Nicki Chapman underwent surgery for brain tumour 'the size of a golf ball'
TV presenter Nicki Chapman has revealed how she told doctors not to resuscitate her if anything went wrong as she underwent surgery for a brain tumour ‘the size of a golf ball’.
Nicki, also known for presenting Escape To The Country and a former Pop Idol judge,said: ‘You have to give yourself the best possible chance to heal, so I won’t be presenting the Chelsea Flower Show this year.’
‘It was the worst news I’ve ever had in my life, but I thought “We’re going to find a way through it”. And I really hope that other people who get a similar diagnosis have the excellent treatment I had, and find the same inner strength,’ she said of the diagnosis.
She revealed how she went to speak to her doctors after she had changes in her vision and speech as well as memory lapses which saw her forget the name of her friend and Escape To The Country producer.
Doctors told her she had a tumour on the back, left-hand side of her head, which was ‘the size of a golf ball pressing on my brain’.
Speaking to the Daily Mail she added: ‘They’d said I could suffer a bleed on the brain during the surgery and I’d told him, “if anything goes wrong, I don’t want to be resuscitated and come back in a body I can’t use”.’
Nicki will not present this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in more than a decade while she recuperates from the surgery.
‘You start at 5am and it’s five 12-hour days, and I don’t think I could manage that yet. I’m devastated. I watched the preview and it made me cry,’ she revealed.
‘I’ve done it since 2006 and, of all the shows I present, it’s the one I really regret not being able to do. But I have to follow my doctor’s advice. You don’t get a second chance to recover.’
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