Emmerdale viewers have praised the ITV soap for portraying Faith Dingle’s story as it was revealed that the character had undergone breast cancer surgery.
In an emotional episode on Wednesday, Faith, played by Sally Dexter, held back from a reconciliatory hug with estranged daughter Chas following a heated row.
It later became clear, as Faith removed her bra in front of the mirror and looked at her scars, that she had been preventing Lucy Pargeter’s character from noticing that she had had a double mastectomy.
Fans took to Twitter to share their support for the brave storytelling.
— ❤️ (@EmmaOohLaLa) March 29, 2017
— Lyndsey Fitzpatrick (@LyndseyFitz) March 29, 2017
@emmerdale So pleased you brought in the breast cancer/mastectomy story with Faith. It affects so many people and families.
— Bella Hammonds (@BellaHammonds) March 29, 2017
— Luis Elkes (@luiselkes) March 29, 2017
Tonight's emmerdale was moving, Faith broke my heart #emmerdale
— Moira Barton💗❤💝 (@Moira_BartonED) March 29, 2017
In a report by the Radio Times, Sally said: “I’m delighted we’re covering this issue.
“There are so many people dealing with this situation and they are not alone – they need not be ashamed, more and more women live and thrive with this condition.”
As the episode ended, Faith held her head high, appearing determined not to let her medical history ruin the rest of her life.
“It certainly shows a more serious side to Faith, but she’ll always be a lot of fun,” she added. “She doesn’t do self pity, she believes life is worth living – especially because she nearly lost it.”