what it will be.’
Last week, Shirley told how she required urgent scans on all of her organs after a ‘mortified’ doctors flagged their concern about her high hormone levels.
Doctors were initially searching for a suspected lump in the Strictly star’s armpit, something she detailed on her Instagram platform, but one found her testosterone levels to be ‘the highest she’s seen in a female.’
Shirley admitted that her health woes can send her down a ‘dark route’ but she is trying to take one day at a time.
Keeping positive: Last week, Shirley told how she required urgent scans on all of her organs after a ‘mortified’ doctors flagged their concern about her high hormone levels
Explaining how she doesn’t have enough information yet, the ballroom dancer told The Sun on Sunday: ‘She [the doctor] won’t speculate on what the cause is… She was mortified by my test results’.
‘She just says, ‘We need to deal with this. Let’s deal with the hormones and then see what else is there.”
She said: ‘My doctor was mortified by my results. I try to take a day at a time. I try to not to focus on (health worries) because it’s easy for me to go down a dark route…
‘I don’t have enough information yet, so I just keep trundling forward. That’s how I coped when I had my last cancer scare — it comes from my mum, who is very stoic about everything’.
The optimistic star reassured that she would be able to let everyone know what is going on once the scans – taking place at King’s College Hospital, London – are complete.
Last month, Shirley expressed her gratitude to Strictly fans who reached out with their concerns after they spotted a lump under her arm when she was judging on the BBC show.
‘With a warm heart and sincere gratitude, I want to thank each and every one of them for caring enough to send the messages, for taking up their precious time to be concerned about my health,’ she said.
Thankful: Last month, Shirley expressed her gratitude to Strictly fans who reached out with their concerns after they spotted a lump under her arm when she was judging
WOMEN AND TESTOSTERONE
What does the hormone do for a woman?
• Testosterone helps a person maintain bone mass, generate new blood cells, maintain libido, and regulate mood
• The combined effect of testosterone and estrogen assists with the growth, repair, and maintenance of female reproductive tissues
What are the symptoms of high testosterone?
• Excess facial, chest, back, or other body hair
• Thinning hair
• Irregular periods
• Mood swings
• Dependent on what’s causing the high testosterone
• Typically, a health care provider will recommend lifestyle changes, including dietary changes, for more sustained results
• They may also recommend medication or treatment to control symptoms, such as unwanted hair or acne
Source: Flo Health