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.

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.

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. 

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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.

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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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…

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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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.

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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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.

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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.

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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!

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Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

Screen Shot: Lauren First Hotel, E4

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