Leah Bracknell writes poignant cancer manifesto after being given months to live

Leah Bracknell writes poignant cancer manifesto after being given months to live


Emmerdale star, Leah Bracknell has started writing her "cancer manifesto" after being given months to live over two years ago.

Bracknell, 55, has already defied the odds as she battles with terminal lung cancer.

Leah spoke at a cancer awareness festival last week about her fight with the disease and her journey so far.

She told the audience: "I wrote The Cancer Rebel's Manifesto for life as a reminder to myself what it takes to keep your head above water.

"To thrive, and to keep on keepin' on while living with cancer and defying expectation every single day."

She went on to say: "Against the fear of cancer, against my prognosis, against pity from others and myself, against being diminished by cancer…

"Against being defined by cancer, against restricted by cancer, against being bullied by cancer, and against death."

Bracknell addressed fellow cancer survivors and the public, adding: "I embrace the strength of my spirit

"I embrace every opportunity that cancer gives me to learn, to grow, to expand, I embrace the glass half full, I embrace healing, I embrace laughter, I embrace joy, I embrace hope…

"And above all else I embrace life."

Her manifesto ended on a positive but heartbreaking note: "For I am a cancer rebel with a fierce heart, an independent mind, a warrior spirit, and an ocean of desire to keep on keeping on and making a difference and making a noise as long as there is sweet breath in my body."

Leah was diagnosed with lung cancer despite not having smoked for many years and now writes a blog called "Something Beginning With C" where she documents her battle.

Bracknell used to play Zoe Tate in Emmerdale.

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