Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell has revealed to her fans that a new method of cancer treatment she was undertaking has stopped working but vowed to continue fighting the disease.
Leah, 53 played Zoe Tate in the long running soap and was diagnosed with terminal cancer last October. She funded her own immunotherapy treatment in Germany.
After that bout of treatment failed, she found out that her Chinese genes meant she was compatible with a biological based therapy at home in the UK but she has since learned that that treatment has failed too.
‘We have found out the drug definitely isn’t working so she has been off this for a while while we find out the next steps,’ said Leah’s partner, Jez Hughes, on her Crowdfunding page.
‘We think it probably stopped working back in March or even before. So for the last five months she has been prospering solely on the alternative treatments.
‘This is due to your incredible support as these aren’t cheap. So we are so grateful for the opportunity to keep Leah strong and well. We really believe it is working.’
As The Mirror reported, Leah is gearing up to return to treatment in Germany, with her supporters and donors already raising £64,000 towards the treatment.
Earlier in August, Leah tweeted a heartfelt thanks to her fans, saying: ‘Thank you for all your love and support, it means soooo much.
#gliding Gloriously Living In Defiance of Expectation.’
In April, Leah spoke out about the benefits of medical marijuana as she continues to fight terminal lung cancer in an inspiring Facebook post.
Leah praised alternative medicines and discussed the use of marijuana as pain relief, although she did not confirm she was talking about the drug.
Leah shared her inspiring message alongside a picture of a woman shooting a bow and arrow with the caption: ‘Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.’
She urged any fellow cancer sufferers to do what felt right for them and not be limited by what doctors prescribe, also encouraging any readers to take ‘charge’ of their lives.