'Home and Away' star dies after 10-year battle with brain cancer
On May 4, 2018, Cathy Godbold, 43, passed away. She was known for the Australian soap opera Home and Away, in which she took the role of Meg Bowman.
As Mirror reported, she had been diagnosed with brain cancer a decade ago and she fought it all those years but, sadly, she lost the battle. While most people would feel depressed with such illness, Godbold was completely different.
Sally Browne, the actress’ close friend, pointed out that she would ‘sit bolt upright and dance’ to any Coldplay 's song despite the fact that she was at the hospital.
Browne added that even though Godbold never stopped fighting and that she seemed to be improving, brain tumors eventually take over and it was exactly what happened to her.
Godbold’s character in Home and Away, Bowman, starred a well-remembered storyline in the soap as she was fighting Leukemia. In the end, Bowman was shown watching the sunrise for the last time in Blake Dean’s arms, her boyfriend.
That episode aired in 1992, when nobody even thought that Godbold would contract a similarly dangerous disease in the future. Her cancer diagnosed came in 2007, when she was just 32 years old.
At that point, she was portraying Deborah Hale, the sexy journalist in The Saddle Club. Her cancer forced Godbold to quit acting and take care of her health as she underwent brain surgery to remove the tumor and got many rounds of radio and chemotherapy.
After that, she was declared cancer-free. She admitted that since she was young and healthy, her chances to overcome the illness were higher than the rest of the cases and that the early diagnose also helped her.
In January 2018, Godbold was taken to the hospital after she broke her foot and, unfortunately, doctors discovered that the disease reappeared in the same place but that is was in its terminal stage.
Ross Mitchell, the actress stepfather, revealed that it was impossible to treat or to operate as it progressed at a quick rate. Godbold once admitted that she couldn’t remember filming the soap opera because the tumor ‘stole’ her memory.