BBC news presenter And Cancer Blogger Rachael Bland has revealed she only has days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
The journalist, who has been at the BBC for more than 15 years, has been widely praised for the You Me and The Big C podcast following her breast cancer treatment.
But in a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, she wrote: “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 You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends.”
Writing in The Telegraph last month, she told how the cancer had spread around multiple lymph nodes in her upper body, into her skin and liver.
She said: “We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.
“I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year.”
Colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: “Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love,” signing off her tweet with two kisses.
BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts.
He said: “And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband).”
Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live’s Fighting Talk, simply wrote: “All the love in the world.”
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. ?? pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJz
— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018