'Private person' Farrah Fawcett

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 May 2009
Farrah Fawcett

'Private person' Farrah Fawcett

Former 'Charlie's Angels' actress Farrah Fawcett dislikes people knowing so much about her cancer battle

Farrah Fawcett says her cancer battle should be "off limits".

The former 'Charlie's Angels' star - whose anal cancer has spread to her liver - does not mind other sufferers looking to her for inspiration, but dislikes people knowing the intimate details of her illness.

Speaking last August, Farrah told the Los Angeles Times newspaper: "I'm a private person. I'm shy about people knowing things. And I'm really shy about my medical care. It would be good if I could just go and heal and then when I decided to go out, it would be OK. It seems that there are areas that should be off-limits.

"It's much easier to go through something and deal with it without being under a microscope. It was stressful. I was terrified of getting the chemo. It's not pleasant. And the radiation is not pleasant."

The 62-year-old actress added her life change completely when she was first diagnosed with cancer in September 2006.

She explained: "It becomes your life. People call, 'How are you?' 'How do you feel?' 'We're praying for you.' 'Do you still have your hair?' 'What do you feel like?' When every single call is that kind of call it's all you talk about. It's all consuming. Then, your quality of life is never the same."

Farrah also denied reports she asked doctors to let her die in 2006, insisting the claims were not only damaging to her but to other suffers who thought she was remaining strong.

The actress remains philosophical about her health, explaining: "I'm holding onto the hope that there is some reason that I got cancer and there is something - that may not be very clear to me right now - but that I will do."

'Farrah's Story', a documentary chronically the star's cancer battle, is due to be aired on US network NBC on Friday (15.05.09).

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