Denise Welch revealed she spent her 63rd birthday by her father’s bedside in hospital, days after she broke down about ‘life being tough’ on Loose Women.
The panellist spent time with her dad Vin on Saturday and took to Instagram to talk about her ‘bittersweet’ birthday, which was also the anniversary of her mother Annie’s death.
Denise uploaded a picture of her younger self beside her parents and updated fans about her father’s health, as he suffers complications from gallbladder removal surgery.
Emotional: Denise Welch (pictured with father Vin and mother Annie) revealed she spent her 63rd birthday by her father’s bedside in hospital on Saturday
In an emotional message, Denise wrote: ‘So today I’m 63. But although things are tough at the minute I feel physically and mentally stronger than I have for years.
‘I’ve never been so busy work wise, I’m looking after myself, exercising regularly and have been 20 months without a visit from ‘the unwelcome visitor’, the longest in 32 yrs without a major depressive episode.
‘I don’t know what the reason is to be honest but I’m just very grateful.
Upset: The panellist spent time with her dad Vin on Saturday and took to Instagram to talk about her ‘bittersweet’ birthday, which was also the anniversary of her mother Annie’s death
‘A long post but heartfelt’: Denise uploaded a picture of her younger self beside her parents and provided her fans with more details about her father’s condition
‘But of course today May 22nd is also the anniversary of my mum Annie’s death so it’s always bittersweet.
‘I miss her every day and would love her to have lived to have seen how my sobriety has changed my life and the lives of those who love me.
‘I also wish she’d known Lincoln and known that he would look after me and keep me safe. Debbie and I are so lucky to have the parents we have had.’
Shedding some light on her father’s time in hospital, Denise said: ‘To those asking after our dad, the legend that is Vin Welch, thank you.
‘After months of no appetite and extreme weight loss, he has had complications after very difficult gallbladder removal surgery and has been very poorly indeed. But he is the most amazing man and is slowly making his comeback.
‘I’m spending my birthday today with him in hospital and will tell him about all the love for him that has poured in.
Update: Denise said: ‘He has had complications after very difficult gallbladder removal surgery and has been very poorly indeed’ (pictured together in 1998)
Emotional: During Thursday’s episode of Loose Women, Denise broke down in tears as she talked about her father
‘He’s had postoperative delirium which I’d never heard of before and is more common than I thought and I’m looking further into. It’s been a tough few weeks for my family but I’m grateful for them all.’
The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right part of your tummy which stores bile that helps break down fatty foods.
People do not need gallbladders so surgery to remove it is often recommended if someone encounters complications.
Rounding off the message, she said: ‘I must also today send so much love to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Manchester arena bombing 4 yrs ago today and those who are still living with the mental scars.’
During Thursday’s episode of Loose Women, Denise broke down in tears as she talked about her father after the panel discussed a viral photo of a 79-year-old man sitting alone in Wetherspoons who was unable to buy himself a drink because he did not have the chain’s app on his phone.
Adding to the conversation, Denise said: ‘My dad is in hospital in Newcastle. It’s been really, really tough, but all of these things have added to the fact that he can’t under [breaks off] – the technology is going at such a rate. I can’t keep up with it. I can’t bear it anymore.’
Being quick to offer her support, Denise’s Loose Women co-star Kaye Adams said: ‘We know how special your dad is to you.’
Kind: Denise’s tears came on the show after a photo of an elderly Wetherspoons customer went viral after he struggled to order a beer because he didn’t have the app to place his order
Denise has spoken openly about a number of issues she has had and reflected on her 32-year ‘endogenous’ depression battle in a candid interview earlier this year.
Speaking on The Hot Mess Mums Club podcast with Kelly Pegg and Jenny Powell, she also spoke about her new role as Trish Minniver on Hollyoaks.
Reflecting on her life during the chat, the former Coronation Street star bravely spoke about her battle with clinical depression.
Denise said that her depression started in 1989 after she welcomed her eldest child, Matthew Healy, which she said was the ‘best and worst’ year of her life.
The actress, who also has son Louis, 20, with ex-husband Tim Healy, 69, said: ‘I always said that this has happened twice in my life. 1989 when I had Matthew, was the best and the worst year of my life.
‘The best, because obviously I had Matthew and he is the best thing that ever happened to me, along with Louis, but also because it was the start of my 32-year battle with clinical depression.’
Tough: The Loose Women star has been open with her 32-year battle with depression (pictured with sons Matthew Healy, right, and Louis, left, back in 2015)
Denise admitted that 2020 has also been the ‘best and worst’ for her due to the pandemic but she is grateful that her last episode of major depression was 2019.
She continued: ‘2020 is very similar, the best and the worst. The worst because we have been plunged into this dystopian hell, and especially for those of us who have children we worry about how it will affect them.
‘And, the best because the last episode of major depression for me was in September 2019 and this is the longest, I have gone without a major depressive episode.
‘So, the whole of 2020, and for those people who think that depression is completely related to circumstances, it’s not. Mine is endogenous, but I have been emotional and in floods of tears.
‘I’ve been sad, I’ve been anxious which is a completely normal reaction to the circumstances, but I have not had major depression.’
Denise added that 30 years later, people are now encouraged to speak about their mental health but that there is still a ‘long way to go’.
Family: Denise reunited with her dad in June last year after being separated for three months amid the coronavirus outbreak