British actress Julie Walters has opened up about her devastating diagnosis with bowel cancer.
The 70-year-old actress, who is best known for starring in the Harry Potter movies as Molly Weasley, has revealed to the BBC that she had been told she had stage three bowel cancer just a few weeks before the 2018 premiere of “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”.
“I was still thinking, ‘That’s ridiculous, he must have made a mistake,'” Walters told the publication.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
While her friends and family are aware of the diagnosis, this is the first time she has gone public about it.
However, it’s her husband’s face when she broke the news to him that still haunts her.
“I’ll never forget his face. Tears came into his eyes and I thought, ‘Oh Grant!’ so then I’m worried about him more than [the cancer].”
Walters has since had part of her colon removed and has undergone chemotherapy.
Although she has recovered, the diagnosis has prompted her to reevaluate her workload and step back from projects.
The primary reason behind her publicly speaking out about her ordeal stems down to the importance of raising awareness around bowel cancer, and the importance of getting tested.
“Your bowel is part of your digestive system. It’s just what digests your food and I think you just have to remember that,” she told the BBC.
“And it’s just, you’ve got to go and get things checked. Doctors are used to bottoms: They’ve got one themselves, hopefully.”