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This Celeb Showed The Scars From Life-Changing Operations On Live TV

Michelle Heaton revealed her scars in a bid to empower other women to feel body confident.

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After finding out that she has the BRCA2 gene, which put her at an 80% risk of breast cancer and 30% risk of ovarian cancer, Michelle underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 2012.

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At the time of the operation, Michelle's daughter Faith was 9 months old and the possibility of leaving her motherless was the driving force behind her decision to undergo the mastectomy.

After having her second child – a boy called AJ – in 2014, Michelle made the decision to also undergo a full hysterectomy to eradicate the risk of ovarian cancer.

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Alongside the usual recovery time after such a huge operation, having a hysterectomy also means that Michelle is now experiencing the effects of the menopause at the age of 37. These symptoms are likely to last a decade, and require Michelle to have hormone replacement injections every 6 months.

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The effects of the operations have not just been physical, but emotional.

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Michelle told Reveal that she often felt incredibly emotional:

It's really tough knowing I've still got such a long road ahead. Emotionally, there are good days and bad days. Towards the end of the [hormone replacement] treatment, I can feel myself getting more tired, irritated and not myself. Some days I'm just being a whiny bitch, the way we all do sometimes. Other days, it's not that – it's something else. You can't tell the difference.

Well, yesterday Michelle bravely appeared on Loose Women in a bikini, as part of their body positivity campaign. She went on to show the physical scars from her operations and revealed how the surgery has affected her confidence.

She said:

At first I did say "no" because I didn't feel comfortable. But then I thought about it and decided that my whole thing is about women trying to be more confident in their bodies no matter what size they are – and to show that you can change how you look if you want to. I want to show that no matter what your body goes through in life, we're all very strong and we can be whoever we want to be and do whatever we want to do. So, I thought that if I don't do it and show everybody that you can do it, then who am I to give advice to other people?

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Michelle said:

I've had two C-Sections. One was an emergency and the second one was planned because of the first. Then I had a total hysterectomy and I have a bit of a pouch. It doesn't matter how slim one gets, that's just the way that the skin and abdominal muscles have grown. I have to be careful wearing a bikini – usually I'd wear a high waisted one or a swimsuit. I wanted to keep this just between me and my husband until today.

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The loop recorder was implanted to monitor a heart irregularity caused by an addiction to diet pills in the early 00s. There was a chance that Michelle would eventually need a pacemaker, but she's since revealed she's in the clear.

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She said:

On my boobs I have scars running from the side and then all the way underneath. And then I have to have a hormone replacement implant every six months. I have a local [anaesthetic] and then the implant is put into my bum. I've had about six of those so far and it's tallying up. Every time they do another one, it's another scar.

And people were quick to praise her bravery on social media.

Michelle Heaton, so brave and beautiful, along with all the #LooseWomen 👏🏼

@loosewomen Michelle Heaton is so brave! She looks amazing but baring scars takes courage. Such an inspiration ❤ @wonderwomanshel

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@loosewomen @wonderwomanshel Michelle Heaton absolutely amazing she looks fab a brave woman💞💕

Oh, and she also shared an A+ selfie after the show too.

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