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John Stapleton has revealed he has had a “difficult year” since his wife’s death last April.

Lynn Faulds Wood, 72, the broadcaster’s wife, 75, with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), died within a year of a ‘massive stroke’ at their home in St. Margarets, in South West London.

Lynn was also diagnosed with bowel cancer 30 years ago, when she was given a 34% chance of survival, and after recovering from the disease, she began campaigning to raise awareness of the early symptoms.

Sad: John Stapleton revealed he had had a ‘difficult year’ since his wife passed away last April

Speaking during Thursday’s Lorraine, John said: “It was a difficult year, obviously. Difficult year but I have been tremendously helped by my son, Nick and his wife Lisa and her friends, family and dear neighbors have been fantastic.

“It has been difficult for everyone, not just me this year because of the pandemic and the restrictions placed on us, and rightly so.”

Now John has continued to raise awareness of the early symptoms of bowel cancer with a new “No Butts” campaign that encourages people to see a doctor if they notice certain changes.

Difficult: Lynn Faulds Wood, 72, the broadcaster's wife, 75, with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), died in April from a 'massive stroke' (pictured together)

Difficult: Lynn Faulds Wood, 72, the broadcaster’s wife, 75, with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), died in April from a ‘massive stroke’ (pictured together)

The presenter was best known for running the mainstream UKTN Watchdog show alongside Stapleton from 1985 to 1993.

Lorraine, a friend of Lynn’s, described her as: ‘The first woman to talk about poop on TV, you could just hear the barriers breaking down. ”

To which John replied: “ 30 years ago she was first diagnosed with bowel cancer and at that time bowel cancer was largely the Cinderella of cancers in the UK.

Reflection: Speaking on Thursday's Lorraine, John said: 'It's been a tough year, obviously'

Reflection: Speaking on Thursday’s Lorraine, John said: ‘It’s been a tough year, obviously’

“We talked very little about it, there wasn’t a lot of money invested to campaign on it.

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“People just didn’t know it.

“ When Lynn was diagnosed none of us really knew what bowel cancer was. And once she was diagnosed and once she had the surgery, she said, ‘I’m going to change that. ”

Love: John, who had been married to Lynn for 43 years, is pictured alongside him at an event in London in 2009

Love: John, who had been married to Lynn for 43 years, is pictured alongside him at an event in London in 2009

‘The first thing she found was that there wasn’t even an agreed-upon list of symptoms to look at. So how were people supposed to know if they had it or not, if they should see the doctor?

Lynn then spoke to the doctors and they came up with an evidence-based symptom list, which the Department of Health agreed to.

Speaking about the ‘No Butts’ campaign, Lorraine said:’ But we stand on the shoulders of a giant. We’re just following what she’s done. We can’t quantify how many people she saved, but there must be a lot of people.

Family: Now John has continued to raise awareness of early symptoms of bowel cancer with a new 'No Butts' campaign (pictured together in 1996)

Family: Now John has continued to raise awareness of early symptoms of bowel cancer with a new ‘No Butts’ campaign (pictured together in 1996)

John explained, “ The home office is just filled with files of people saying, ‘You saved my life’ just by talking about it. Because there was this resistance, even now I guess, but especially back then, this resistance to talking about butt and poo.

Laughing Lorraine recalled, “ I can’t believe she told Prince Charles about poop! ”

John continued: ‘She persuaded Prince Charles to come to the old ITV building … and Prince Charles talked about butt and poo, which had to be some sort of Royal first, at least in public! ”

Special Lady: Lynn photographed a meeting and conversation with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at a reception for Women in Journalism at the Ned in London in February 2018

Special Lady: Lynn photographed a meeting and conversation with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at a reception for Women in Journalism at the Ned in London in February 2018

Fame: The couple pictured for the Radio Times on the BBC's Watchdog show in November 1986

Fame: The couple pictured for the Radio Times on the UKTN’s Watchdog show in November 1986

John continued, “ She’s done some remarkably courageous things. She had a colonoscopy and had it filmed…. It has been seen by thousands and thousands of people.

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Speaking about when she was diagnosed, he said: ‘I’ll never forget, she just got out of the doctor’s surgery, a friend of ours was in the kitchen and she just said, “I have colon cancer.”

“It was two days before my 45th birthday, 30 years ago. The bottom line is that at the time, she had a 34% chance of survival and she survived. So don’t despair, it’s not the end of the world if you have it, especially now.

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Last December, John said he was still going through ‘really bad times’ after his wife died – and that he sometimes woke up and ‘thought she was there’.

“I still have very bad times. I wake up and think she’s there, and the pain of realizing that she’s gone… it’s very hard to live with that, ”John said, speaking to The Telegraph. “I think what I miss the most is not having someone to do nothing with.

John, who had been married to Lynn for 43 years, went on to say that he had received 70,000 tweets and more than 400 letters of condolence after his wife’s death.

“But I could only give Nick and Lise a hug,” he said. ‘We got special permission from my doctor to come live with me for a few weeks, and they helped me with everything, especially the bureaucratic nightmare after a death. ”

“ I just can’t believe how difficult it was, and I wouldn’t have gotten through it without them. ”

He added that many bereavement organizations were closed, which made matters worse – adding that he would find it hard to sleep worrying about it.

From growing up in a quaint Scottish village to being a champion of the consumer, how presenter and campaign reporter Lynn Faulds Wood came to fame

From growing up in a quaint Scottish village to being a champion of the consumer, how presenter and campaign reporter Lynn Faulds Wood came to fame

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Born in Glasgow and raised in a picturesque Scottish village near Loch Lomond, Lynn Faulds Wood began early in her career in magazines and newspapers.

Her first media job was at the English weekly magazine Woman before later joining a role with the Daily Mail from 1979 to 1980.

Subsequently, she took a role at The Sun where 100,000 readers joined her campaign to shut down the Club Row Live Animal Market.

Thousands of readers marched on Downing Street after his work and the market was eventually closed.

Following her success in both national newspapers, she joined Breakfast television, presenting the UKTN’s Breakfast Time from 1984 to 1986.

The presenter hosted Watchdog alongside John Stapleton – to whom she was married – from 1985 to 1993.

She survived bowel cancer while working for the program and called for better knowledge of the disease.

Faulds Wood has presented cancer programs including Doctor Knows Best and Bobby Moore & Me.

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His bowel cancer investigation ‘Bobby Moore & Me’ drew 6.5 million viewers and 28,000 letters

She also helped create the world’s first evidence-based guide to her cancer symptoms, officially adopted by the Department of Health in 2000.

As part of her campaign, Faulds Wood co-founded the European Cancer Patients Coalition in 2002, which she chaired in 2003-2010. She has helped set up MEPs against cancer and is recognized for helping to put cancer on the official European agenda

Faulds Wood also introduced the World In Action survey program in the 1990s, before becoming a consumer champion on GMTV between 2003 and 2009.

In 2006, she worked with Dame Esther Rantzen to present the UKTN Old Dogs consumer rights program New Tricks.

In 2010, she said she was considering entering politics by running for the UK Parliament in the general election.

Instead, she remained a health activist, still appearing regularly on television to talk about cancer and consumer issues.

In 2016, Faulds Wood rejected an MBE, saying the honors system had to be dragged “ into the 21st century. ”

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