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Sally Whittaker recalls her real-life cancer troubles

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Sally Whittaker recalls her real-life cancer troubles

'Coronation Street' actress Sally Whittaker has recalled how her on-screen cancer battle mirrored her real-life health troubles.

The 52-year-old star, who plays Sally Webster on the popular soap, has admitted that her diagnosis in 2010 was the worst and most surreal day of her life.

The mother-of-three said: "I was completely in denial and shock. It was really just the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me.

"You couldn't make it up. I remember saying to the doctor 'are you sure you haven't got this wrong? That is my character, not me'."

Sally admitted her husband Tim was a hugely supportive figure during her real-life cancer ordeal.

The actress - who has children Phoebe, 20, Sam, 18, and 12-year-old Hattie - told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "Tim was just amazing. He is very calm and sorts everything and very strong inside. He was my rock. He just said, 'you know it is fine, you are going to be fine'. The way he explained it to the children was amazing.

"Hattie was only five. Tim made the children confident that everything was going to be OK. We said to them 'we have had a lovely life and this is just a blip'. Everyone has them.

"I was scared. You look at life, your children and the alternative is scary. I did have negative thoughts. But because Tim was so positive, I did think everything was going to be fine."