Leah Bracknell to pen book on her lung cancer battle

Laura Hannam
The former Emmerdale actress has terminal lung cancer. (Getty Images)

Leah Bracknell, who played Zoe Tate on Emmerdale between 1989-2005, is writing a book about her ongoing battle with cancer.

In 2016, Bracknell revealed that she had stage four lung cancer, and has since been updating her fanbase on her health status with her blog Something Beginning with C

The now 54-year-old actress has written about her book plans in her latest blog article. She wrote: “I tripped over some washing (I know, ridiculous, and painful!) and have been forced to slow down, to stop, confined to the static safety of the sofa out of harm’s way for a few weeks.

“Good in the sense that I have no alternative but to get on with writing my book, but oh the yearning for the sweet nourishment of my heart and soul.”

Back in October of last year, Bracknell wrote in her blog that her cancer was now ‘stable’ after seeking alternative treatment via a new medical trial.

She wrote: “ Last week, the long-awaited scan results from the first phase of the trial I am on, have come back with the encouraging news that, currently, the cancer is stable .

“The celebration is muted, one of relief rather than champagne and fireworks. But it is without doubt the most positive news to come my way in almost a year.”

Bracknell in 1989 on the set of Emmerdale. (Getty Images)

That same month she revealed that she was also using cannabis oil to ease her pain, and raved of its positive effects.

She joked that she ‘envied’ The PM Theresa May as she confessed to making the oil herself.

“I envy Theresa May… I envy the fact that the naughtiest thing she has ever done is run through a field of wheat.

“How might she have fared had she had to break the law to buy cannabis to give herself or a loved one the chance of life?”

“Making the oil at home from the plant is as easy as baking a cake. I have been using it as a vital component of healing. Stopping in recent months for the [drug] trial. I do not believe I would be here without it,” she wrote in a blog post titled: ‘ Cannabis and Me: Breaking the Law.’

Bracknell was originally given just eight months to live after her diagnosis, but has already surpassed the two-year survival mark. Both her and her husband Jez Hughes both spoke of their disbelief of the diagnosis, especially as Bracknell hadn’t smoked ‘for years,’ is a vegetarian and yoga fanatic.

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