Countryfile star Julia Bradbury has shared a candid update with fans on social media today, weeks after her breast cancer diagnosis. The 51-year-old TV presenter admitted she was feeling “overwhelmingly sad” as she isolates alone ahead of her mastectomy surgery.
The mum-of-three took to Instagram this morning to share the details of several cancer charities that offer help and support to those in need, while opening up about her own journey.
Julia looked tearful in the snap, which accompanied her post.
“I want to share this photo, because it doesn’t matter how much support you have, how much love, or even if you have a clear path of treatment for your breast cancer … sometimes you just feel overwhelming sad,”(sic) she wrote online, in view of her 120,000 followers.
“There are 100 million folks around the world with cancer,” the TV star went on to add.
Julia, who filmed her final live television appearance before her mastectomy last week, is self-isolating before going into hospital for treatment.
“I cry when I read a kind message sometimes, or if I think about the reality of my mastectomy, or this morning, when I couldn’t hug my children before school, because I’m self isolating.
“And that’s OK.
“We’re allowed to be sad, and there are some amazing support groups & charities there to help us.”
Many took to the comments section of her post to share their love and support.
Fellow Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton posted three red hearts, while A Place In The Sun host Laura Hamilton said: “Thinking of you.”
BBC Radio Two DJ Zoe Ball offered a “big gentle squeeze” and Jenny Powell sent her love.
“You are one amazing warrior Julia and it always shines through no matter what. Sending strength and the power of love to you and your lovely family,” her post read.
On September 19, Julia shared the news of her cancer diagnosis with fans.
“This isn’t something I expected to be sharing with you all. I’ve campaigned for cancer charities for most of my career & this year I became an ambassador for @OvarianCancerAction.
“I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last few weeks & need urgent surgery,” she wrote on the picture-sharing site.
In telling her story, the documentary-maker hopes to share pragmatic advice on the subject.