‘She has the appearance of a skeleton.’ Amanda Mealing of Casualty talks about being abused while fighting a silent cancer battle.
After continuing to work while keeping her cancer fight hidden from the public eye, CASUALTY actress Amanda Mealing talked up about the online harassment she received in relation to her appearance.
Amanda Mealing, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer just 24 hours after giving birth in 2002. She opted to keep the news to herself until social media reared its ugly head, determined not to let it get in the way of her life.
‘Oh, she looks like a vampire,’ people began to say.
Amanda Mealing is a British actress.
After enduring chemo, radiotherapy, and a masectomy, the Casualty actress, who plays Connie Beauchamp in the BBC medical drama, worried she wouldn’t live long enough to watch her boys Milo and Otis grow up.
In an interview with Breast Cancer Now, the Casualty star confesses to burying a lot of her thoughts and eventually developing what she now recognizes as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).
“I wanted to keep working,” she explained.
“I wanted to reassure myself that I was just like everyone else and that I should just keep enjoying my life.”
Despite keeping her health news to herself, social media soon became aware of it, as some assumed she was simply losing weight.
She sighed as she said, “That’s when social media’s worst side started to come out.”
“People started saying things like, ‘Oh she looks like a vampire,’ ‘I can’t stand looking at her,”she looks like a skeleton,’ and ‘What sort of role model do you think you are?’ ‘You should be ashamed of yourself!’
“At no point did anyone explore the possibility that I might have a major illness,” Amanda continued.
“That was the icing on the cake for me.”
Amanda’s physical battle with cancer was not over, however, as she continued to suffer from anxiety and melancholy around five or six years later.
She described the anguish of suffering survivors’ guilt after losing a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before she was, and she described how she and her family would spend a lot of time thinking about their mortality.
Amanda admitted to the Mirror that she didn’t cope with the “psychological component” of her cancer struggle until she collapsed on set.
She recalled, “I literally collapsed on my haunches at the steps, going up to reception.”
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