Emmerdale resident Vanessa (played by Michelle Hardwick) had a dramatic beginning to the year on the ITV soap after she was held hostage by Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather). She was soon given more bad news when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer earlier this year. As the vet struggles to cope, could she seek assistance from a close friend after being dealt a new blow?
Earlier this year, the vet was terrorised after Graham Foster (Andrew Scarborough) was murdered by Rhona Goskirk’s (Zoe Henry) evil ex-husband, Pierce.
He took her and her young son Johnny hostage for weeks before Rhona and Vanessa’s partner Charity (Emma Atkins) finally realised something was up.
She managed to escape and Pierce was arrested, leaving her able to get back to normal with Charity as they started making new plans for the future.
However, she soon discovered all was not well when she was told she had bowel cancer and needed to undergo an operation.
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After initially keeping the news to herself, she later revealed to her friends and family what was wrong, with them soon rallying around her for her every need.
Vanessa underwent an operation which was deemed a success but she was told she would still have to have chemotherapy in order to stop the cancer spreading further.
Now she has started on her treatment, things are already getting to Vanessa who is reluctant to take a step back from her usual energetic self.
Earlier this week, she went all-out for Rhona’s birthday and talked her into paying a visit to their old student bar.
However, Vanessa ended up having one too many to drink and decided to talk a student into playing pool with her, which soon ended in tears.
The student’s friend ended up recording Vanessa in her drunken state, which soon ended up viral – leading her to face the wrath of Charity.
As the pair have started to hit a rocky patch, could Vanessa now be dealt a new blow as she is forced to stop working if she continues with her treatment?
Ross Stone, Head of Support at Bowel Cancer UK, who are working with Emmerdale on the storyline, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about some of the issues Vanessa could face as a result of her treatment.
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He explained how Vanessa might have to stop working, saying: “Whilst Vanessa is undergoing treatment, she may choose to stop working or at the very least reduce her hours.
“She may also find that she needs the loo more and that when she needs to go to the toilet it’s ‘more urgent’.
“Vanessa may also feel more tired and may need more sleep and rest than normal.
“Like most patients, some days she may feel getting out of bed is tough, but she’ll also have good days when she’s able to spend more time with her family, go for a walk or do some gentle exercise,” he added.
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With Vanessa having to reduce her hours or stop her work, will she find herself in some money troubles and need extra assistance whilst she is unable to work?
However, with Rhona wanting to help her best friend out, could she decide to help her with any money worries she may have?
Rhona revealed earlier this year she had been left a large sum of money by Graham after his death, which she was able to spend freely as she wanted.
Having already brought Butlers’, it’s clear Rhona is in the mood to spend and treat those she loves – could she help out with Vanessa’s finances in order to ease the stress on her relationship?
Emmerdale airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm on ITV
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