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Adele Roberts praises NHS after bowel cancer surgery

"I cannot believe how hard they work and how much they care, they’re angels on earth"

By Hollie Geraghty

Adele Roberts in a hospital gown in bed after cancer surgery
BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts said the NHS were 'angels on earth' after her bowel cancer surgery. (Photo: Instagram).

BBC Radio 1 presenter Adele Roberts has praised the NHS and thanked fans for support following bowel cancer surgery.

The DJ revealed she had bowel cancer via Instagram on Sunday night (October 24) and said she would be having surgery the next day to remove the tumour. 

Writing on Instagram yesterday (October 25), she said: “God bless the NHS. I cannot believe how hard they work and how much they care, they’re angels on earth. They’re next level – so special.”

The 42-year-old said she was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the beginning of the month after struggling with her digestion and urged followers to get checked if they have concerns. “Sadly it can affect anyone, at any age, anytime. It doesn’t discriminate. Early detection can save your life,” she wrote.

Roberts, who has been a contestant on reality shows ‘Big Brother’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ also thanked fans for their support. “Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone. You’ve been absolutely incredible!” she wrote. “You are the greatest! You’ve kept me going. I’ve had my ups and downs this week but today I really feel like I’m starting to turn a corner and hopefully I’ll be well enough to go home soon.”

She continued: “’I’m so sorry I’ve not been on here much. I’ve not really been on my phone but my family have been telling me how wonderful everyone has been. You’ve brought them so much comfort. From the bottom of my heart thank you.”

She also said she was sending love to anyone going through a tough time at the moment, particularly those who might be living with cancer. “They’re warriors – stopped me feeling sorry for myself many a time!” she said. “Also reminding me that I’m not alone in this and that it could be much worse for me.”

The Radio 1 presenter posted a picture of her in bed in a hospital gown, and a picture of the BT Tower outside her window. She said she would watch the tower before her radio shows in the morning, adding: “I never realised that one day I’d be watching the sun from the other side. Seeing ‘Good morning London’ everyday has made me so grateful and been my reminder that everything is going to be ok.”

Commenting on the post, fellow Radio 1 host Clara Amfo wrote: “Don’t you apologise for anything !!!! We love you!!!!!!”