Breaking News

Newsreader tweets to say 'goodbye' after being told she has just days to live

Loading...
Loading...

The Cardiff-born BBC newsreader has been in a "race against the clock" to finish a memoir for her young son

A Welsh BBC newsreader has taken to social media to say goodbye after being told she could have just days to live.

Radio 5 journalist Rachael Bland has been told by doctors her battle is almost over less than three years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Originally from Creigiau, in Cardiff , the newsreader was out with son Freddie when she received the devastating phone call to break the news.

After being diagnosed in November 2016 the 40-year-old was told in May the cancer was incurable and that her only hope was through a clinical trial.

But just two months later a scan showed the cancer had spread.

Posting on Twitter today, she said: "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."

Speaking previously to the Sunday Telegraph, Rachael said she was faced with a "race against the clock" to finish a book of memoirs for her son.

She said: "I hugged my beautiful son, Freddie, and told him I was so sorry. I felt so guilty to think I’d be leaving him without a mother."

"I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families. Even now, knowing the 'no options left' conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces."

On her blog, she described the moment she received the telephone call.

She wrote: “My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well. Then came the words ‘I am so sorry, it’s bad news. The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin’.

“I watched my little Freddie innocently playing away in a tyre in the barn and my heart broke for him.

“I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break Steve’s heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable.”

In response to Rachael's tweet, hundreds of people have shared their admiration for the newsreader.

BBC Journalist Polly Evans said: "You’ve done remarkable work, changing the nature of the discussion around death and dying in a way that has made a real difference. Thank you. Wishing you and your family strength."

Olympic medalist Katharine Merry added: "My thoughts and love Rachael.. you have been an inspiration too [sic] so many... you are an amazing woman."

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, Orna Merchant said: “A privilege to know you and see you make such a difference, leaving your legacy for Fred, witness the lives you’ve touched, connecting people worldwide, giving them hope,purpose and showing them how to live.

“You will live on, we hold you in our hearts.”

A JustGiving page set up to raise funds for Rachael’s family has already generated over £4,000.

Fellow BBC presenter Steph McGovern tweeted: “Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.

“The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance.

“Thank you for everything you have done.”
https://www.geezgo.com/sps/37776

Loading...

No comments

Loading...