Mel Schilling: Married at First Sight star reveals cancer diagnosis

Mel Schilling
Image caption,Mel Schilling is one of three dating experts who match people together on Married at First Sight

Married at First Sight dating coach Mel Schilling has revealed she has been diagnosed with cancer.

Posting on Instagram on Tuesday, Schilling said doctors told her she had colon cancer last week.

She added that she would be spending Christmas in hospital as she has an operation to remove a tumour.

The psychologist has been a part of the MAFS cast since 2016, first in her home country Australia and later on the UK version of the show, which airs on E4.

She is one of three relationship experts on the UK show alongside Paul Brunson and Charlene Douglas.

The 51-year-old announced the news with a photo on Instagram with her husband Gareth and daughter Madison.

‘Rough road ahead’

She explained that she developed severe stomach cramps a few months ago and was initially told she had constipation before having a scan and discovering the cancer.

“This week I had planned to travel to Northern Ireland with my family to spend Christmas with loved ones,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Instead tomorrow morning I’m checking in to hospital to have an operation to remove a 5cm tumour in my colon, a tumour that had it gone undetected for much longer would have killed me.”

The dating and relationship coach said she was “blessed” that the cancer was easy to eradicate and she was “expected to make a full recovery though it’s a rough road ahead”.

She added that although it will be “so tough to spend Xmas Day in hospital instead of being surrounded by family”, getting rid of her tumour will be “the best present of all”.

The cast of MAFS UK 2023 - a mix of the 16 contestants made up of eight grooms wearing suits and eight brides in white dresses. The cast are pictured on a purple background with confetti and a floral wedding arch
Image caption,The 2023 series of MAFS ran from September to November

She urged people not to ignore anything that did not feel right and “if you don’t think the answers you have got are right, keep going until you do, it might just save your life”.

Colon cancer is a form of bowel cancer and, according to Cancer Research UK, there are around 42,000 new cases of bowel cancer diagnosed in the UK each year.

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