I’m A Celebrity 2020: Ryan Gallagher Breaks Down Talking About His Mum's Battle With Cancer
During a chat with all the celebs about their chosen charities, the reality star was in tears talking about his mum’s ongoing battle with cancer.
First diagnosed when he was just five, Ryan told the 13 other celebrities about how his entire life had been punctuated by his mum’s recurring fight with the disease.
“She beat it, smashed it. Then when I was 15, it came back. Beat it again. She lost both her breasts and it came back when I was 25 -- that was in [her throat],” he explained.
“Then it came back when I was 30 and now, currently she’s fighting it as we speak, with chest wall and bowel.”
Speaking to 10 daily before he went into the jungle, Ryan admitted he was worried about being disconnected from his parents -- revealing his father had also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“There’s no telling what the f**k’s going to happen,” he said, “she puts on a very strong face. She’s an amazing woman.
“She might have five years, she might have ten, she might have three months. Who knows.”
“I don’t know what I’m going home to. I don’t know what condition she’s going to be in,” Ryan told his campmates, adding, “breast cancer means a lot to me because I could lose my best friend to it.”
Ryan chose the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “It would be good to win, I’d love it because I don’t want another kid to go through it at 5-years-old, coming close to losing his mum. It’s not a nice feeling.”
In tears, Ryan said, “Over the years we’ve just been told she’s had it and you sort of learn to deal with it. You don’t stop and think, you just go oh crap it’s back again. As bad as it sounds, we got used to it.
You can find out more about all of the celebrities and their chosen charities here.
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