Eamonn Holmes says he gets ‘resentful’ over health woes and admits he has to ‘work hard at trying to walk’ while praising wife Ruth Langsford for her support
Eamonn Holmes has admitted he gets ‘resentful’ over the fact he’s not as healthy as he used to be and has to ‘work hard at trying to walk’ amid years of chronic back pain.
The GB News Breakfast anchor, 63, recently revealed he ‘can’t walk’ after spinal surgery in September last year, following which he suffered a horrific fall.
While last month, he underwent a spine and neck stretching procedure in a bid to improve his mobility.
The television star has praised those around him who are on hand to help, including his beloved wife Ruth Langsford, 63, but he admits he struggles to get through each day.
Eamonn told the Mirror: ‘I get resentful that I’m not the way I used to be but I just get on with it.
Difficulties: Eamonn Holmes has admitted he gets ‘resentful’ over the fact he’s not as healthy as he used to be and has to ‘work hard at trying to walk’ (pictured in June)
‘I work hard at trying to walk. It’s very hard to get through a normal day but I have help from people around me.’
On is appreciation for Ruth being there for him, he added: ‘Ruth’s not a particularly tolerant person but my god I’m so indebted to her.
‘She’s from an army family and she just gets on with it, she’s a tour de force.’
In a recent interview, Eamonn shared how he’s feeling health-wise, admitting that he feels ‘humble’ and ‘helpless’ for needing physical help from others, but insists he’s doing ‘everything I can’ to get his health back on track.
Speaking to best magazine, Eamonn said: ‘Well, I can walk if that’s what you mean (50 steps, to be exact) but I now accept life is easier with help from others. Getting around with crutches is exhausting. I wish I could walk further but, for now, I can’t.’
Detailing how he feels having to rely on others to give him physical assistance amid his mobility issues, Eamonn confessed that constantly asking for help is ‘truly draining’, but he’s ‘grateful’ for it nonetheless.
He explained of his feelings: ‘Humble, helpless but grateful. However, it’s truly draining when you have to say, “do you mind? Could you…? Thank you, I’m sorry.” The good news is the op last year cured me of my back pain…I lost full mobility. I’m doing everything I can to get better. But it’s slow.’
Despite his debilitating health woes, Eamonn says that it’s his work that keeps him ‘sane’, with the star continuing presenting duties on GB News as he ‘must use my brain’.
Grateful: The television star has praised those around him who are on hand to help, including his beloved wife Ruth Langsford , 63 (Ruth and Eamonn pictured in July last year)
He added that despite him seemingly appearing ‘fixed’ on TV, he’s far from it, but tells how he loves getting out and about despite it being a ‘terrible effort’.
The former This Morning host also admitted that he’d been ‘mocked’ on social media for using a mobility scooter, but defiant Eamonn told how he still goes out as it’s ‘mentally uplifting’ and better than sitting in his armchair not going out.
Looking to his future, Eamonn went on: ‘For the short term it’s to have someone with me, assisting me. Will it go on for six months? A year? I don’t know but I haven’t lost my need to work. What is the point of not doing things? I thank God that mentally I can cope…I have a joie de vivre.’
Last month, Eamonn looked on the bright side amid his woes as the broadcaster poked fun at his appearance as he shared a snap tied to a spinal decompression table.
Eamonn had straps holding down his shoulders and one around his head, which he joked resembled a retro sweat band.
He captioned the snap: ‘I look like an 80’s Disco dancer …. but actually on a rack having my neck and back stretched. Spine decompression’.
While wife Ruth Langford wrote: ‘Ouch! I like the 80’s vibe though!’.
It comes after Eamonn admitted he’s ‘not good’ as he gave a worrying health update during his first GB News show back after a summer break.
Cruel taunts: The former This Morning host previously admitted that he’d been ‘mocked’ on social media for using a mobility scooter
In a chat with guest Tim Franklin, who is running around the world, the beloved TV presenter revealed how he struggling to cope after undergoing spinal surgery last September, following which he suffered an horrific fall.
As Tim detailed his own health issues and back problems, Eamonn admitted he ‘hadn’t recovered’ from his, confessing: ‘I can’t run, I can’t walk, I can’t do anything except watch TV and eat,.’
He explained: ‘I just got problems last year in my back, which I haven’t recovered from. It’s not good, it’s not a good recipe I have to say.’
In spring 2021, the star first started experiencing severe back pain, which came out of nowhere, and left him reliant on a walking stick. He eventually discovered it was three slipped discs that affected the movement of his right leg.
In December 2021, Eamonn told The Sun how his struggles with his ‘trapped sciatic nerve’ had an impact on his family who had to help him with everyday tasks.
He admitted: ‘It’s been a difficult year. For months now I haven’t been able to walk, sometimes at all, and it has really taken its toll on everyone around me too…
‘I can’t bend down to pick things up so Ruth ends up having to wait on me, and I know my sons particularly are a bit embarrassed by the way I move around.’
Things took a turn for the worse when, last May, he flew to Belfast to host an event in honour of close friend, broadcasting legend Gloria Hunniford.
Pain: The GB News Breakfast anchor, 63, recently revealed he ‘can’t walk’ after spinal surgery last September, following which he suffered a horrific fall (pictured during treatment in April)
He ended up in A&E at the city’s Royal Victoria Hospital, after his spinal problems caused bladder and bowel issues.
Eamonn was immediately admitted for emergency surgery, only for the operation to be postponed at the last minute, when the surgeon decided it was ‘too complicated.’
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Eamonn told how a scan first revealed the three protruding discs, explaining: ‘I still thought it would go away, but it didn’t. The knock-on effect was that I lost a lot of use in my right leg.
‘I got epidural injections, which helped to a degree, but didn’t cure the problem. I started using a stick, so life was already becoming more curtailed.’
‘The spine and all the nerves that lead off it affect so many other things, which he felt needed to be addressed first. I was crushed. I had been in severe pain for a year, and I desperately hoped this might be the answer.’
Instead, he spent nine days being monitored in hospital before returning to England – to a full work schedule, culminating in live coverage of the death of the Queen in September.
After contacting a specialist surgeon, Eamonn went under the knife in late September. ‘It went well — the doctor tidied things up, and generally the pain has gone, which is brilliant,’ he said.
However, the spinal surgery left him with a weakened left leg, too, and just over two weeks into his recovery from the operation, Eamonn fell backwards down 18 stairs at the Weybridge home, hitting the stone floor at the bottom.
The horrific accident could easily have killed him. Instead, he emerged with a broken shoulder, and his legs further weakened.
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