Trisha: "Exercise has helped me through the difficult times"

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Trisha: "Exercise has helped me through the difficult times"

In this week's Closer Magazine, Trisha Goddard opens up about getting through the hardest moments of her life and how running has kept her sane. Here's a preview...

She turns 60 in December, but with her radiant smile, smooth complexion and incredible figure, Trisha Goddard could easily pass for a woman much younger.

And when Closer asks her about approaching the next milestone, she screams and laughs, before gleefully confiding that she's often mistaken for her daughters' friend.

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"I've been in restaurants with my daughters and the waiter's thought I'm a pal of theirs," she giggles, adding that Billie, 27, and Madi, 23, are mortified. "But I work hard to be fit, and keeping young is a side effect."

When she fought stage three breast cancer nine years ago she donned her trainers daily, even running to radiotherapy appointments.

"It kept me sane," says Trisha, who's co-presenting on Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

"I've used fitness as a mental health tool for years, it's helped me survive difficult times. My daughters used to say I'd be like a monster with two horns, then I'd go out for a run, come back and be their lovely mummy again."

Pictured here in 2005 (Credit: Getty Images)

Next year will be 10 years since Trisha was diagnosed with cancer. She still takes medication and has regular check-ups, but doesn't live in fear that cancer will return.

"I'm doing the utmost I can to prevent it," she says. "If you do the things I'm doing, you feel you have more control. It might be an illusion, but I don't care, mentally it works.

"I get very cross when people tell me I'm lucky that I'm fit, or fortunate that I have a good outlook. I'm not lucky, it's a choice, and if you can afford a pair of trainers you can do it too. You make your luck."

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