She’s known as ‘the body’ her entire adult life, but it turns out supermodel and entrepreneur, Elle McPherson, was recently much more concerned with the inside when she found a lump on her breast the day she turned 49.
‘I thought I had cancer. I was away shooting Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model, so I couldn’t see my doctor and I was really panicking,” she told Mail Online.
‘It was four weeks before I got the biopsy results, so it was a long-drawn-out and stressful period of not knowing.
‘I was lucky — it was a fibroadenoma [a benign growth of fibrous tissue], but it was a really big warning. I did some soul searching and realised that maybe I was taking the wrong vitamins and minerals, not eating properly and was too stressed.’
Elle reveals her busy lifestyle and lack of balance were causing huge strain on her health.
‘I’d put the boys to bed at 9 or 10pm and work until 2am because that was the only quiet time,’ she said.
‘Then I’d get up at 6am. I did that for years. I thought I was incredibly productive; I didn’t realise I was burning out my adrenals and hurting myself just from not getting enough sleep.’
the 51 year old, who launched a wellness green powder two year ago, said she started to take better care of herself and noticed a huge difference. These days she is taking health a bit more seriously, and spending quality time winding down with family.
Learn how to check your breasts for lumps and abnormalities and get them checked immediately by your GP. For more information, head to The National Breast Cancer Foundation