Brave Bar­bara vows she’ll carry on de­spite suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s

Irish Daily Mail - - Comment -

AC­TRESS Bar­bara Wind­sor has spo­ken pub­licly for the first time since it was re­vealed she has Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The for­mer star of EastEnders and the Carry On films said she ‘still in­tends to carry on’ and thanked fans for their sup­port.

Bar­bara, 80, was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s in April 2014 but she and her hus­band Scott Mitchell de­cided they would only tell close friends and fam­ily.

In a pre-recorded au­dio mes­sage on ITV’s Loose Women to pan­el­list Jane Moore, who broke the story last week, the ac­tress said: ‘Hi Jane, and all the Loose Women, it’s Bar­bara Wind­sor here! I just want to wish you a very happy birth­day, dar­ling Jane. Thank you so much for be­ing a loyal and good friend and help­ing Scott share my news.

‘Thank you to ev­ery­one for the lovely mes­sages of sup­port that I’ve been re­ceiv­ing, it re­ally means such a lot to me, it truly does.

‘Have a great day and have no fear, as I still in­tend to carry on, and God bless ev­ery­one,’ she said.

Bar­bara’s mes­sage left all of the Loose Women panel emo­tional. Ms Moore, who was 56 yes­ter­day, wiped away tears and said: ‘Thank you Bar­bara my dar­ling... lovely.’

Mr Mitchell, 55, pre­vi­ously re­vealed that Alzheimer’s has robbed Bar­bara of mem­o­ries of her 25-year re­la­tion­ship – in­clud­ing 18 years of mar­riage – with him. He de­cided to speak out about his wife’s ill­ness af­ter her mem­ory loss wors­ened.

Mes­sage: Ac­tress Bar­bara Wind­sor

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