Published: 00:01, 14 February 2018 |
Tracey Sandy and her husband Tim had an extension built on their house, in Westlands Avenue, Sittingbourne, in the summer of 2016.
But they were unable to finish decorating as Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer in November the same year.
The 47-year-old underwent treatment, which included operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The couple’s children, Sherrie, 27, and Shane, 24, nominated their mum for the TV programme.
And on September 6 last year, she returned home after going to a friend’s house to be greeted by one of her childhood idols and a life-changing home makeover.
“Meeting Peter Andre was a dream come true,” she said. “I have idolised him for years. I’ve been to his concerts and met him at a perfume shop signing, but to actually have him in my house was unbelievable. He is a genuine, nice man.
“Everybody involved in the making of the show were lovely people.
“The whole experience was just amazing. I never would have expected something like this to happen to someone like me.”
Peter Andre and his team, along with interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson, transformed Tracey’s lounge-diner and office area.
“It’s lovely,” she said. “The lounge-diner is beautiful and the office is just so practical.
“It’s just what I would have envisaged doing myself but probably never would have done.”
Tracey, who is chairman of Park Regis Junior Football Club, also does a lot of fundraising for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent after Sherrie had leukaemia as a child, so she has a lot of paperwork.
“It’s much better for me and my family now,” she said. “I can’t actually put into words what I want to say to everyone – but thank you just doesn’t seem enough.
“I will be forever thankful to Peter Andre and the 60 Minute Makeover team and to everyone who came out and helped redecorate my home on the day.”
Tracey has just been told the treatment has worked and she has been given the all-clear.
The good news was revealed at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham and came just over a year after the cancer was discovered.
Tracey said she is now preparing herself to watch the programme featuring her home, due to be aired tonight – but she has mixed feelings about it.
She said: “I’m really excited to see the show but I’m really nervous because it will take me back to when I had no hair and make me think about all that we went through.”
“It will be a mixture of emotions – I think I’ll have a box of tissues at the ready.”
The episode of 60 Minute Makeover featuring Tracey is set to be shown on Quest Red tonight at 7pm. Quest Red is on Freeview 38, Freesat 169, Sky 162, Virgin 215 and BT TV 38.
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