Fiona Phillips, 62, makes a rare appearance following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis as she supports Kate Garraway at the funeral of her husband Derek Draper
Fiona Phillips made a rare public appearance following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis as she supported her GMTV colleague Kate Garraway at the funeral of her husband Derek Draper.
The former breakfast TV presenter (62) announced her diagnosis in July and was accompanied by her husband, Today editor Martin Frizell.
Family and friends gathered at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Primrose Hill for a memorial service in honor of Kate’s late husband, Derek, following his death aged 56.
Derek was among the first in the UK to become seriously ill with Covid-19 and was admitted to an intensive care unit when the country went into lockdown in March 2020.
The star, who is married to This Morning editor Martin Frizell, was told she had Alzheimer’s in 2022 but didn’t share her diagnosis publicly until 2022.
Fiona Phillips made a rare public appearance following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis as she supported her GMTV colleague Kate Garraway at the funeral of her husband Derek Draper
She has since revealed that he was put on a drug trial in an attempt to slow down the symptoms, something she says seems to be working for her.
In an interview with Women&Home magazine, Fiona said: ‘I’m on a clinical trial and the signs are positive.
‘I’m taking part in a revolutionary drug trial trying to find a cure. It involves a brand new drug and a placebo, and I have no idea which one I’m on.
‘When I went for my six-month check-up in October, they did cognitive tests to see where my brain was, which showed that I was in the same place as I had been the year before.
‘I am hopeful that the drug will keep the disease where it is. I’d rather not have to be on the trial, but I’m very grateful.
“There are risks, including bleeding on the brain, so I’m a guinea pig, but there’s a good chance it could help.”
Fiona, who has two sons with Mark, stunned her millions of fans earlier this year when she revealed that, like both her parents, she has Alzheimer’s.
Yet the star says she ‘pretends’ she doesn’t have the disease so she can continue to enjoy her life.
She still meets friends for coffee and goes for walks, but has admitted that Mark, her husband of 26 years, worries about her when he is working.