Caprice Bourret has made no secret of her shocking brain tumour discovery back in 2017. At the time, the mum-of-two was starring on reality TV programme The Jump and the 48-year-old credits the show for saving her life.
Speaking to Hello magazine, she said: “I found out [about the brain tumour] while I was competing in the show and boy, was it more horrific than any of the challenges. The Jump saved my life.
“I had headaches that weren’t going away and my vision was beginning to act up so the show’s production insisted I see their doctor.”
Diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour, the businesswoman feared the worst.
“My first thought was for my two little boys. I’m their rock and keep my family together. It was the scariest moment I’d ever experienced.”
The Brain Tumour charity report meningioma is the most common type of brain tumour in older people and women.
Caprice is a patron to another charity, Brain Tumour Research, and she stood as a figurehead for its “Wear A Hat Day campaign” in 2018.
The charity said: “Caprice continues to undertake numerous media and ambassadorial appearances in support of our work.”
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Detailing the condition, the Brain Tumour Research state meningioma is a tumour that develops in the meninges – the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Most are low-grade (non cancerous) brain tumours, but some can be more aggressive, which is why medical teams are encouraged to take a biopsy of each tumour.
Symptoms of a meningioma brain tumour, as listed by the organisation, are:
- Changes in vision, such as blurriness or seeing double
- Headaches that worsen with time
- Hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Memory loss
- Loss of smell
- Weakness in the arms or leg
“Symptoms are primarily caused by the meningioma growing to a size that puts pressure on parts of the brain or spine nerves and blood vessels,” adds the charity.
“This is especially true if the tumour is growing inwards rather than spreading close to the skull.”
Treatments for brain tumours include surgery and radiotherapy, with chemotherapy considered for high-grade meningioma.
Thankfully, Caprice had successful surgery on her low-grade meningioma brain tumour and can continue to enjoy life.
Now partnered up with professional skater Oscar Peter, the former model has put her fans’ minds at rest.
Scoring a total of 25 points for their first performance together last weekend, the new pairing were placed in the bottom two alongside presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and pro skater Jess Hatfield.
Radzi and Jess then went on to perform to The Greatest by Sia.
Skating on thin ice, Caprice and Oscar danced to Glamorous by Fergie in the skate-off and secured another shot at winning the Dancing On Ice trophy.