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Carol McGiffin is ready to party after beating breast cancer

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Carol McGiffin is ready to party after beating breast cancer

Carol McGiffin is loving having her old life back after beating breast cancer.

The former 'Loose Women' panelist - who was diagnosed with stage three of the life-threatening illness last April - admitted she still likes to have a party and has enjoyed being able to go out with her friends and not needing to go home early because she is exhausted from treatment.

She said: "It's great to go out and enjoy a meal and a bottle of wine with friends, without falling asleep at 9pm.

"I don't go out as much as I used to but I still love a party. I'm not ready to start knitting yet."

The 55-year-old presenter underwent a mastectomy, six doses of chemotherapy and 15 sessions of radiotherapy, but she didn't like to think of recovering from cancer as a "battle" and instead she tried to focus on "getting better".

She told Closer magazine: "I never thought about it in those terms. It can become a fight if you think you might lose it but, for me, it was always just about getting better.

"I tried not to think about it - if you think about something too much, it becomes terrifying."

Carol also praised her fiancé Mark Cassidy who was with her every step of the way and even offered to shave off his own hair as she began to lose hers.

She added: "He offered to shave his head too but I said don't be daft. It won't make me feel any better seeing you with no hair."