EastEnders spoilers: Jean Slater strikes deal with Kat Slater ahead of death to cancer?
EastEnders: Jean Slater records message about her cancer
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EastEnders favourite Jean Slater (played by Gillian Wright) has been living in denial and fear over a lump she found on her breast. At the beginning of the year, she visited the doctor to get it checked out and she was told she would need a biopsy to identify exactly what the mass was. But BBC One viewers saw the cleaner scarper from the appointment and ever since, she truly believes she has cancer. The soap is yet to confirm or deny whether Jean has cancer and will survive it or tragically pass away. Express.co.uk spoke to Marie Curie about Jean’s future should she find out she has breast cancer and it has spread to other areas, about the steps she could take to ensure everything in her life is in order before she passes.
Fans will remember how Jean already battled the disease back in 2019 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was then given the all-clear in 2020.
It is not known whether Jean will leave EastEnders by dying from cancer the second time around, but some of her recent behaviour has suggested Jean firmly believes she has cancer again.
During a scene that aired on Friday night, Jean was cleaner The Vic with Mo Harris (Laila Morse) when she suffered a terrible abdominal pain which she blamed on eating prunes earlier that day.
“Not normal is it, Shirley in a frock? There’s only three people her whole family get dressed up for, the vicar, the bank manager or a judge,” Mo remarked but Jean stated: “Well, it’s none of our business.”
“Course it isn’t,” Mo continued and Jean added: “You’ve opened a book?”
“Three to one they’re getting bankrupt, 50 to 1 Tina needs baling out, 300 to one Shirley’s got God – that’s down the Kim, I told her I’m not taking no bets under a pound,” Mo commented.
“I know we all did a little bit of curtain twitching when we were in lockdown but it seems to me we would be better of focussing on the task in hand Mo,” Jean said. “We’ve only got an hour to visit Kat and woe betide you if you forget her lady shaver again.”
Viewers saw her clench her stomach and almost double over as she took a sharp intake of breath.
Mo asked: “You alright?” And Jean lied: “Yes, prunes for breakfast. Asking for trouble.”
Another thing to note in this scene is Jean’s insistence towards speaking to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) – is this because she needs to discuss organising her affairs with her?
As for Marie Curie’s advice, Express.co.uk spoke to Glyn Thomas a Senior Social Worker at the charity about the steps they would give Jean if they found out they had a terminal illness.
“If you have found out you have a terminal illness then it’s important to stop and pause and think about who you want to tell and where you are going to get the support you need, both professionally and within your network of friends and family,” Glyn said.
“Think about advance care planning, what’s important to you?
“What do you want to do with the remaining time you have left, bearing in mind the limitations that come with an illness and decreased energy levels.
“Think about putting a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place,” he continued. “This comes in two parts, one focusing on finance and the other on health.
“They can take up to 12 weeks to set up, but they are important as you are putting someone you trust down to act in your best interests if you are no longer able to make those decisions for yourself.
“Arranging a Will is also very important so that whatever you have – be it large or small – goes to who you want it to go to.
“When you feel ready, it’s also important to talk to loved ones about what kind of funeral you want,” Glyn added.
“Talking about death and dying isn’t easy but we believe in starting those conversations sooner rather than later, so your loved ones know what you’d choose when the time comes.”
EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday sat 7.30pm on BBC One.
About Marie Curie
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity.
The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement
It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK.
Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve the quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience.
And they are calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.
Marie Curie’s information and support line is available for anyone with any questions about dying, death, bereavement and terminal illness. Call free on 0800 090 2309 or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help/support.
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