Roz Purcell Reveals How Her Sister Has Been Staying ‘Positive’ Since Being Diagnosed With Cancer

She's made one major lifestyle change.

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It’s been a rocky few months for model Roz Purcell, but the 25-year-old is as optimistic as ever.

After announcing her break-up from her boyfriend of three years, singer Niall Breslin, last month, Roz dropped another personal bombshell today: her big sister Rachel is currently battling cancer.

Rachel was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia back in January, and while it’s a “long-term disease,” Roz says Rachel has been “very positive” throughout.

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Speaking to the Irish Independent today, Roz explained how the pair adopted their dog Wilko under advice from doctors, who recommended Rachel do everything she could to foster a stress-free lifestyle.

“[O]ne of the things she was advised to do was to keep her stress levels down, and it was suggested to us that we get a dog. Rachel and I live together in Dublin, so it made sense because we love dogs and had wanted one for a while,” Roz says of the pair’s Jack Russell, who is a rescue dog.

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“Having Wilko has helped Rachel so much because having a pet there really encourages you to go out every day walking…. It’s the ultimate distraction and de-stresser.”

As for Rachel, Roz says her sister has been reaching regular “health milestones” and is coping well.

Wishing Rachel all the best for a return to full health.

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