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Updated September 22, 2008 02:30 PM
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British fans of GMTV Today were shocked in August when Fiona Phillips, a main anchor on the program for 12 years, announced her intention to retire in December. Now Fiona has opened up about the rationale behind that decision; she tells the Daily Mail that because her mom suffered from Alzheimer’s before her death and because her father was recently diagnosed, himself, she fears she "may only have ten years left" of life as she knows it.

If that does prove true and she goes on to develop the debilitating brain disease, Fiona, 47, says she wants to make the most of time she has with husband Martin Frizell and their sons Nathaniel, 9, and Mackenzie, 6. In her efforts to care for her loved ones and continue on with her career, Fiona says she felt "crushed between opposing forces."

The decision to give up her spot at GMTV came about after the family vacationed this summer. "We went for long walks with the boys, climbed trees, climbed rocks, and I thought, ‘I can’t face going back into the tunnel that’s my life again, getting up at four in the morning and meeting the boys from school already feeling bad-tempered because I’m so tired,’" Fiona recalls. "At one point my husband said to me, ‘It feels as though we’ve got you back again,’ and though it sounds silly, that’s how I felt, too. I just knew I couldn’t go on."

Source: Daily Mail