Spine op could have ruined my stage dream - Lorraine
MUSICAL wannabe Lorraine Keane has revealed that she could have been silenced for good by her recent spine operation.
THE former TV presenter was told by doctors that she risked serious damage to her vocal chords during the surgery.
If anything had gone the slightest bit wrong it would have derailed her plans to star in the hit West End musical Girls' Night Out, which debuts in the coming weeks.
"It was a risk that I just had to take. There is no way that I could have done the show with the amount of pain I was in," she said.
Lorraine, who is best known for her days as an Xpose anchor, said she had real fears but couldn't put up with her back pain any longer.
"They had to operate on a slipped disc from my spine that was close to my neck, in order to do that they had to push my vocal chords to one side and there was a risk that my voice wouldn't be the same afterwards.
"The doctors said I couldn't do any vocal exercises for six weeks, so I only started singing now and thankfully my vocal range hasn't changed.
"I was afraid that my voice would be very husky afterwards. I wasn't allowed exercise either but I am starting dance rehearsals now, I slowly added exercises into my routine the last few weeks and I'm feeling much better now," she explained.
The mum-of-two admits she is nervous about performing on stage for the first time where she will sing popular hits such as I Will Survive, Lady Marmalade and Man! I Feel Like A Woman. But her musician husband Peter has been giving her some tips and encouraging her to get stuck into the new role.
"When I left TV3 I told my husband Peter that I would only go back to work if something came up that would really challenge me.
"When I got this part he said, 'you definitely weren't lying, this is a big challenge'. I'm going on tour with the show for four months and I think he's a bit jealous to be honest, he's the one that normally goes on tour.
"But he is very supportive of this and he has been giving me some tips along the way," she said.
Even though Lorraine says she is excited to follow her dream of being on stage, she admits she can't help feeling guilty when it comes to leaving her two daughters at home.
The star made no secret of the fact that she left Xpose to spend more time with her girls Romy (4) and Emilia (7) and although she has spent two years being a stay-at-home mother, she it will be difficult to spend long weeks without them.
"It's not going to be easy, not being able to be at home with the girls and not sleeping in my own bed, there is no doubt about that. But I've had the privilege of having the last two years to do work at home, so it's not as daunting going into this.
"Peter and the girls will join me at the weekends when I'm away, which is great."