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Nicole Sealey has revealed she had a recent scare that her cancer had returned after 21 years.
The 46 year old's world was shaken at the young age of 25 when she was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma while raising her first child Luka.
According to the NHS Choriocarcinoma is a rare type of cancer that can "happen after any pregnancy". The cancer starts in the womb, but can "spread to other parts of the body – most commonly, the lungs."
Luckily, Nicole recovered and went on to have two more kids – now adults – Kira and Remi.
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Now, the Real Housewives of Cheshire star, who recently opened up on her paralysed arm that viewers have never seen, has spoken exclusively to OK! Online about her recent scare that the cancer could be back.
"I've actually just recently had a little bit of a scare with it again," she said. "This is the first time in years that I've actually even had to think about the possibility that it might've come back. But luckily it looks like it hasn't, so that's great."
The reality star went on to explain that she believes most people instinctively know when something isn't right within them. She continued: "Initially I didn't think it was a possibility then it obviously was. I think deep down you always know. I didn't think there was anything like that from the beginning.
"If you speak to a lot of people who have had cancer or an illness there's something in you that tells you if something isn't right."
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While Nicole, who recently said she collapsed on the set of RHOC and opened up on transforming her lifestyle, is lucky to not have cancer, she explained that the word no longer has power over her.
She told OK!: "Even when you find out, I know it's a bit of a bizarre thing to say, but everyone is really scared and I understand probably because I have had it the word 'cancer' doesn't scare me. I think there are so many amazing things that can be done. So even if it had been, you deal with it. So you crack it and get it cured because I did before.
"I've got really terrible veins so my worst fear would actually be physically having the chemo, not even the illness, because my veins are so rubbish."
Speaking about her battle with cancer in her young adulthood, Nicole went on to explain that it impacted how she parented her child Luka.
"Choriocarcinoma is quite rare as well so it was quite hard to diagnose you see," she said. "For me, I went from thinking I was pregnant to finding out that actually I had cancer.
"I had my diagnosis in the morning and started chemotherapy the same night, which is quite unique in itself. I actually was very numb. I didn't really process it. My eldest daughter wasn't quite two, it was a month before her second birthday.
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"I don't think I had real time to really digest it. I spent six months in hospital as an inpatient. When you have a small child, especially your first child I think the impact… I think what it actually did was make me parent in a different way. She went to nursery much sooner.
"I can always remember – it sounds a bit odd – but I worried about she has very wild curly hair and I was obsessed with the fact that who would be able to manage her hair if I died. Ridiculous but that's what I focused on. I made them become much more independent."
Nicole added: "I don't take anything for granted."
Follow Nicole on Instagram @NicoleSealey74 or visit www.nicolesealey.co.uk to find out what she's up to.
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