Former Home and Away actress Tessa James has revealed she is in remission in an exclusive interview with Channel 7’s Sunday Night program.
The actress, best known for playing Nicole Franklin on the Australian drama series, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a rare and potentially fatal blood cancer — in 2014.
Tessa, who is married to rugby league footballer Nate Myles, underwent six months of chemotherapy at the Ramsay Health Care-owned John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast. She will remain under observation but has been given the all-clear.
Tessa told Sunday Night reporter PJ Madam about the six months of treatment she endured.
“No one should have to go through that,” the 24-year-old said.
Tessa was chasing her acting dream in Los Angeles in 2013 when she discovered a lump.
“It was big and it was right above my collar bone. I just immediately got this like, ooh, that’s not right,” she said.
Without aggressive treatment the disease is almost always fatal. Tessa underwent chemotherapy every two weeks for six months.
The treatment left her sick and weak, but husband Nate was by her side every step of the way.
“She goes in there and she’s you know she’s Tessa, but she doesn’t come out Tessa,” Nate said.
“There wouldn’t be many blokes in Australia that have watched their wives shave their head to zero and then razor it. It was pretty crazy she was amazing though, she just took it on.”
The couple said they hope to start a family in the future.
“It’s definitely made us better, made her better and made us as a whole really understand a lot more of where we I suppose, where we want to be later in life,” Nate said.
Tessa is now back living in the United States to pursue her acting career.