Married At First Sight's Mel Schilling opens up about colon cancer and shares candid pics

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13 Jun 2024, 15:58

Married At First Sight's Mel Schilling opens up about colon cancer battle and shares candid pics

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Love guru and Married At First Sight relationship expert Mel Schilling has let fans into her life and behind-the-scenes during her fight against colon cancer and chemo journey.

The Australian TV star shared raw photos documenting her life off-screen, balancing her glamorous day job alongside her life-saving treatment.

The dating and confidence coach wrote a heartfelt post and told followers: "THIS IS ME – for every moment of energy and vibrancy you see there's an equal and opposite moment of fatigue and discomfort.



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Married At First Sight relationship expert Mel Schilling

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"This is my chemo chapter – it's very up and down. Now on cycle six of eight, I'm learning how my body responds and finding ways to schedule my work during high energy periods and making the most of rest and self care in between.

"Learning to rest is a huge challenge for me but I'm slowly adapting. It's temporary and will pass.

"I know I have other, probably challenging chapters ahead, but they are not for today. Self compassion is one of my biggest lessons – I'm learning to cut myself some slack, allow the rest my body craves and to be kind to myself when I can't be my usual '100% energy Mel'."

MAFS star Mel Schilling

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Fans commented: "You are incredible Mel! Your journey and story is helping so many others. Showing us all what it means to be human."

A second added: "Such a brave lady, yes you must listen to what your body wants & needs, so many times in life we don't. The body is a very clever tool."

A third applauded: "Dearest Mel. Thanks for being so honest and generously sharing about your hard up and down journey. Take all the time listening to and honouring your needs."

Mel Schilling has cancer

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Mel Schilling is battling colon cancer

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Appearing on This Morning in January, MAF's star Mel said: "I was ignoring the signs for such a long time, my energy had dropped and I was doubled over and shouting in pain. I was doing a lot of international travel so I blamed it on the travel. In my mind I had a busy year and I thought I could rest in December."

The speaker and author told fans: "Despite this I feel incredibly blessed that it’s a cancer that is relatively easy to eradicate, I’m expected to make a full recovery though it’s a rough road ahead.

"I also feel so lucky to have an incredible support network around me, both personally and professionally, my own family and my TV family have been amazing this past few days."