Hollyoaks star Kéllé Bryan has opened up about her ongoing battle with lupus.
The actor, who plays Martine Deveraux in the Channel 4 soap, appeared as a panellist on Loose Women today (August 31), where she talked about her experiences and the treatments she's received since being diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease in 2000.
"It was actually last week, Friday, I had my last truxima infusion," Bryan explained to her fellow presenters Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin and Andrea McLean.
"I have one every six months, which keeps my disease under control and enables me to live a practically normal life."
She also presented a video of herself struggling to speak after suffering a stroke four years ago.
"It's still hard to watch it," Bryan admitted, as Welch, tearing up, said: "God. I didn't know you then."
"Di, if I could hug you I would," Bryan replied. "I don't want to allow myself to feel like a victim. What works for me is to take control of it, and the way I take control of it is by putting it under my thumb.
"Lupus, you're a part of my life, but you're not the whole of my life," she continued. "You need to know your place in my life. I'm incredibly proud of the way I do my best to handle it."
Lupus is a condition that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. It can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
Hollyoaks returns with all-new episodes on Monday, September 7 at 6.30pm on Channel 4, followed by a first-look episode at 7pm on E4. Loose Women airs on ITV.
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