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Wilko Johnson: I shouldn't be here
23 Nov 2014 14:02
Dr Feelgood guitarist and Game of Thrones star Wilko Johnson has opened up about his miraculous health recovery.
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The 67-year-old was given months to live in January 2013, but revealed that after revolutionary surgery he was cancer free in October.
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Johnson, who plays mute executioner Ilyn Payne in GoT, talked about the complicated surgery that saved his life on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, saying, "I had a marvellous year last year, there's nothing like the imminence of death to make you realise you're alive.
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"Then right on top of that, the surgeons at Addenbrooke's [hospital] decided that they could have a go at this tumour, and they did.
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"I think it took about 10 or 11 hours or something and they took this tumour out of me. This tumour weighed three kilos, that's the size of a baby.
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"I'd been carrying this thing on stage with me all year, my guitar used to stick out. My guitar used to rock on this tumour. Rocking away like a rocker! So, no, I shouldn't be here at all."
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He added: "The difficult thing is now readjusting mentally."
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