Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold reveals she feared her husband ‘wouldn’t fancy her’ after her mastectomy and says nobody told her how cancer would affect her sex life
- Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, 58, spoke about cancer battle on Lorraine
- First diagnosed with breast cancer after finding pea sized lump in October 2016
- Recovered and was told cancer had ‘little chance’ of coming back but it did
- Had a mastectomy earlier this year and has been told she has ‘the all clear’
- She revealed: ‘The first thing I thought was is my husband going to fancy me?’
Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold has revealed how she worried her husband wouldn’t fancy her after having a mastectomy.
Jacqueline, 58, from London, was first diagnosed with breast cancer after finding pea sized lump in October 2016, but went on to recover from the disease, before it returned earlier this year.
The Ann Summers CEO said she’d had ‘an awful year’ as she discussed her cancer battle on Lorraine, revealing she had a mastectomy earlier this year.
She said: ‘You know the first thing I thought was, “Is my husband going to fancy me?”. Those are natural thoughts.’
She added that doctors should warn women about how treatment will affect their sex life, in the same way that men who are battling prostate cancer are told about the impact.
Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, 58, opened up about her mastectomy on Lorraine and said her first thought was worrying if her husband Dan Cunningham, 41, would fancy her
Jacqueline, who is married to mortgage broker Dan Cunningham, 41, discovered the pea-sized lump herself in October 2016. She’d had a mammogram the previous March, but nothing was detected at the time.
She underwent 12 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and doctors told her she had 100 per cent responded to the treatment plan.
She went on to recover from the disease in 2017, and was told there was little chance of it coming back.
But the business woman appeared on Lorraine this morning to reveal it had returned and admitted she’d had an ‘awful year’ battling breast cancer.
Jacqueline revealed she worried that her husband Dan wouldn’t fancy her after she had a mastectomy earlier this year (pictured together)
She said: ‘Obviously I was here last year talking about how I’d had a complete response to treatment and there was very little chance of it coming back, but it did.
‘Unfortunately it did come back, its certainly been an awful year.’
But Jacqueline suggested her positive mental attitude and self belief helped her through the battle, saying: ‘I’ve had a lot of self belief, I’ve had a ninja-like approach.
‘You’ve got to be very focused, you’ve got to have a plan. Certainly for me, that has really helped me through it.’
The Ann Summers CEO went on to reveal that her positive mental attitude had helped her through her cancer battle
Jacqueline suggested she and her husband Dan had gone through ‘a process’ with her mastectomy and tried to ‘normalise’ it at home (pictured together)
She added: ‘If you can beat it once, you can beat it again. And I think that should give people confidence if that happens.’
Lorraine went on to reveal the businesswoman had had a mastectomy earlier this year, and asked how it impacted her confidence.
Admitting that she worried what her partner would think, Jacqueline said: ‘I went through a process, even myself, touching it before looking at it and doing the same with my husband.’
Jacqueline said she was determined to normalise her cancer battle and mastectomy at home for her 10-year-old daughter Scarlett
‘And really just trying to normalise it at home, because I have a 10-year-old daughter Scarlett as well.’
Jacqueline suggested it had impacted her sex life with her husband, saying: ‘Nobody in the health profession talked about how it was going to affect my sex life.’
She said it was ‘different’ for men whose sex life was impacted by cancer, saying: ‘If it was prostate cancer or something, they immediately talk about how it will affect their sex life, but it’s different for women.’
Jacqueline said nobody in the health profession had warned her about how her cancer treatment would impact her sex life
Jacqueline went on to reveal she’s created a new product range in partnership with Breast Cancer now called ‘My Very Important Vagina’ and called it a ‘soft’ and ‘safe’ way for women.
And Jacqueline explained that she was now in recovery from the disease, saying: ‘I’m all clear, for me I’ve just got to live my best life now.’
She added that she was determined to keep a positive mindset about her disease, saying: ‘I’ve got to be honest, you go through a stage where you’re constantly looking over your shoulder- but you don’t do that when you get in the car.’
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