BBC Hairy Bikers Dave Myers has fans in tears with health update after cancer diagnosis

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers moved fans to tears as he opened up on his cancer diagnosis during a Christmas special.

The 66 year old TV chef discussed his condition during Tuesday night’s Hairy Bikers: Coming Home For Christmas, 19 December, which also starred his friend and colleague, Si King. The show focussed on the pair’s love of food and cooking – but also saw Dave explain why he had not publicly divulged what cancer he had.

Giving an update on his health following some difficult months, he said: "I didn't want to eat. I would fall over quite a lot. By the second lot of chemo my hair came out really quite radically. Your hair, eyelashes, everything just goes.”

He added: “I've never gone on about what sort of cancer I've got because I feel like that's my business. I don't want newspapers to run a lottery on how long I've got to live. That's not what I want. I felt so guilty because of the effects it's having on my wife Lil."

He also left fans in tears as he discussed how much his biker road trips with Si meant to him after he learned to ride again.

Dave said: "I feel like a hysterical teenager again. I'm going to phone Kingy. It means we can get back on the road together again."

In response to the show, one fan wrote on social media: “Never had a tear watching someone ride a bike before!” A second added: “#hairybikers making me blub 15 minutes in…”

Earlier this week, ahead of Tuesday night’s show, Dave discussed how he feared he would not make it to this Christmas – while paying tribute to the support of friends, medical staff and his wife. The chef, who was first diagnosed with cancer in May 2022 and has been undergoing chemotherapy since, said: “I’ve been ill for the last 18 months and our work-life has been a mishmash and when it was mooted we slowly got back to work and then we did a Christmas special.

"We wanted it to be different and there’s one thing about food and sharing it with people you love and care about, and it’s so much more vital to do that.

"This time we shared that food with people I owe my life to. There’s the nurses, the consultants, the physiotherapists who taught me to walk again.

He added: "It’s a Christmas I never thought I’d be here to enjoy and thanks to these people I am, which I’m heartily grateful for. It’s not closure as I’m still having treatment but it’s a bloody good milestone."

Dave went on: “Knowing Si has been there is fantastic. A lot of the credit has to also go to my wife, she’s been there through it all with me from the start. It’s absolutely vital and I feel really sad for those people who have to go through it on their own."

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