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Strictly star Debbie McGee says says beating breast cancer made her stronger than ever as she returns for Xmas special


DEBBIE McGee returns to Strictly’s Christmas special saying she feels stronger than ever after beating breast cancer.

And the telly star, 61, hopes her appearance will inspire other women and survivors of the disease.

Debbie, the widow of magician Paul Daniels, who died in 2016, had surgery to remove two tumours in January.

She 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.

"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.”

Debbie was runner-up on Strictly two years ago. She returns to dance the quickstep to Jingle Bells with pro Kevin Clifton, 37.

She revealed she took medical advice before signing up, but was told she was doing amazingly well and there was no reason not to do the show.

Debbie added: “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.”

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