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Rock star’s wife says fighting cancer has made her feel ‘empowered’ – as she praises her ‘superhero’ NHS surgeon following an operation to ‘symmetrise’ her breasts
PUBLISHED: 10:12 EDT, 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:32 EDT, 25 June 2018
A rock star's wife who calls herself 'cancer chick' has told how battling the disease has made her feel 'empowered'.
Jules Peters, wife of The Alarm frontman Mike, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016, and since showing off her radiotherapy burns last year her story has helped thousands of women battling the disease.
'I'm speaking to a lot of women who are going through the same thing as me,' said the mother-of-two from Dyserth, Wales.
'Many women who have been diagnosed, contact me through social media, and I often I speak to them at night.
'I especially seek out those women who are a bit like me, they don't just go into their shells when given their diagnosis but go out there and embrace it, and are determined to try and keep their femininity.'
She added: 'Don't get me wrong, there was nobody more shocked or devastated when I was diagnosed, I was a fit woman.
'But when I met Mr Khattak (Ilyas Khattak, her surgeon) my breast cancer consultant for the first time, I trusted him.'
The 51-year-old had symmetrising surgery just last week so that her breasts will match in size after the cancer was removed, and still faces further operations.
Jules says she's now looking forward to getting a 3D nipple tattoo, which will be another step to restoring her femininity.
Jules underwent two operations at Ysbyty Gwynedd with Mr Khattakfollowed by 18 weeks of chemotherapy, followed by a four-week period of radiation treatment at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
But now, almost two years after she received the devastating diagnosis, she is living life to the full and regularly tours with The Alarm.
The band were recently in Amsterdam, and Jules revealed she was receiving messages from them asking when she was getting back on the road, as they were missing her.
'The boys do roll their eyes a little if they are waiting for me when I'm on the phone with someone who has been diagnosed, I am talking with lots of women at the moment,' said Jules.
'But it's the least I can do to help, to give something back after all the help Mike and I have had. I've been on Mike's 20-year cancer journey, I'm basically a cancer chick.'
The mother-of-two hit headlines last year when she said she was 'glad' she had the disease and felt like a 'phoenix rising from the ashes.'
'After my last surgery on Monday [November 27], I sobbed my heart out after having such compassionate, incredible care.
'I do have my meltdowns but I've always tried to keep them under control, but this time, I felt like I was sobbing away the last 14 months and it was actually quite liberating.'
Her husband Mike, who has fronted new wave band The Alarm since 1981, also continues to receive treatment for leukaemia.
Mike was first diagnosed with cancer in 1995 and has fought the disease three times and has been of a great support to his wife throughout her treatment.
Jules said: 'I'm used to being honest with my feelings about things so giving an honest account of cancer was no big deal to me.
'I've been overwhelmed and surprised at the response from people saying how much it's helped them.
'I want to continue to help and support people who are at the beginning of their own journeys.'