BBC Radio Presenter Rachael Bland Says She Only Has Days To Live In Heartbreaking Post
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she has just days to live after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016.
Rachael who has a two-year-old son, Freddie, underwent chemotherapy last year as well as lymph node surgery in February, and she was told in May this year that her cancer was incurable and her hopes rested with a clinical trial.
Just two months later a scan revealed that her cancer had spread even further.
In the words of the legendary Frank S - I'm afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I'm told I've only got days. It's very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I've received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. :kiss::kiss: pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJz
- Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Rachael revealed that her newsreader co-hosts Deborah James and Lauren Mahon would continue to present the trios podcast You, Me and the Big C.
Rachael tweeted: "In the words of the legendary Frank S - I'm afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly.
"I'm told I've only got days. It's very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I've received."
Co-workers and friends took to Twitter to show their support for the broadcaster.
BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 said: "Courage, grace, laughter - that's you. You are amazing."
Fellow 5 Live presenter Nicky Campbell told her: "You are an astonishing human being. Love to all."
Rachael is married to husband Steve and revealed that she learned her cancer was incurable while she was with her young son.
Since her diagnosis the 40-year-old presenter has been writing a memoir for Freddie and wrapping presents for him to open between the ages of four and 21.
Writing in a blog for Huffington Post, Rachael explained how she was making sure Freddie knew what his mummy sounded like, smelt like and wrote like.
Rachael wrote: "If I were to release all my feelings about leaving my precious, beautiful Freddie behind, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the rest of my time on this earth.
"My main plan has been to write my memoir, 'For Freddie', which is almost finished. It's a collection of all those stories your parents tell you over the years from their point of view, mixed in with all the advice they give you.
"I have a Whatsapp group with Steve's sister where I send her things I want for Freddie and his future. The things that might overwhelm and upset Steve now but she will make sure happens.
"Like not cutting his hair too short until he really insists, or my wish for him to go to the very best school and university possible, so long as that's what he wants. I'm also planning and wrapping birthday presents which he can open between the ages of four and twenty one."
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