Tarot card reader Margaret Solis
Margaret Solis, who is battling breast cancer, believes it was a message from beyond the
grave that saved her life.
said: "If it wasn't for my brother James, I don't think I would have
gone for a routine mammogram. I feel he has spiritually pushed me since
he passed on."
just months after both her brother and sister died that the
psychic-to-the-stars was told she had the disease. The mammogram had
detected a malignant tumour.
Initially, the news devastated the mother-of-three, but today, just four
weeks after a lumpectomy, she is philosophical about her illness.
hopes to inspire and encourage other women in similar situations through
her readings and public appearances.
Margaret, 60, said: "I want to tell everybody because I have had a
narrow escape. Maybe it's destiny. Maybe I am supposed to have had this
escape to wake other people up."
added: "When I was told, I was terrified, particularly for my three
children, but they are thankful it was caught in time.
first, I was shocked and angry. I thought, 'What have I done? All I try
to do is help people'. But it's not about karma, there are plenty of
good people who die.
clearing out my drawers and getting my will sorted. I thought this was
'goodbye world' because I know of so many people who have died of breast
and other cancers."
Margaret's cancer diagnosis in March this year is the third tragedy to
hit the Solis family in recent months.
explained: "I lost my brother James to diabetes and my sister Susan to
Huntington's Disease in January. Susan died 10 days after James. It was
an awful time. Then on February 10, I went for my first mammogram.
say deaths happen in threes, so I thought it would be me next."
admitted she had never attended a routine mammogram appointment before.
Like many women, she used work or simply being "too busy" as an excuse.
But this time, she felt differently.
puts it down to the help from her late brother.
said: "Strange things were happening to me all the time. Every time I
switched on the radio, Bon Jovi's Living On A Prayer was on, the song
played at my brother's funeral.
really are signs all around us. Thanks to my brother, I was converted.
The mammogram wasn't even sore. The pressure applied was the same as
having your blood pressure checked."
weeks later, Margaret attended a call-back appointment with her son
Paul, 38, by her side. A biopsy was carried out because of the
abnormality picked up by the mammogram and less than a week later, her
worst fears were confirmed.
cancerous lump, measuring less than a centimetre was discovered in her
Margaret, whose other two children Raquel, 36, and Sharon, 34, live in
London, said: "I then went to the New Victoria Hospital on the morning
of April 4 to have surgery under a general anaesthetic. I was out by
also had a look at my lymph nodes, but they were clear, so that was
good. I now just have a scar which looks like a scratch."
next hospital appointment on May 25, and a three-week course of
radiotherapy looming, Margaret is upbeat and channelling her energies
into her next public appearance.
be doing tarot card readings on stage at this year's Girls' Day Out show
at Glasgow's SECC which starts on Friday, as well as selling hand-made
Patience healing bracelets.
year, she was the most popular speaker at Girls' Day Out. Hundreds of
women heard her predictions. This year's show has given the
mum-of-three, who will be on Tamoxifen for the next two years, a
said: "You need something to look forward to. There is no point in
thinking, 'Oh my god'."
Margaret, who famously predicted the Piper Alpha and Lockerbie disasters
and the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales, says she does not
use her psychic abilities to her own advantage as that would be wrong.
clairvoyant has had intuitions about clients' health in the past. She
said: "When I do one-to-one readings, I urge people to go and get this
checked or that checked. Many write back to say they're glad I did.
would be wrong to predict my own future. When you are given this gift,
it's to aid other people."
is hoping her experience helps more women through their own trauma and
will be raising awareness about her recent diagnosis at Girls' Day Out.
former Sunday Mail clairvoyant says she has known she is different since
claims she has been "seeing dead people" since she was three years old
and inherited her talents from her mother and grandmother.
is so renowned, stars like Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have
asked to meet her.
The police have also called on her psychic abilities to help in unsolved
murder cases. Those investigating the disappearance of
four years ago also asked for her help.