Stacey Solomon's Sort Your Life Out co-star returns to show after cancer surgery

Stacey Solomon’s co-star has returned to Sort Your Life Out after revealing she was undergoing cancer treatment.

Dilly Carter explained her absence from the show, which sees cluttered family homes transform into new, tidier and better than ever, last week, as she reflected on her cancer journey.

She said at the time that she had just undergone surgery for cancer and was in a lot of pain, admitting watching the show – which saw Mrs Hinch step in – would be ‘bitter sweet’.

‘The episode reminds me of how poorly I was and how much pain I was in when this episode was filmed.

‘I had just come out of hospital following major surgery to remove the cancer and my entire reproductive system.

‘I obviously could not film so was so grateful someone could step in. But I was also so sad to miss it!’

However, organiser Dilly returned to the BBC show on Thursday’s episode, where the group headed to Nottingham to help a family with five children.

She was joined on the decluttering journey by carpenter Rob, cleaner Iwan, and of course Stacey.

‘I’m back this week!!!! Tackling a LOT as per usual.’ Dily announced on her Instagram stories, alongside a clip of her clambering into the contestants’ lofts ready for a big organisation.

‘So glad Dilly is back as she is amazing and I really hope she is ok,’ one fan wrote.

Another said: ‘I missed Dilly last week, so glad she’s back.’

‘Glad Dilly’s back!’ a third echoed.

In her post last week, which has now been deleted, Dilly explained that she had been diagnosed with womb cancer last year and is doing well thanks to surgery.

The 42-year-old went on: ‘I can’t believe how far I’ve come since December. It already seems like a life time ago already.’

Now in the all clear, earlier this summer she underwent radiation to stop the cancer from returning, and will require regular check-ups but has been assured the cancer is slow-growing.

She told her story in a lengthy video to social media in April, explaining she had undergone treatment for large, painful fibroids in her stomach and uterus, requiring major surgery to remove them.

And two weeks later, she learned the fibroids had been tested for cancer, revealing she had stage one cancer of the womb.

However after investigation it was seen that a fibroid was in her uterus, with ‘no space for a baby.’

Becoming emotional at this point in the video, she added: ‘That private surgery I moaned about paying for had just discovered I had cancer and potentially saved my life.’

Earlier this week, Dilly posted a sweet video to Instagram celebrating filming series four wrapping up.

She wrote about the difficulties she faced filming while recovering from surgery, and how she was ‘almost unable to work’.

Alongside a clip of some behind-the-scenes snaps from production, Dilly said: ‘What an amazing series this has been with an incredible production team and amazing families with such different, powerful stories.

‘This was my hardest series yet as I filmed post-recovering from two major operations and the unexpected complications of those and then throughout my course of radiation.

‘Which in the last two weeks was unbelievably hard. I was almost unable to work due to the side effects of it but I did it.

‘I wanted to keep going, I needed to keep going and focus on work to get me through.

‘So as much I could I did but not without the support of some amazing people. And I’m so glad I did it because some of the families I had such a connection with and you will soon see why.

‘They say it takes an army and I think I have the best one around from the @sortyourlifeout cast and crew to my own personal family and friends and of course you dollies.’

‘Dilly, you are amazing,’ one fan commented, as another wrote: ‘Loving the new series. You really are an inspiration to everyone.’

Someone else penned: ‘Amazing Dilly, great series and love having you back on my screen.’

Sort Your Life Out continues on BBC One on Thursday at 8pm.

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