Kylie's atomic chemo
13:30 01 November 2006
Kylie Minogue says chemotherapy was like being hit with an atomic bomb.
The 38-year-old singer has revealed that after having a partial mastectomy she underwent six months of chemotherapy treatment which she describes as a "prison sentence".
Kylie told Elle magazine: "I can't quite articulate it. It's like a prison sentence. It's a bit like being in an atomic explosion and people asking you to describe it, 'So exactly how big is the hole?' I don't think anyone who hasn't had it can understand."
The chemotherapy, which finished last December, caused all the singer's hair to fall out and left her looking extremely frail.
Kylie says that throughout her darkest moments, one person was always by her side - her lover Olivier Martinez.
She revealed: "Olli is the most honourable man I have ever met. He was there all the time and didn't hesitate in cancelling work to be with me.
"On particularly dark days I'd be lying on the bathroom floor wailing and he'd say, 'OK honey, you can cry for just five minutes, then I'm taking you on a bike ride.' "
Kylie says her illness taught her to appreciate the 'small things' in life - like drinking coffee.
She explained: "It would get to five o'clock and I'd think, 'Oh yes, I got through another day!' If you can only have one coffee a day it better be damn good coffee. That one little trip down the street, I'd relish that moment. 'Wow, I'm out of the box!' "
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