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Former Eternal frontwoman Kelle Bryan was visibly upset as she discussed her battle with lupus, a disease which has forced her to stay away from her children.
The autoimmune disease has at times left Kelle unable to do basic daily tasks such as talk and walk, and the singer has had to go through speech therapy to try to gain back her speech after the awful condition took over much of her life.
Speaking on Loose Women, which she co-hosts, Kelle watched back some footage of her receiving the speech therapy and said: “I don’t tend to watch it because it’s really painful to watch.
“It has been really difficult journey, but it’s not just me going through it, that’s why I’m here today because there’s so many people struggling with lupus.”
It’s estimated that around five million people have a lupus diagnosis worldwide, and there is no cure for the chronic disease, which sees the body’s immune system attack healthy parts of the body.
Symptoms can be as mild as joint pain, but on the more severe end they can be life-threatening.
Kelle revealed how swelling on her brain led her to have a seizure in front of her children, and she has since lost her memories of the days of her life that followed.
Due to her weakened immune system, Kelle also has to stay away from her children, and anyone else in her life who falls ill, in case it has drastic effects on her.
She detailed one time when her daughter Kayori brought home a cold and she ended up in intensive care in hospital with pneumonia.
She has also experienced mouth ulcers and experienced her hair falling out.
Thankfully, there are medical infusions that doctors can provide, and Kelle thanked the NHS for their treatment over the past two decades since she first experienced symptoms in 1998.
“They've really looked after my care over the last 20 years of my life. I've become stable now,” she said of the NHS.
"Now I have 8-monthly infusions. That keeps me well and healthy, keeps the blood cells under control, so they’re not fighting me to a point where I can’t function.”
Kelle, 46, was in Eternal from 1992 until 1998, and then briefly again from 2013 to 2014. Eternal scored 16 top 15 UK chart singles across their career, including I Wanna Be The Only One, Angel Of Mine and Don’t You Love Me alongside band mates Easther Bennett and her older sister Vernie Bennett, as well as Louise Redknapp, formerly known as Louise Nurding.
Kelle also acts, and has starred in Hollyoaks as Martine Deveraux since 2018, and in 2019 began regularly appearing on ITV’s daytime panel show, Loose Women.
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