Sally Whittaker's cancer vow

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 May 2010
Sally Whittaker

Sally Whittaker

'Coronation Street' actress Sally Whittaker is determined to beat breast cancer for the sake of her three children as she wants to see them grow up

Sally Whittaker is determined to beat cancer for the sake of her three children.

The 'Coronation Street' actress - who was diagnosed with breast cancer just days after being told by producers her alter-ego Sally Webster would also be hit by the disease - admits she was devastated when she got the news but her husband Tim Dynevor and their three kids, Phoebe, 15, Sam, 13, and six-year-old Hattie, are helping her get through it.

She said: "We got into the car after leaving the hospital and I cried like I had never cried before. It was uncontrollable sobbing. I didn't want to die. I would hate to be sat on a fluffy cloud looking down at my children. I couldn't cope with that. I had to be there to see them grow up."

The 46-year-old star - who has kept her battle a secret until now - also decided to shave her hair off before having chemotherapy because she didn't want it falling out in clumps.

She told Hello! magazine: "I asked one of the make-up artists at work to do it. A friend who'd had breast cancer warned me the hair came out in clumps, so I have to shave it off at the start.

"Tim said I looked beautiful without my hair and that really helped me to stay positive too."

Sally is now preparing to return to 'Coronation Street' after being given time off.

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