Adele Roberts has revealed she recently had to ‘week down an alley’ because strangers ‘didn’t believe’ that she had a stoma.
The radio DJ was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year and has been very open in sharing the highs and lows of her journey.
Adele, 43, revealed in October that she was undergoing treatment for cancer and later had a tumour removed through surgery.
As a result of the procedure, she now has a stoma – an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste (urine or faeces) to be diverted out of your body.
However, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star still faces obstacles just going about her daily life, as not everyone is accommodating to her condition.
On today’s episode of Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, presenters discussed whether it is ‘ever ok to wee in public’ following warnings to not go for a ‘wild wee’ while out in parks today, as it could lead to an £80 fine.
Adele shared a very honest tweet in response, writing: ‘I had to wee down an alley way the other day because nobody would believe I had a stoma and was close to having an accident.’
She added: ‘I was mortified but I thought it was better than wetting myself. Chemo detox is unpredictable and hard to deal with.’
Adele admitted she would ‘take the £80 fine’ for having a wee in public.
In response, fans were quick to offer their support, sharing how ‘horrendous’ the public response was while also getting candid about their own struggles.
‘That’s shameful behaviour on their part! Can’t believe you were treated that way. So sorry,’ one person tweeted.
Another said: ‘I had a similar situation during chemo treatment. The serious urgency to “go” isn’t explained at the time. I risked the fine at that time too.’
Adele recently shared that her devastating cancer diagnosis has helped her to ‘appreciate’ her body more, saying she now feels ‘grateful’ that it works.
As she covered Women’s Health, Adele added to the magazine: ‘I feel like I love my body more than ever.’
She went on to say that she tries not to let it beat her mentally and she is thankful that ‘they found the tumour in time to remove it’ and ‘modern medicine’ means she can have a stoma – which she has named Audrey.
Adele recently had a scan which she is still awaiting the results for.
The presenter is keeping her fingers crossed that it will show she is cancer free.
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