29/08/2014 04:42 BST | Updated 29/08/2014 04:59 BST

Richard Madeley Reveals Cancer Scare: Former ‘This Morning' Presenter Battled Pneumonia For Six Months

Richard Madeley has opened up about his secret health battle, revealing that a cancer scare left him fighting pneumonia for six months.

The former ‘This Morning’ presenter was left stunned when he fell seriously ill in 2013 and immediately feared that the cause could be cancerous tumours.

Richard Madeley

“I’m very lucky in that I’ve been very healthy all my life,” he explains to The Mirror. “Every morning I’ve woken up feeling as I did aged 20. But last autumn I woke up feeling absolutely terrible.

"I was afflicted for about 24 hours at a time with a really unpleasant flu-like illness – aching, throbbing, lights before my eyes.

“At Christmas I realised I had to get it checked out. They did some blood tests but still couldn’t figure it out and thought I might have some primary tumours causing my immune system to break down.”

Thankfully, tests revealed it wasn’t cancer, however Richard still had a battle on his hands.

“So I then had a full body scan which, though nerve-racking, showed I had no tumours,” he continues. “What it did find was a little bit of fluid on the lung.

“I saw a consultant and it turns out I’d had low-level pneumonia for about six months which kept coming back. In the end I saw it off.”

Richard and his wife Judy currently focus on running the ‘Richard And Judy Book Club' and he also recently released another novel of his own.

During a recent chat with Huff Post UK, he revealed how he combats loneliness during the writing process.

“I understand what people mean by the loneliness,” he admitted. “I don’t experience it. I found that my characters keep me company. Writing can be semi-automatic. Characters appear out of nowhere and take on a life of their own.”

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