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Former soap star Leah Bracknell battling terminal cancer

British soap star Leah Bracknell has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The former Emmerdale actress, who is now a yoga instructor, has shared her diagnosis online as part of an initiative to raise money for alternative medical treatment in Germany.
The 52-year-old, who portrayed Zoe Tate on the hit British TV series from 1989 to 2005, was in rehearsals for a new play when she received the devastating news.
“It turns out that the universe had other plans,” she tells the BBC. “Life was about to be unexpectedly turned on its head.
“I began to feel breathless climbing stairs… I just put it down to a bit of stress. My abdomen suddenly ballooned – and within a matter of a few days I looked heavily pregnant. I could barely walk or breathe.”
Doctors informed her she had stage four lung cancer.

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