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Samantha Womack She offered her support for the strike of NHS nurses, and praised healthcare workers for their assistance during her recent battle against breast cancer.
Former EastEnders star revealed in August that she had been diagnosed with the illness, and she underwent chemotherapy earlier this year — now stating that she is cancer-free.
“Even though my treatment is interrupted, I feel that they must fight back. They’re doing such an incredible job and not being treated fairly,” she said.
This week’s mass walkout by thousands of NHS nurses is part of the Royal College of Nursing’s 106-year history.
Pay is the major reason behind the actionAccording to the RCN, nurses are now 20% worse off than they were a decade back.
Womack stated that she is a huge advocate for nurses and thanked the NHS staff for “looking after me so wonderfully” during her treatment.
She stated, “I feel they should be paid appropriately.”
Womack, who was first diagnosed with cancer, said that she was just “having a random look” during her role as the White Witch in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
She explained that she was doing a “well-woman check” and, in between two shows, she popped in for an ultrasound. It was a simple scan.
“In between shows was a nasty type of gremlin-type Shadow and then had to book further appointments. Then I went back on the stage that evening with a little bit of my head in the clouds.
Womack claimed that it was an extraordinary feat of luck to have checked herself at the time she did.
She stated, “I don’t check myself. I’ve been so strong all my life. So I was really lucky that I could do that when it happened.”
The term “cancer-free” is misleading. Luckily I’ve got it gone for now but with cancer, you have to be careful that you’re keeping on top of everything and keep checking yourself.”
Womack stated previously that she was inspired to go public with her diagnosis following the death of acting legend Olivia Newton-JohnShe had been fighting cancer for many decades before her death.
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