Former Eternal singer Kelle Bryan has spoken about the reality of her life with lupus - a life-threatening blood disease - and in the process has raised much-needed awareness.
The 41-year-old appeared on Loose Women this afternoon, and broke down as she recalled the time she contracted a virus from her daughter, three-year-old Kayori Rose Gudgeon, which caused her organs to shut down.
Also mum to five-year-old Regan Gudgeon, her illness means she is susceptible to infection, and is sometimes forced to wear surgical gloves when near her children, adding: “Sometimes I can’t touch them at all."
"I'm afraid that they'll bring more illnesses from nursery."
Talking to Andrea McClean, Linda Robson, Jane Moore, and Nadia Sawalha, the mum-of-two explained how the illness is stress-related, and opened up about her symptoms.
"For me I had liver and kidney damage, arthritis symptoms, hair loss, mouth ulcers, sores on my face, arms and all down my body and I didn't heal.
"It all coincided when I got sacked from Eternal."
Thankfully, she is doing much better now, and the lupus is no longer on her brain
"I am doing much better. I have just had a brain scan and the lupus is not on my brain and I have another bout of chemotherapy in six months times."
Not surprisingly, many people were quick to thank her for speaking about the illness and took to Twitter to show their support.
Great job by Patron Kelle Bryan on Loose Women this morning.— StThomas Lupus Trust (@lupustrust) November 7, 2016
All the Loose Women were absolutely lovely!... https://t.co/s6PJ0i43Sy
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