Charlotte Meddings was diagnosed with colon cancer after watching Lorraine’s No Butts campaign in 2021. She didn’t know about symptoms until she heard Lorraine talk about warning signs
The No Butts campaign launched last year has already saved a life.
After seeing Lorraine’s No Butts campaign in 2021, Ipswich’s Charlotte Meddings made an appointment to see her doctor, who was later diagnosed with colon cancer.
The 33-year-old mother of two – William, 12, and daughter Olivia, 10 – says she had no idea about symptoms until she heard Lorraine talk about warning signs.
Charlotte said: “I just had the TV on in the background while I made coffee after weaning the kids and Lorraine and a doctor were talking about checking for gut changes. It stopped me – I’ve had a lot of constipation for the past few weeks. The only way to go to the toilet was to exercise beforehand, which made me quite uncomfortable. I’ve tried natural laxatives but it was still a real struggle. I had no idea why this suddenly happened to me.
“The doctor on TV mentioned that if things get past the three week mark it’s a symptom you should get checked out and I knew it had been taking longer for me so I just stopped what I was doing did, and mine got a call and made an appointment with my GP.”
At the appointment, Charlotte’s GP referred Charlotte for a colonoscopy and blood test, and after another test, doctors found a polyp — a potentially cancerous tissue growth.
However, it was too large to remove so two months later a third colonoscopy was ordered at Ipswich Hospital when it was removed and doctors discovered it contained the tumour.
She said: “I was scared but did my best to put it out of my mind so I could just keep being a mom and make sure the kids didn’t realize anything was wrong. ”
After the polyp was removed, a consultant confirmed it was colon cancer.
Charlotte said: “I was stunned and the counselor seemed just as stunned – she kept repeating how young I was. I am a fit, healthy person; I do yoga, I eat well.
“I held it together in the counseling room, but at home I was so excited. I cried a lot on my parents’ shoulders. They live nearby and were there to support me.”
Charlotte underwent surgery to remove part of her intestines to check that the cancer hadn’t spread. Then, a week later, she received good news.
She said: “I was shopping at Morrisons and my counselor called to say they had all the cancer and I wouldn’t need chemotherapy. I only cried tears of relief. I still have check-ups but I’m so, so grateful that I called my GP at the time. It’s hard to imagine what would have happened if Lorraine hadn’t been in the background that morning.”
Lorraine Kelly said: “I’m very proud of the campaign work that my team and I do on the show, whether it’s our Change + Check campaign for breast cancer awareness or our No Butts campaign for colon cancer awareness, and whether we’re helping those.” to save one life, then everything is worth it.” Charlotte’s story is so positive: thanks to our campaign, she was diagnosed early, her tumor was removed and she no longer needs treatment.
“I’m incredibly honored that we had the chance to be a part of saving someone’s life, what could be better? Charlotte is a real example that colon cancer, when diagnosed early, is treatable and curable. Almost everyone survives colon cancer IF diagnosed at an early stage, and that’s why campaigns like ours are so important.”
The ‘No Butts’ campaign runs in Lorraine until May 5, weekdays from 9am on ITV & ITV Hub.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lorraine-kelly-saved-life-diagnosed-26767637 "Lorraine Kelly saved my life when I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 33"