Debbie McGee has said that she feels 'stronger than ever' after beating cancer.
The 61-year-old star of Strictly Come Dancing had an operation to remove two tumours in January and she is now finishing the year on a high by returning to the dancefloor.
Debbie was a surprise star of the BBC dance competition in 2017, when she went all the way to the final with her professional partner Giovanni Pernice.
Now she is hoping to inspire other women who are battling cancer, as she returns for Strictly's Christmas special, on which she is dancing with fan favourite, Kevin Clifton.
The widow of magician Paul Daniels said: "Everything that’s happened this year makes me appreciate my life more.
“I want to enjoy myself now.
“I hope to inspire other women.
“I want people to go and get checked because mine was caught so early it was like going in with an injection."
Debbie continued: "And I want them to know whatever happens you can get back to what you know — I always believed that.
“There may be certain things you can’t do but a lot of the time it’s what’s going on in your mind.”
She revealed that before signing up for the Christmas special, she had to take medical advice as it was only ten months after her life-saving surgery.
Doctors believed she was doing 'amazingly well' and said there was no reason why she couldn't participate and return to Strictly.
Debbie said that Kevin really put her through her paces as she learned a quickstep routine to Jingle Bells.
She continued: “I’ve put on a little bit of weight because I had four months where I couldn’t do any exercise.
“Even the side I’m dancing is the side I had the cancer.
“The first day I was thinking, ‘Now I know if I can really do this or not’, but I haven’t felt anything.
“Having Kev here has been easy and fun.”
*Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2019 airs on BBC One at 4.40pm on Christmas Day.
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