Casualty star celebrates being one-year cancer free

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Casualty star celebrates being cancer freeBBC

Casualty star Shalisha James-Davis has celebrated her one-year cancer-free anniversary.

The actress, known for the role of Paige Allcott in the BBC One medical drama, took to her Instagram to share pictures from her cancer-free party with her loved ones. The celebrations, for which James-Davis wore a silver dress, included cake and a pink number one balloon.

"Have you ever seen a babe more excited about cake? 1 year cancer free babyyyy," James-Davis shared in the caption.

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The actress also posted a video blog to her YouTube channel, opening up on how her life has changed since receiving the mucinous ovarian cancer diagnosis and the all-clear.

In the video James-Davis said: "Cancer is a long-term trauma... [after getting the all clear] I felt like I was in a new body, I wasn't thinking the way that I used to think and I felt like I was in new territory."

The Death in Paradise star further reflected on how she felt when she was told she was cancer-free.

"When I was going through my treatment, before and after diagnosis, it felt like I was running against wind, just pushing through," she told her followers.

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"Once my blood came back clear and there was no visible mucinous cancer, it was like the wind had stopped and I had kind of crashed. It was almost like I stood up and I didn't know where I was, I didn't know how to walk now without the wind pressing against me."

She then went on to reveal that she has since realised how precious time is and how she has decided to only invest time and energy in things she wants to do.

James-Davis's real-life story partly overlapped with her Casualty character Paige when the doctor had a cancer scare following the death of her mum. She decided to take a test to see if she had the BRCA gene, which came back positive, meaning she is more likely to get cancer.

Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.

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If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from MacMillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer.

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