Caprice TV exclusive: 'I had a seven and a half-hour surgery to remove my brain tumour. I asked if I was going to die'
CAPRICE OPENS UP ABOUT THE BRAIN TUMOUR THAT NEARLY KILLED HER
Caprice spoke to us at Loose Women today about the shock of discovering she had a brain tumour recently.
She was taking part in The Jump, when Caprice - who is mum to three-year-old sons Jett and Jax - was diagnosed with the shock medical condition.
'I had a very, very minor accident [...] I started to get these headaches right after doing skeleton training,' she explained. 'And then all of a sudden my vision started to go a little, I started to see ten of everything. And that morning we had a live show and the health and safety was really, it’s so ironic, because everyone slashes The Jump, but for me, it sorted of saved my life.
'I kept saying I have a live show tonight I want to do the jump itself just incase I had to because it was a routine. They said no, for health and safety reasons you have to go and see our doctor. So I went and saw the doctor and he was amazing - ordered up a tonne of tests for me, I mean I had my whole body scanned.'
'I went to the hospital, a nurse came in and said, ‘Oh no, you’re fine’ and I thought, "Ok let’s go, I need to go we have a live show." And she said, "No you have to see the neurosurgeon". So the neurosurgeon came in and she sat down and she said, "Well, you know, don’t be alarmed, but you have a brain tumour".’
Caprice continued: 'Obviously I started to break down and cry hysterically [...] and I said, "Am I going to die?"
'My children [instantly went through my head]. It’s terrifying - and I’m relatively healthy and I’ve never done drugs, I’ve lived a pretty healthy life. I couldn’t believe what they were telling me. It’s so weird how you act in a situation like this and sometimes it’s not rational, and for me, I just wanted to be strong for my kids because they’re so young, they’re three, and I wanted to be strong for my partner.'
Caprice added: 'I went home and I just told Ty my partner. I didn’t want to tell my mum right away because she’s, you know, not in the greatest of health and I didn’t want to impose this kind of thing because I was worried for her health. So we found the best neurosurgeon and went to go see him because I didn’t know what benign was at the time, or if it was cancerous, if it was malignant, I was kind of in the dark - it was a really scary time for me.
'I went to go see this neurosurgeon I had every test under the sun, I literally had my whole body scanned again and he said, "It is benign but it is a grower – we need to get it out." So I had a seven and a half-hour surgery.'
Of the moments before surgery, Caprice said: 'I just remember being in bed praying to my dad in heaven, ‘Please I just want to wake up and I want to be OK’. And it was the first time it really hit me. When something like this happens you’re just in so much shock.'
After the operation Caprice said she 'had a party': 'I stayed awake for two days! I was so excited. I was so happy.'
She added: 'When something like this happens you really change a lot […] I appreciate life.
'I’m not going to work this hard, I’m going to enjoy my children, I’m going to enjoy my life and I’ve appreciated so much. We take our health so much for granted – at least I did.'
Caprice continued: 'Right now I’m so appreciative and I’m so happy and I wake up and I thank my dad and I thank God.'