Jeremy Kyle feared death
Jeremy Kyle was convinced he was going to die when he was first diagnosed with testicular cancer
Jeremy Kyle was convinced he would die when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The outspoken talk show host - who has children Alice, nine, Ava, seven, and Henry, three, with wife Carla, as well as 22-year-old Hattie from a previous marriage - learned he had been stricken with the disease in December, and though he has now been given the all clear following an operation to remove his left testicle and chemotherapy treatment, he initially feared the worst when he was told what was wrong.
He recalled: "I went in to the consultant, who did a two-minute examination and then told me I wasn't going anywhere because I had a cancerous tumour. I was gobsmacked.
"Cancer is just one little word but, when you hear it, it turns your whole life upside down.
"To be honest, I thought, 'That's it, I'm dead'."
Jeremy - who has now returned to work - admits Christmas was "horrible" because he was still waiting to find out if the cancer had spread.
He said in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "I was sat there on Christmas Day watching my children opening their presents thinking, 'Will I be here this time next year'? It was horrible."
The 47-year-old star admits the disease has changed him and he has vowed to cut down his working commitments.
He said: "It's been a horrific time - a very sobering experience - but now I just feel lucky to be alive. I feel lucky that I'm here for my family and can see my kids grow up.
"This experience has changed me. Although I am jumping with joy to have beaten this thing, it makes you realise what's really important.
"I'm not saying I got cancer because I worked too hard - but last year I filmed 359 shows.
"Going through this has made me realise how important the work-life balance is. Life isn't a dress rehearsal. The whole experience has knocked me for six."