Nicki Chapman spoke of how grateful she is to be living a full and happy life two years after her brain tumour surgery.
The Escape to the Country presenter marked the second anniversary of the life-saving operation at the weekend.
Posing up for a stunning picture with a beautiful country landscape behind her, the 54-year-old penned: “Grateful
“2 years ago today I had surgery for my benign brain tumour. Incredibly I can still live my life to the full, though a smidge remains I’m grateful for the care & kindness shown to me by my Neurosurgeon Consultant David Peterson @imperialcollege @NHSuk @BrainTumourOrg”
Joining in the celebration, pal Eamonn Holmes told her: “Just love seeing that pretty face – vibrant and loving
“Congratulations kiddo x”
And many of her followers took comfort in her incredible story.
One told her: “Wow you look amazing, the gives me hope like you I’ve a benign brain tumor and awaiting a date for my surgery.”
While another penned: “You are an inspiration Nicki, I had my op 2 weeks ago and can’t praise Mr Lawson and staff at Walton Centre Liverpool enough.”
It was in May 2019 when Nicki revealed she had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball.
Following her four-and-a-half hour operation, Nicki confessed she was “flabbergasted” by how quickly she recovered.
The former Pop Idol judge, who says she realised something was wrong when she couldn’t read or speak, opened up about her secret diagnosis just a few weeks after her operation.
She said she was told she might have suffered a stroke after displaying some severe symptoms.
When she was taken to hospital, scans revealed she actually had a brain tumour and that she needed surgery, although doctors warned there could be complications, such as a permanent loss of speech and sight, or being left unable to walk.
Speaking on This Morning just five weeks later, she explained why she kept her diagnosis private except for a few family members and loved ones.
She said: “I went on holiday and felt fine, I came back and did a photo shoot. That afternoon I realised I couldn’t see again. I had to do a voice over and couldn’t speak.
“I could see the words in my head but I couldn’t say them, nothing was coming out. It only lasted five or ten minutes and then that evening I was fine.”
She spoke to a GP the next morning and was told that she may have had a stroke.
She only realised how serious things were after heading to the hospital, but thankfully two years on she’s as full as life as ever.