Actress Malandra Burrows has claimed that her dog helped save her life by alerting her to cancer in her left breast.
the previous Emmerdale star shared that she underwent treatment for breast cancer last month after being diagnosed in February.
Burrows, who played Kathy Glover on the long-running soap, decided to go public with her health condition to raise awareness.
In a new interview, the ’90s soap star explained that she got her first hint that something was wrong in January after her dog, Teddy, was unusually alert to her.
“She insisted on lying on my chest and kept snuggling me,” Burrows said The mirror her one-year-old Border Terrier.
“She just kept looking up at me and staring at me in a very weird way, then without warning she slammed her head on my left breast so hard it brought tears to my eyes.”
According to Burrows, the impact of Teddy’s nudge was so painful that it prompted her to look at her chest to see if there was any visible injury.
“It hurt so bad that before I went to bed I checked to see if there were any bruises and at that moment I felt something that had never been there,” she explained.
At first she thought it was a swollen gland caused by the dog’s patting. But after the swelling persisted a few days later, she contacted her GP, who advised her to come in for a check-up.
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A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
“If it wasn’t for Teddy I would never have known about this and I honestly believe she saved my life,” added Burrows.
“She’s a really wonderful little character, we have such a strong bond and I’m so grateful to her. I even forgave her for chewing the sun lounger.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/malandra-burrows-emmerdale-cancer-dog-b2076324.html Emmerdale actress Malandra Burrows says her dog alerted her to breast cancer before she was diagnosed