Fri, 24 May, 2019
Happy news: Johnny Ruffo makes heartwarming announcement
Just two years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, Home and Away actor and musician Johnny Ruffo has announced he is returning back to work.
The 31-year-old underwent a lifesaving operation to remove a seven-centimetre brain tumour.
He then underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy to get rid of the remaining 5 per cent of the mass.
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Today is exactly a year since i was rushed to hospital to have an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour, it has been a crazy ride and im not quite finished yet but i want to share some snaps of the past year and say thank you to everyone who has been there for me and supported me throughout this time 😃 #braincancer #fuckcancer
It’s now been six months since Ruffo was told he was in remission and he’s proud to announce he is ready to return back to work.
He told Channel 7’s The Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies about the good news.
"I'm getting back into work ... slowly keep kicking on," Ruffo said with a smile.
"Now that I have the all-clear in the health part of things, I'm going to get back into television, back into acting, might even dip my toe into theatre – if the role is right," Ruffo revealed.
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Although it’s unlikely that he will return to Summer Bay, Ruffo has plans to get back into singing.
He was on The Morning Show to promote his new single called Broken Glass.
"This song is a ballad – the first I've ever done - and it's about the support group around you and not being afraid to ask for help. When you're down sometimes you need someone to pull you back up again, and it's about that.
"Everyone goes through something that's tough that they might feel is too hard for them to handle on their own," he added.
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Ruffo admits that it’s down to luck that he’s still here today. He told The Project’s Carrie Bickmore about his story.
"The surgeon said if I hadn't gone to the hospital that night I would have died in my sleep that night. It is just sheer luck that I went in when I did and everything happened the way it did otherwise I wouldn't be here," he admitted.
Ruffo revealed that he experienced headaches regularly, but just thought it was due to his lifestyle.
"Anything that may have been a symptom, I just put down to normal life. Headaches – I played sports and copped a million and one knocks in the head," he said,
"You never thought it may have attributed to it or not. You wake up with a bit of a hangover and you think, 'it is a headache from having a drink,' but this particular time I hadn't gone out at all and I just had a really bad headache. It grew from that.”