Julia Bradbury, 50, has revealed she is looking forward to hugging her children once more as she recovers from having had a mastectomy this week. The Countryfile host has openly detailed her battle with breast cancer on social media, but is now looking to the future, as she anticipates heading home to continue her recovery from the operation.
On Twitter, Julia shared a throwback photo of her cuddling one of her twin daughters.
She typed: “Lying in the sunshine with one of my little flowers earlier this year before my #breastcancer diagnosis.
“Life changes in a minute once you hear those words, ‘You’ve got cancer’.
“I can’t wait to hug them, it feels like an eternity. Home soon to feel them (gently) under my wing again.”
Julia is being supported during this time by her children Zeph, 10, and twins Zena and Xanthe, six, as well as her husband Gerard Cunningham.
In response, her followers sent her their best wishes as they praised her strength during this time.
While @lexiwolfg said: “ @JuliaBradbury You are through the biggest part in ridding yourself of the big C. I Am just in my last chemo session right now and feeling strong. Best of luck for whatever treatments lie in store Julia, human resilience is amazing: live, love, fight!”
@ducatiepie typed: “Best of luck with your recovery Julia. It’s great you keep on highlighting this disease as there’s still people out there that think cancer won’t get them. I have regular checks some mates are too embarrassed?” (sic)
From her hospital bed, the Countryfile star shared a photo of her hooked up to medical drains on Monday and said that she felt “relief” the operation was over, because the anxiety leading up to the surgery had been “overwhelming”.
She wrote: “I’m out of surgery. These will be my new companions for the coming weeks and months.
“I need a drain to channel surplus blood from the surgery and I have to wear a special post-breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next 6 weeks to protect my upper body post-op. (This one is by @theyahealthcare – made of bamboo fibres). The marks on my chest are markers for my surgeon to follow during the op.”
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She added: “I feel relief that the operation is over. The anxiety leading up to it was overwhelming.
“I feel sad that such a brutal treatment is necessary in so many breast cancer cases, but I choose life. I will do anything I can to live to see my children grow up and if this was happening to any other member of my family, or them, I would swap places in a heartbeat.”
“I will follow Walt Whitman’s advice, ‘Keep your face always toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.’ To all you warrior women (and men) out there, I send my love.
“I’ll hold a little of my strength to get through the next few weeks and months. Namaste. The sacred in me recognises the sacred in you.”
Her diagnosis followed a mammogram she booked in July on an annual recall.
The previous year she found a lump which was a cluster of benign micro-cysts.
She concluded: “I’ve now joined a sadly ever-growing club. Around 18,000 mastectomies are performed on the NHS in England every year.
“That’s up 50 per cent in the past 10 years. (Roughly 100,000 women have a mastectomy in the U.S. every year.) Since the ’90s breast carcinoma in situ (the type of cancer I was diagnosed with) has tripled in women and doubled in men. One person every 10 minutes gets diagnosed with breast cancer.”