A TV star said she “sobbed her eyes out” after being told she may only have five years to live when she appeared on a health programme.
Peterlee-based Benidorm actress Crissy Rock, 55, was warned about her life expectancy on a TV show.
The 55-year-old actress agreed to have a health MoT for BBC One’s Long Live Britain, alongside Jodie Prenger and Ricky Grover. But she was reduced to tears after medics told her the sickening news that she could be putting her life in danger unless she urgently changes her lifestyle and diet.
Crissy, who beat cancer of the womb 13 years ago, was told she had Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and an echo in her heart, which could lead to her having a fatal heart attack or stroke.
The comedienne said: “I always thought of myself as fit, so I was shocked.
I felt like a walking timebomb. I sobbed my eyes out.
“When Dr Phil told me he didn’t expect me to live beyond five to 10 years, I started panicking about what my children would do.
“But after a couple of days, it made me more determined than ever.
“I felt relieved that I had found out.
“In retrospect, it’s the best thing I have ever done.’’
Crissy, who lost her mother and father after they suffered strokes, admits she would like to live until she is at least 80 and so she has ditched cigarettes.
The actress, who appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, added: “I smoked 20 to 30 cigarettes a day.
“I started in my mid-20s and smoked ever since. I decided to stop there and then. I put patches all over me but it was so hard.
“I was crying, I was agitated, screaming, biting everyone’s heads off.
“The urge for wanting a cigarette never goes but I try to get through each day.
“I’ve got vaporised cigarettes now.
“The stress of giving up cigarettes was awful – but it is all worth it.”
l The programme is to be broadcast in separate episodes on Monday from 9pm-10pm and from 10.35pm-11.20pm on BBC1.