Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's: Ross Kemp praises decision to speak out

Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's: Ross Kemp praises decision to speak out

Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's: Ross Kemp praises decision to speak out

Speaking on Loose Women, Pam St Clement, who is a close friend of Barbara's and starred opposite her for years on EastEnders, revealed that she's known about Barbara's battle with the disease for a while.

This comes after Dame Barbara's husband, Scott Mitchell, chose to speak out about his wife's condition, to "set the record straight".

'And she's thrilled to bits there has been such a positive response from the media and from the public'.

Recalling the second when the couple have been informed of Dame Barbara's prognosis, Mr Mitchell stated: "She started crying then held it again, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed: "I am so sorry".

Away from her appearing roles, Dame Barbara might be most well-known for her assist of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Enchantment.

Mitchell said that Windsor was continuing to make the most of life despite the disease.

Windsor, familiar to United Kingdom audiences for early "sexpot" roles in the risque Carry On series and later her lengthy stint as Eastenders matriarch Peggy Mitchell, received the diagnosis in April 2014.

After undergoing a series of mental agility tests, a brain scan and a lumbar puncture, the diagnosis was confirmed. "I hope that doesn't sound odd but when you know something is wrong and you've been looking into it and wondering and wondering 'why are they behaving like this?'. when we got that diagnosis as a family, there was an element of relief, [of] 'oh, that's why.' Then we understood it".

By 2016 it was agreed she would leave EastEnders for the final time.

Jane added that Scott made the decision to make the announcement because he and Barbara still wanted to go out in public.

"Firstly, I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease".

One tweeted: 'Why are GMB talking about Barbara Windsor in the past like she's dead?

"I think this needed to be said, it needed to be out in the open", she said. Alzheimer's is a disgusting thing.

Mr Mitchell stated he was giving the interview as a result of "I am unable to defend her any longer" and "I do know that rumours are circulating in showbusiness circles". We're all rooting for you, Babs!' Ruth and I wish the #NationalTreasure that is Dame Barbara Windsor the very best after her Alzheimer's diagnosis'. He insisted going out is good for her, so he doesn't want her to feel uncomfortable being around people.

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