Debbie McGee praised the "amazing" doctors and nurses who helped late husband Paul Daniels through his final weeks, as she attended the Good Morning Britain Health Star Awards.
McGee, who was the popular magician's assistant and then wife of 28 years, said she had come to "rely" on the NHS before and after the death of Daniels in March from a brain tumour.
Speaking about her support of the awards, she said: "So recently I've had to rely on the NHS and I've had such a good experience that I think it's lovely to reward people that do a job they're committed to without getting the praise they actually deserve.
"He was in hospital for two weeks but either side of the hospital stay our GP surgery and district nurses were amazing. They've supported me and continued that after Paul has died and phoned and checked I was OK, which is just fantastic."
McGee said she was "letting myself take each day" as she struggled with her grief.
"It's not easy, all my friends say I've always been the most positive person they've met and I've always been a person who counts their blessings so although I do get sad and I'm not very good at being in the house on my own, I'm trying to keep busy and have family stay.
"I'm just letting myself take each day. If I get to a point where I feel I need grief counselling, I won't hesitate to pick up the phone but at the moment, I'm just coping."
Asked if a tribute is planned to the entertainer similar to the star-studded one for Cilla Black, McGee replied: "In time. We need to get through the next six months and then I think I'll be strong enough to think about things like that and get involved in things."
She hopes that the "legacy" of Daniels will be continued in nephew James Phelan, 23, who has auditioned as a magician for this year's Britain's Got Talent series.
She explained: "As his Uncle Paul got ill, James applied for Britain's Got Talent.
"He'd never been on the stage, he's very brave, and he didn't have any help from myself or Paul because Paul was too ill and I was nursing him. We'd just have phonecalls - he'd say, 'Don't worry, Aunty Deb, I've come up with this idea, it's going to be great.'
"Paul would be so proud. It would be fantastic if he won."