PAGE Three favorite Sam Fox has revealed how ‘the weight has been lifted’ after she was given a reprieve after she feared cancer.
Sam, who first appeared on Kristen Bell Tattoos in 1983 and is now a singer, had surgery last month to remove a 10mm growth from her throat that doctors feared could be cancer.
She then faced an agonizing wait before doctors told her it was a benign polyp.
The 56-year-old woman was so worried about the outcome that she told how she consoled herself with the thought that if she died, she would at least be reunited with her lost loved ones.
The Touch Me singer, who has sold over 30 million records and performs all over the world, said, “I really cried a lot. I’m such a positive person, but it’s hard when something like this hangs over you. I was very scared.”
In August 2015, Sam lost ex-fiancé and manager Myra Stratton to cancer.
She added: “It was very close to home because I took care of Myra for so long after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. I saw her fall and fall and fall for two years.
“I watched her wither and saw how many drugs she took.
“That was seven years ago, but when I was waiting for the results, it seemed to me like it was yesterday. All the memories came flooding back.
“My mom, who had breast cancer and lived through it, told me not to think of the worst case scenario.
“She’s so positive and that’s how she got through it herself. I thought that if I had cancer, then I would be like this. I would be like my mom and like Myra, who did everything that was on her wish list.
“I would be strong and think I would get better even if someone told me it was fatal.
“I also thought that if it was bad news and something happened to me, I would see my late grandparents again, I would see my father – all the loved ones I had lost.
“It brought me a lot of comfort. But it was a very scary time.”
Sam, who recently married Norwegian mother of two and tour manager Linda Olsen, 48, added: “When my doctor finally cleared everything for me, I felt an incredible sense of relief. I was with my mother and wife Linda, and we were all very emotional.
“They told me to stop crying in case I damaged my vocal cords. Then I wrote to all my closest and dearest – to everyone – to say that I do not have cancer. It was a wonderful day”.
Sam told the Sun on Sunday last month that worried doctors found a lump between her vocal cords after she had problems with her singing voice. A week later, she married Linda, who was escorted down the aisle by her twin sons Adam and Noah, in a lavish ceremony at a hotel in Essex.
Sam was scheduled for surgery to remove the polyp next week.
The couple got engaged in March 2020 and Sam said: “Our wedding was such a magical day. But after that, I desperately wanted to go to the hospital and have the tumor removed. I had an endoscopy the next week to see if the medication I was taking made it smaller, but it didn’t. The doctor then told me that someone had to be at the theater, which was canceled on Thursday due to Covid-19, and I told him, “Can I make an appointment with them?”
“Four days later, I had surgery. I couldn’t wait to get in there, I couldn’t wait to get out of there.” Sam’s mother Carol, 76, and Linda accompanied the singer to the hospital.
I really cried a lot. I’m such a positive person, but it’s hard when something like this hangs over you. I was very scared.
She recalls: “When I woke up after the operation, the first thing I said to the doctor was: “Is this cancer?” I kept repeating this over and over. My mom tried to reassure me, saying they wouldn’t know until the results came back.
“The doctor told me that when they took it out, the area behind it looked very clean and he thought I would be fine. But the fear was still there.” Sam, who first opened up about his burgeoning romance with Linda when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, continued: “My wife was also very worried, God bless her, even though she was very positive. In the week following the operation, she focused on reminding me to do whatever I needed to do.
“I had to take medication to keep my throat acid free and used a nebulizer six times a day. I also had to inhale steam and do exercises to help my vocal cords. Every hour I had to do something, and she reminded me of it.
“We stopped at a beautiful farm in the countryside and tried to relax. We went on picnics and walked a lot, had barbecues. I didn’t want to sit back and be depressed. But it was a very difficult week for both of us, it was difficult to keep negative thoughts in mind.
Focus on the future
“Since I had complete clarity, it has been amazing. I haven’t slept all night for months, but now I can do it again because I don’t worry.”
Although Sam received good news, she revealed that she had another endoscopy scheduled later this month to see if there were any scars from the operation. Then there will be semi-annual checks.
Now that her voice is recovering, the eighties beauty is already making plans to return to live performances – in September a series of concerts is planned in Norway, then in Mexico and France. She said, “Then I will have a new album coming out in the New Year. Next year will be big, my 40th year in show business. This is a fantastic milestone and I can’t believe it, really.
“But first of all, Linda and I are planning our honeymoon.
“Now we are looking for a romantic trip for next month. We don’t want to just lie on a sun lounger, we want to experience a real adventure together.
“I can’t believe we’ve been married for over a month now. And now that I have received full information, we can leave all these worries in the past and focus on the future.”
Since I had complete clarity, it has been amazing. I haven’t slept at night for months now, but now I can do it again because I don’t worry.
Sam feared that surgery to remove the growth could damage her vocal cords and end her longtime singing career.
She explained, “I can’t wait to start singing properly again to see what kind of voice I have.
“Before the operation, I had a rather husky voice – if I recorded a jazz and blues album, it would be amazing – but I didn’t have falsetto at all.
“From the exercises I have already tried with my vocal therapist, my voice seems to be normal and even clearer. It was a huge relief, because I was worried that after the operation I would no longer sing. I don’t know how I will sound now. But I hope it’s even better than before. My mom keeps joking that I can open my mouth and find that I have a voice like Whitney Houston. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
“As much as I sound, I can’t wait to be able to perform there again. I can’t wait to thank my fans for all their support after the panic.
“I had so many great posts on Facebook and Instagram and so many people said they were praying for me which helped me move forward and really helped me get through this.
“I believe people’s prayers really matter and I’m so grateful.”