MasterChef 2016 champ Jane Devonshire recalls how her attitude towards food changed after her cancer diagnosis and explains her admiration for cancer survivors who “immerse” themselves in the cancer world
Last year, she tingled the taste buds of tough judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her delicious, classic British dishes to be awarded BBC’s MasterChef champion.
Almost two years, later food enthusiast Jane Devonshire is having the time of her life – sharing her culinary skill and knowledge with the masses. But with her incredible win, also came a shocking revelation.
Jane revealed at the end of MasterChef that she had been battling cancer for ten years before appearing on the show. She had chosen not to tell the judges – nor the programme producers – of her story during the competition.
“I did not want my time on MasterChef to be about that,” she explained when she first won. “This is not about cancer but about me – a home cook, an ordinary stay-at-home mum stepping outside her comfort zone and following a lifelong passion for food.”
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When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to think about the physical complications the disease brings – from nausea and hair loss to pain and fatigue. But what about the impact on your mental health?
Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear are very common and are normal responses to this life-changing experience. Many things can cause these feelings. Changes in body image can affect self-esteem and confidence. Family and work roles may be altered. You might also fear death, suffering, pain, or all the unknown things that lie ahead.