Nikki Tapper, who stars in the hit show ‘Gogglebox’ along with the rest of her family in Edgware, north west London, tells HuffPostUK of her diagnosis three and a half years ago, forcing her to have a mastectomy, followed by five months of chemotherapy and further surgery.
“My mum had breast cancer, too,” she says. “I had gene testing done, and everyone else in my immediate family had the BRCA gene, but I didn’t have it, and yet I got the illness. The doctors tested me twice in two laboratories because they didn’t believe it. “But I was relieved, because it means I didn’t pass the gene on to my daughter, Amy.”
A full-time nursery teacher when she’s not being filmed watching TV, Nikki is clearly a strong and positive woman, but she admits the worst part of her illness was the effect it had on her family.
“There were times when you go to a dark place,” she remembers. “Amy was nearly 12, and changing schools, it was a time when she just needed her mum, and Josh was 14. It was very hard for them and my husband Jonathan.”
Despite this, Nikki battled through. “I didn’t have a meltdown about the whole thing, and I think that kept everyone together. Our family and friends were amazing, and they helped us through it.” It’s clear why 'Stand Up To Cancer' is going to be so important to Nikki and her family. “It’s very poignant in our lives,” she says. “There are so many charities out there, each one is amazing in its own right, but cancer touches so many lives, it’s horrendous. And we were very lucky, but not everyone is. And they’ve come such a long way with research, I just want them to keep going.”
Article Source: HuffPost UK