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Sarah Ferguson has given a breast cancer surgery update and revealed how the fluffy friends playing a part in her recovery are the late Queen Elizabeth's corgis.
It was revealed in June that The Duchess Of York, 64, had been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer, undergoing surgery at the time, which was successful.
Now, the former wife of Prince Andrew has shared that she is "slowly working her way back to a healthy body" following the surgery, which lasted eight hours, while talking in the latest episode of her podcast Tea Talks with the Duchess and Sarah.
"I am slowly working my way back to a healthy body post-surgery. The corgis and I are so excited to be taking our walks together again! I can’t thank my doctors, nurses, and medical professionals enough. I encourage anyone who can to get screened. Don’t wait," wrote Sarah on social media.
She's not recovering alone either as the duchess remains surrounded by Queen Elizabeth II's corgis and her own five Norfolk terriers. Sarah adopted the late Queen's dogs following her death in September 2022, moving them to Royal Lodge, the home in Windsor she shares with her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.
Chatting with her co-host, Sarah Thompson, she explained how the pups have kept her active while describing them as 'needy' when she couldn't get out to walk them following her surgery.
Describing the time while she was on bed rest, Sarah explained: "They're used to people coming in and taking them for walks. So they look at me and they're going, 'And your point is what? You've got your feet up watching Wimbledon? Oh no mum, you're out! We have things to do.'"
Back on the mend now, the duchess is allowed to begin walking with her pets once again. "I did hear today that I'm allowed to do more walking so they might be happy with me now." she added.
"I took all the seven doggies yesterday to where the Queen would have walked them, and so I was chatting to them saying, 'now where do we go?' And they were sort of showing me the way."
As she shared a clip of the podcast to Instagram, many of Sarah's 607K followers agreed that walking is great for recovery. One commented: "Walking is the best way to recover. I'm 18 months post mastectomy for #breastcancer. Walking in nature is a great healer for body and mind. Best wishes for your recovery. Xx"
The Duchess discovered her cancer after a routine mammogram, allowing for "early detection" and it was great news all-round when the surgery was successfully completed.
The surgery took place at King Edward's VII's Hospital in London with the grandmother of three, who was also a guest speaker at a Breast Cancer Gala Dinner in 2019, feeling "very grateful to those who saved her" during the long medical procedure.
A friend of the Duchess recently told The S un: "The surgery took getting on for eight hours and was more involved than people think.
“Today, the message she wants to get out is that she’s very grateful and she feels very lucky to be alive. She wants to thank the two incredible surgeons Christine Choy and Stuart James who saved her life and all the medical team who worked tirelessly to help her.”
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