EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders‘ Lola Pearce will make the heartbreaking decision to tell her daughter Lexi the truth about her diagnosis next week.
Lola’s final storyline has recently begun on screen, as she was diagnosed with a brain tumour and was later told that her illness is terminal.
Lola has made the decision not to tell Lexi about her devastating diagnosis, instead telling the youngster that the surgery was a success.
As Lola prepares for her first radiotherapy appointment next week, talk turns to whether they she be honest with Lexi about what’s really going on.
Determined to protect her, Lola continues to hide the truth from Lexi, while Billy struggles to stay strong for his granddaughter.
When Freddie catches him breaking down, Billy is forced to reveal that Lola’s not well.
After some words of wisdom and encouragement from Freddie, Billy has a wakeup call and takes Lola to her appointment.
Lola struggles with the side effects of her treatment, leaving Ben concerned about keeping Lexi in the dark.
Jay, Billy and Ben all encourage Lola to tell Lexi that she still has cancer but she snaps and storms off.
Ben refuses to let it lie and pressures Lola into telling Lexi what’s going on, warning that she will eventually pick up on it anyway.
He’s right, as Lexi has overheard a conversation about Lola and is growing suspicious. When a letter arrives for Lola, she takes it off to read.
Lola later gets an alarming call – Lexi never showed up to school. Lola, Jay and Ben are relieved to eventually find Lexi in the park, where she shows them the letter, which outlines Lola’s treatment.
With Lexi now partially aware of the truth anyway, Lola makes the difficult decision to tell her what’s really going on.
Lola tries to cheer a struggling Lexi up afterwards, and takes her out for the day.
At The Vic, Lola worries Lexi is angry at her and is hurt when Janine makes some harsh words about her parenting.
As Janine’s jibes continue, Lola tries to defend herself – but how much more can she handle?
EastEnders airs on Mondays-Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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