CHARITY Dingle and Vanessa Woodfield’s relationship buckles under pressure next week in Emmerdale as Vanessa asks Rhona to look after son Johnny if she dies.
Vanessa has been diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
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Viewers know that Charity has struggled to cope with Vanessa’s cancer diagnosis ever since her girlfriend broke the bad news to her.
Vanessa confided in her sister Tracey that Charity was in denial about it all and that she’d gone to the hospital without her.
Tracey then lashed out at Charity and told her to stay away from Vanessa and leave things to her if she was going to bury her head in the sand.
Charity did kind of get her act together but viewers know there’s been a rift between her and Vanessa ever since.
And it looks like things are about to worsen as this week’s episodes of Emmerdale will see Vanessa turn to Rhona for support.
But disaster strikes when they head out to celebrate Rhona’s birthday and Vanessa goes too heavy on the booze.
Struggling to cope with her cancer diagnosis, she ends up fighting a student in a bar.
The incident is captured on camera and eventually ends up doing the rounds on social media, leaving Charity worried when she sees it.
Next week’s episodes of Emmerdale will see Charity receive another blow when Vanessa asks Rhona to be Johnny’s guardian in the event of her death.
The upcoming scenes will see Charity hurt and wounded by Vanessa’s decision – why hasn’t she picked her?
The big question is: as Vanessa and Charity continue to grow apart will they realise they need each other now more than ever?
Speaking about the cancer storyline, Vanessa actress Michelle Hardwick said: "This is such a challenging storyline, but we’ve been working closely with Bowel Cancer UK, who have been enormously helpful to me in researching Vanessa's symptoms and treatment.
"I hope to do Vanessa’s story justice. I was actually really shocked to learn that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, but diagnosed early is treatable."
Genevieve Edwards, Chief Executive at Bowel Cancer UK said: "This storyline will help to raise awareness of bowel cancer, and we hope it encourages viewers to recognise the symptoms and visit their GP if they’re concerned."
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