Adele Roberts is ‘extremely honoured’ to be the first person with a stoma bag to compete on Dancing On Ice.
The former BBC Radio 1 anchor, 44, stated on Lorraine today that she will be joining Ricky Norwood and Stephen Lustig-Webb from Gogglebox on the reality show.
She’s now expressed her gratitude, joking that she hopes Audrey, her stoma bag, who she frequently personifies – and even has a little version of her marathon number sign for – can skate.
Taking to Instagram, Adele wrote: ‘One last time Ready to take my little baby Audrey on her last big adventure.
‘I am absolutely buzzing to be taking part in the next series of @dancingonice. What a dream?! I think I’m also the first ever ostomate to take part in the show. What an incredible honour?!
‘To everyone who’s dealing with cancer and their families, to everyone who’s helped me through bowel cancer, to all of the ostomate community who have been so welcoming and kind to me. This is for you.’
Adele went on to thank ITV host Lorraine Kelly for ‘saving countless lives’ after raising awareness of bowel cancer on her show.
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She wrote: ‘Thank you to @lorrainekellysmith for allowing me to be on your show this morning to do my reveal. I couldn’t think of a better or more meaningful place. You and your team, are amazing.
‘I’m sure you have saved countless lives thanks to the important work you do raising awareness of bowel cancer.
‘I’m also so thankful to you for sharing your platform to celebrate and uplift ostomates. I really think you’ve helped break down barriers and lessen the stigma.’
Adele continued: ‘To everyone who has a stoma, I’m not ashamed to have one, I’m ashamed I didn’t know what one was, before I got one… and I will do everything I can to help change perception.
‘I’m so lucky to have a second chance at life.’
She went on to address her partner Kate, adding: ‘This is going to be the biggest celebration for me and my family. And my Katie!
‘Whatever happens, knowing I’m still here and have this opportunity is winning.
‘Now let’s hope Audrey can skate! Haha.’
Adele was diagnosed with stage 2 bowel cancer in October 2021 and was given the go-ahead in June 2022.
Sharing the positive health update online, Adele penned at the time: ‘The day I’ve been waiting for. Hearing the words “you’re free of cancer” absolutely took my breath away. I keep replaying it in my mind.
‘It was the most beautiful sound I think I’ve ever heard. Even though I was praying Dr Khan would say that to me I don’t think my head let me believe it until I heard it.
‘Everything we’ve been through seems to be swirling around in my body and life feels a bit surreal at the moment… BUT I AM SO GRATEFUL! I am counting my blessings.’
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