BBC news presenter 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. You, Me and The Big C is available to download at bbc.co.uk/5live.
Rachel Bland with son
But in a statement on Twitter 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.”
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.”
Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: “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.
“I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together.”
CREDIT: MATTHEW POVER