Last night on the red carpet of the Essex TV awards, Daniella Westbrook unveiled her new face after extensive surgery to correct her decaying cheek.
The former EastEnders star has been suffering with osteoporosis for several years which has rotted away her cheekbones and gums.
Daniella receives devastating news about her health
The 45 year old actress has had a turbulent and highly-publicised few years dogged by drug addiction and money miseries.
And this year, she was given the devastating news that she has womb cancer in addition to finding out that her cheek was collapsing.
On finding out about her cancer, Daniella’s thoughts turned to her friend Jade Goodey who died of cervical cancer back in 2009.
She said: “I’ve always said I am not scared of dying. But when the doctor said, ‘You have cancer’, straight away my thoughts turned to Jade and that I don’t want to die. I know I need to fight.”
Daniella revealed that the doctors initially misdiagnosed her illness. They found a large clot in her womb and thought she was pregnant.
She later collapsed in agony. Her friend Kerry Katona rushed to her aid driving her to hospital before Daniella returned home to Spain to get the devastating news of her diagnosis.
Daniella talks about her addiction
“I haven’t dealt with it the right way, I haven’t dealt with it the adult way,” she said. “I have just used. All I’ve done is used. I put myself into hospital two years ago.”
She said she told doctors: “Please section me, I am trying to kill myself.” She added: “And they sectioned me. I wanted to die…
“I wrote letters to my kids. I’ve got suicide notes from back then and the reason I said is, ‘So you can have a better life.'”
“Everyone thinks my lowest point was when I got seen with a hole in my nose,” she said, referring to infamous photos of her in 2000 showing the effects of drug use.
“But my lowest point has been the last four years and not having my daughter in my life, not having certain things in my life.”
The actress, who played Sam in EastEnders revealed that she hadn’t seen her daughter Jodie, 16, for years because of her drug addiction issues.
Brave Daniella speaks about her trauma
Speaking candidly on ITV’s Loose Women, Daniella opened up about the difficulties she has experienced in the past with addiction and talked about the implications of her current health problems.
“I’ve had quite a lot of problems actually I think I might need to have a hysterectomy because I’ve been bleeding for the last nine weeks constantly,” said the troubled mother-of-two, who suffered a miscarriage in August 2017.
“But they do think it’s hereditary in my family, ovarian cancer and cancer of the womb so we’re hoping it’s not that.”
Shocking news about health causes Daniella to relapse
After 13 years of being clean, the mum of two has admitted to falling off the wagon to cope with the devastating news.
The former EastEnders star admitted ‘running off’ and ‘making some bad choices’ over summer after receiving the difficult news about her cancer. In a tweet, she said of that time:
“Human beings make mistakes. i have a tendency being an addict 2run back 2 what I know in times of struggle&hardship. It’s insane but it’s addiction,” she wrote in a searingly honest tweet.
“I hate it & I hate myself after but tbh it’s a illness that twists ur soul. But it’s 1 I battle and won’t let get the better of me,” she continued.
She went on to say:
“I feel so much lighter for being honest about it,” she said. “I’m not saying I have taken them [drugs] every day for the last four years but I have struggled for the last years of my life and I am ready to say ‘please [help me].'”
Daniella attempts to raise cash
In a bid to make ends meet, Daniella is now offering to make personalised videos for her fans.
Taking to Twitter, the 45-year-old announced she is now selling the video messages for £15 a pop.
In the message, pinned to the top of her Twitter page, the TV star writes: “Ask me a question or tell me a message you want me to record for a friend and I will send you a video back within the hour.
She added: “Recording them now so order yours by clicking the link x Sending ya love xx.”
Daniella makes a good start to her cancer treatment
The mum of 2 has started her treatment for the disease, although she admits it has left her feeling tired.
On the treatment, she commented: “I’m just trying to get this treatment out of the way for the cancer.”
She added: I’m going to be going in [to hospital] for treatment and operations in the next few weeks.”
Daniella shows off her new look after constructive surgery
Daniella Westbrook has shown off the results of her recent surgery on the red carpet of the Essex TV Awards on Thursday to correct a rotting cheek.
After the treatment, she spoke on social media, telling her fans: “Feeling wiped out after this morning face swollen but at last the process has started.”
The former EastEnders star was forced to go under the knife for reconstructive surgery after botched dental surgery in 2015 left her face “rotting away.”
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the mum-of-two explained: “The screws, which they have left in [during my dental work], the bone didn’t close around them when I had implants, which led to blood getting into the bone so it just died.”
“That gave me the septicaemia which gave me the bone disease and started rotting away and it’s all down to that.
“They were going to have to take some of my skull but they’re going to use a floating rib.”
Hopefully 2019 will see Daniella make a good recovery and bring her some much needed good news.