Shirley Ballas and the 'terrifying' scare that inspired her to make a bucket list

Shirley Ballas has a bucket list
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Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has opened up about creating a "bucket list" after her "terrifying" cancer scare earlier this year. After finding a lump in her breast Shirley went through a rollercoaster of emotions and medical tests including two mammograms, an ultrasound, and three biopsies before being given the all-clear.

The 63-year-old star reflected on the scare that prompted a desire to cherish life more and spend quality time with her loved ones including her mother Audrey, who is 87 years old. Shirley, motivated by the recent health scare, expressed her wish to slow down and appreciate those close to her, saying "I'm always running around."

Emphasising the value of family time she added: "I'm learning as I get older to spend more face time with family." Among her personal plans she shared aspirations for meaningful experiences with her mother: "I've got lots of things I want to do with my mother, we've got a little bucket list going on. I want to go and see the giraffes on a safari, where they come in and have breakfast with you. That would be amazing. I won't do panto while my mum is still with me, I always spend Christmas with her," she told the Mirror.

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Given her family history with cancer with her mother in remission from colon cancer and other relatives having faced the illness Shirley is vigilant about her well-being. She underscored the significance of regular health check-ups: "I get check-ups every three very months. It's ongoing.."

Highlighting the importance of self-care she urged: "It's so important to get checked." Reflecting on the moment she learned of her diagnosis, Shirley previously shared her relief on Instagram, expressing gratitude: "Thank you to you all for your well wishes following my two mammograms, one ultrasound and three biopsies last week. I am feeling blessed to share that my results have come back all clear – there is no cancer present."

Referring to how she posted a picture of herself with a bandaged chest amid her tests Shirley said: "Sharing the picture to my story last week very much triggered my emotions but I feel it's only right for me to share both the highs and the lows of life. If I was able to help just one lady, then sharing my picture was worth it. I got my recall while on holiday and I immediately cleared my diary to allow for the appointment. I urge all women to do the same.

"Please do not put your mammogram, smear test or in fact any appointment off. They really can change your life. Who knows what may have happened if I put mine off? Get booked, get checked, get your body MOT everyone." For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.