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Jennifer Saunders missed chemotherapy sessions

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Oct 05, 2013 | 8:00am EDT

British comedienne Jennifer Saunders has confessed she missed her gruelling chemotherapy sessions when her cancer treatment came to an end. The Absolutely Fabulous star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and underwent a six-month stint of chemo to beat the disease. The sessions cost Saunders her hair and left her bedbound for days afterwards, but she admits she became fond of the hours she spent in hospital. In her new book, Bonkers: My Life in Laughs, she writes, "The weird thing is that I came to quite enjoy my visits to the clinic. "If you're me, having treatment is a fairly good thing: your life has a routine and pattern. You do what you're told and I find that quite liberating. "I had the same wonderful nurse every time. Joel was funny and a sharpshooter with the needle; bullseye every time. Friends would drop by with the papers and I had a rota of company keepers. "When the six months was up, I was relieved. But strangely I knew I would miss the routine. I would miss my hours in the white chair. I would miss laughing with Joel. I would even miss my portacath." But despite her postive approach to fighting cancer, Saunders admits she was at her lowest ebb when she lost her hair and had an allergic reaction to prescribed drugs. She adds, "My lowest point came when I lost all my hair; every eyelash, every follicle... I felt chemical. I felt like a chemical. "Then I got a terrible rash all over my face. They think it was a reaction to the (cancer drug) Herceptin. It was horrible. I felt like a great big overgrown baby with pimples all over my face. A big, horrible, red-faced baby."

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