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Janey Godley admits it was 'tough' to finish new book while undergoing brutal rounds of chemo

By Kirsten McStay

Janey Godley has revealed it was "tough" to finish her new novel while she was undergoing brutal rounds of chemotherapy.

The Scots comedian was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and has had a hysterectomy and six rounds of chemo so far.

But despite her health battle, Janey has been working hard on a new book, Nothing Left Unsaid, which is released today.

Appearing on the Lorraine Kelly ITV show this morning, she said: "When I was doing the last edit, it was quite tough trying to focus on the fact I'm dealing with ovarian cancer - it was quite a clash, nothing really takes your mind of it at all."

Fellow Scot Lorraine praised the comedian for her strength and efforts, and revealed she loved the book herself.

She added: "I have belly laughed and felt very emotional."

After Lorraine addressed Janey's honesty with fans about her fight against the stage 3b cancer, Janey admitted sometimes it's not easy to stay positive - but she's determined to keep going.

Janey replied: "People meet me and say don't worry you'll be find and I'm like well you don't know that - I have to accept that I might not be fine, I have my last therapy next week and then they will scan me and see if the chemo worked.

"I have to prepare for both options but at the same time I need to live my life as it is just now."

Janey also said that raising awareness is "important" to her and she has had messages from women all over the world, thanking her for talking openly about her experience and helping them spot symptoms.

Janey spoke to Lorraine on her show. (ITV screengrab)

Janey also said that raising awareness is so important for her and she has had messages from women all over thanking her for talking openly about her experience as it helped them spot symptoms.

She said: "Women email me to say thank goodness you said that as I got checked and have ovarian cancer but we got it early."

Nothing Left Unsaid is about a woman's struggle with cancer but it was started before Janey received her diagnosis.

The story is set in Glasgow between 1976 and 2019 with a woman, Senga, asking her family to see her in hospital as she reaches the end of a battle with cancer.

She sends her eldest daughter Sharon to read her diary, determined to share a secret that she’s been holding on to for 40 years, and revealing the story of five women determined to survive against the odds.

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The journey into her mother’s past is both shocking and surprising, forcing Sharon to re-evaluate her own childhood, her marriage and what she wants the future to hold.

Some, though happily not all of the art, spookily mirrors life in the book.

As well as attracting praise from Lorraine, Janey's new book also went down well with Nigella Lawson.

The famous TV chef took to Twitter to say that it was so good, she finished it in two sittings.

Sharing a picture on the social media platform, Nigella said: "Flying across Australia right now and read #NothingLeftUnsaid in two greedy stints. It’s a novel written with wit, righteous rage and compassion. Thank you @JaneyGodley."

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