Doctors failed to spot Danniella’s illness, believing she was pregnant, after finding a clot the size of a tangerine in her womb.
The EastEnders actress – who now lives in Spain – later collapsed in agony while back the UK and best mate Kerry Katona rushed her to the hospital.
It was there she received the devastating news.
Danniella Westbrook, 44 – a former drug addict – was so upset by her diagnosis she turned to cocaine to cope.
“I’ve always said I am not scared of dying,” she told the Sunday Mirror.
“But when the doctor said, ‘You have cancer’, straight away my thoughts turned to Jade and that I don’t want to die. I know I need to fight.”
The mother-of-two will have a hysterectomy in three weeks and she’s waiting to see if the cancer has spread.
Danniella – whose mother fought the same illness when she was 15 – is afraid the disease will claim her life, like Big Brother star and good friend Jade Goody, who passed away from cervical cancer in 2009.
“I want to live and sort out my health. I know I have to fight, I know I have to get up and battle it”
She added: “After what happened with Jade I was frightened to talk to anyone about my cancer at first. She was my friend and what happened was so awful.
“There is part of me that thinks I would rather just be ill and not know about it – to just get on with life.
“But then I thought about the kids and I thought that is a selfish way to be. I’ve tried to commit suicide before but getting this diagnosis has made me realise I don’t want to die.
“I want to live and sort out my health. I know I have to fight, I know I have to get up and battle it.”
Danniella is now speaking out is to encourage more women to have smear tests, having not had one for years.
She continued: “The doctors say they believe it is containable so I’m hopeful.
“My mum had the same cancer when I was 15. I’m 44 now and she is still here.
“Her treatment was on the NHS and it worked. They are taking me in in three weeks for a full hysterectomy. Before they take it out they won’t know to what extent the cancer has grown.”