Tessa James ‘I wanted to die after cancer diagnosis’

Jennifer Fletcher

Former Home and Away star Tessa James reveals she wanted to die while she was having chemotherapy.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the 25-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma two years ago, said: “I hit a point where I didn't know what I was doing, why I was here, what was happening, where my life was going."

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Tessa James. Source: Getty

"I thought I knew. I was 23, and all this bad stuff was happening. I tried to spiritually find why. I got through it because I had to get through it."

Tessa James during her treatment. Source: Instagram

James, who is married to NRL player Nate Myles, says she found strength and decided to not sit around and feel sorry for herself.

Tessa James with her husband, Nate Myles. Photo: Getty Images
Tessa James attends the Dally M awards. Photo: Getty Images

“What was the other option? To sit and feel sorry for myself? I think I had to hit that low point, to be in so much pain and so upset and so traumatised, to then have that sense of empowerment again: I can get through this,” she added.

The actress was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after finding a lump above her collarbone. After six months of chemotherapy, the star went into remission and has been cancer free for a year.

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