Amanda Mealing health: ‘I was actually recovering’ Casualty star on break from show

Amanda Mealing, 52, who first appeared on BBC’s Casualty in 2014, announced she was taking a break from show last April but a BBC spokesperson at the time confirmed her return in the autumn. While it’s not unusual for soap stars to take a break to rest, Amanda revealed on ITV’s Lorraine her time away from Casualty she was “recovering” from some health issues.

When asked about her five-month break by Lorraine Kelly, Amanda said: “I had chronic back pain, I’m sure most of the viewers suffer from it, so I ended up having an operation on my hip.

“So I was actually recovering.”

This isn’t the first health struggle the actress has endured. The day after giving birth to her second son, Otis, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Amanda explained: “As I settled down to feed my newborn son Otis for the first time, I became aware of a lump in my right breast.

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“It was big, solid and it felt quite coarse.

“It was big, solid and it felt quite coarse.

“It was about 5cm across and impossible to ignore.”

Amanda realised the growth was the same lump she had found and promptly dismissed as mastitis when she was seven months pregnant.

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Following her cancer treatment, which involved a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the star collapsed on set as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which she has also been vocal about.

She was diagnosed with PTSD five years after her 2002 battle.

Speaking of her ordeal she told The Mirror: “I literally crumbled down on my haunches at the steps, going up to reception and there were only five steps and I couldn’t make it up.

“At the time I couldn’t because I’d just had, what I call, my hand-to-hand combat of fighting the cancer, so I didn’t have time to look at my emotional and psychological state.

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