BBC News presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she only has days left to stay, having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
The journalist, who has been on the BBC for more than 15 years, has been broadly praised for the You Me and The Big C podcast following her breast cancer treatment.
But in an announcement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “In the words of the mythical Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come to my pals. And unexpectedly. I’m advised I’ve best got days.
“It’s very surreal. Thank you a lot for all of the guides I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will keep with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my pals.”
Writing in The Telegraph closing month, she advised how cancer had unfolded around a couple of lymph nodes in her top body, into her pores and skin and liver.
She said: “We nonetheless had a few wishes of retaining lower back the tide for some time. However, no person survives metastatic breast most cancers long term.
“I’ve now not requested how lengthy I have left due to the fact I don’t need a range of in my head that I’m counting right down to. It’s most effective ever an exceptional guesstimate – but I’ve were given much less than a yr.”
Colleagues replied with messages of assist for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of affection, strength, and peace. In absolute awe of your braveness, dedication, and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with kisses.
BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own spouse Emma changed into given the all-clear after her breast cancer analysis, tweeted his thoughts.
He said: “And then truth bites and attitude won. This is lousy. No words, apart from like to you and Steve (husband).”
Comedian Justin Moorhouse, an ordinary panelist on BBC, suggests together with 5Live’s Fighting Talk, clearly wrote: “All the love inside the international.”
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In the phrases of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come to my pals. And unexpectedly. I’m informed I’ve best were given days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the help I’ve received. Debs and loss will preserve with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir, my buddies. 💋💋
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And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: “You have been such a thought each earlier than and now and with the whole lot you’ve got achieved… All the time extra.”
Mark Chapman, one of the BBC’s leading sports radio anchors, stated: “Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you’ve got executed has been extremely good and helped such a lot. Sending a lot like to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three).”
Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “I’m not scared of demise. I only fear for the ones I leave at the back of. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be 3 subsequent months, for Steve and our families.
“Even now, understanding the ‘no alternatives left’ verbal exchange is coming, I can’t fall apart and fall to portions.
“I need to suppress a whole lot of the darkest mind about Freddie developing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be capable of enjoying the treasured instances we have left collectively.”
Dozens of properly-wishers thanked Ms. Bland for both her podcast, which she hosts along with Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me.
Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son Freddie
Rachael Bland with husband Steve and son Freddie Credit: MATTHEW POWER
Financial journalist Steph McGovern turned into amongst the ones making a song her praises and wrote: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.
“The podcast has truly helped so many humans, and you probably did it with such fashion, humor, and bloody brilliance. Thank you for the whole thing you have done.”
You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James actually wrote: “No words right now – simply heartbreak.”