First Dates Hotel episodes two and three were dominated by the inspiring and incredible Lauren.
The 32-year-old opened up about how she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2016.
Despite having to battle through eight rounds of chemotherapy and 21 doses of radiation to gain the all-clear, Lauren dealt with her cancer using subtle humour, heart-warming reflection and, above all, inspiring positivity.
Lauren was set on a date with 6ft 4 giant Patrick – who she coincidentally knew from London – as she looked to turn friendship into romance.
You'll never be on your own Lauren, we all ❤️ you! #FirstDatesHotel
— First Dates (@FirstDates) September 4, 2018
Lauren and BBC Presenter Rachael Bland
First Dates Hotel’s Lauren – or Lauren Mahon as she is known in the real world – worked closely with BBC presenter Rachel Bland.
Rachael, 40, died of cancer on Thursday, September 6th, having announced to the world that she only had days to live three days prior.
Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family. We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie xxx pic.twitter.com/soq7YHvF9u
— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 5, 2018
Lauren worked with Rachael as one of two co-hosts on a weekly podcast on Radio Five Live called ‘You, Me & The Big C’.
The podcast tackles both the highs and lows of living with cancer and has since moved to the top of the iTunes chart.
It will continue airing in memory of Rachael.
Lauren’s Cancer Diagnosis
Lauren recalled how she first had suspicions of breast cancer while she was at Glastonbury, where a friend checked out an ominous lump.
From there, it lead to the dreaded diagnosis, despite Lauren’s best efforts to tackle the situation with humour.
I’m heartbroken for Lauren. Like, I’m actually crying her her. WHAT A WOMAN #firstdateshotel
— rachelhopkins. (@rachelhopkins_) September 11, 2018
Not long after this diagnosis and Lauren was also told that she was going to go through early menopause.
To strengthen her chances of having children in the future, however, Lauren had ‘eggs‘ frozen as a fertility insurance.
All she needed now, was the other end of the deal from date Pat…
Lauren on First Dates Hotel
The podcast, which has been sloganed ‘laughing in the face of our cancer’, was personified by Lauren’s appearance on First Dates Hotel.
Londoner Lauren spoke passionately to the camera about various dating problems, citing the nightmarish ‘friend-zone’ as a root of many problems.
Unlucky in love, Lauren had also been cheated on in the past. She found her ex-boyfriend at home with another woman.
Lauren recalled the incident, where the woman in her house thought that Lauren was a housemate, and even “thanked” her for letting her stay the night.
First Dates Hotel: Lauren and Pat
In a bizarre twist, and a First Dates Hotel first, Lauren instantly recognized her date.
She and 34-year-old Patrick had met several times before, through mutual friends.
Nonetheless, Lauren smiled gleefully at her chance to finally score some alone time with her bearded buddy.
The problem when it came to the complicated date was gauging whether either/or both of them wanted to move things from a friendship to more of a romantic relationship.
Lauren was spurred on by Fred Sirieix, who told her not to let that ship sail altogether. If she didn’t make a move, would she always be wondering ‘what if?’
Pat and Lauren laughed and joked there way through the date, although when it came down to the final on-camera showdown, Pat confessed that he didn’t feel a romantic spark.
— Abby Newbery (@Abby_Newbery) September 11, 2018
It felt like another dagger to the chest for Lauren and proved difficult watching for some viewers.
She welled up on camera towards the end, retreating back to her First Dates Hotel room alone and stating that she was “embarrassed” to always end up the friend.
Hopefully, one glance at Twitter and Lauren will realise that there is a long list of people looking to take her out on a date!
We'll date you Lauren! You are a DREAM ❤️ #FirstDatesHotel
— First Dates (@FirstDates) September 11, 2018
I said it last week but I’m saying it again…I love Lauren #FirstDatesHotel
— joshua owen🏴 (@joshuaowen88) September 11, 2018
Amazed that Pat wasn’t into Lauren , how wrong can you be? #firstDatesHotel sure she’ll find what she’s looking for and probably when she’s not expecting to.
— Andy Jardine (@poshcricketer) September 11, 2018
Lauren Mahon is an absolute star and legend. Such an incredible person with such an amazing outlook on life, only love for you girl 💖 #FirstDatesHotel
— ✈️Stephanie is travelling🇬🇷 (@TheTenderNight) September 11, 2018
WATCH FIRST DATES HOTEL EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT ON CHANNEL 4, AT 9.15 PM.