Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury, 51, shares devastating breast cancer diagnosis
Countryfile's Julia Bradbury has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and faces a mastectomy next month.
The 51-year-old said, "it changes your world forever in an instant" and that no one can "prepare" you for those words.
The TV star walked the red carpet at the National Television Awards last week, where she stunned in a silver off-the-shoulder jumpsuit cut across the chest.
Julia said the outfit was a "kind of goodbye to the body I've been living all these years".
She said: "We all live in hope of a peaceful end in our beds, having had children and grandchildren, or having fulfilled whatever mission in life we choose. But the word cancer is so ugly it makes you think of the most unimaginably horrible death. That's the reality of it."
Julia added: "I have to hope I have caught mine early enough. A mastectomy is a shattering thing to go through but it means that I am going to live and be here for my children."
She is set to undergo a mastectomy with her left breast and its six-centimetre tumour removed in early October.
Surgeons will also remove tissue from the lymph nodes to establish whether or not the disease has spread, writes MailOnline.
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The star hopes by speaking candidly about what is happening she may save a stranger's life.
She hopes that her courage will help other women who may be scared about getting tested and tell them 'you can do it too'.
In the summer she had a mammogram as she was on an annual recall having found a breast lump that proved to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts last year.
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Before the appointment, she went on holiday with partner Gerard and their three children, son Zeph, 10, and twin daughters Zena and Zanthe, six, in August.
But during a follow-up with a consultant, the doctor saw a dark shadow on the ultrasound he 'wasn't happy with' and was immediately sent for biopsies.
Julia had an agonising wait over the weekend for the results and received the devastating news via a phone call from her doctor.
She focuses on the 'positives' which she believes is that doctors think the cancer cells are confined to her milk ducts and not yet spread to the breast tissue, and may not need chemotherapy.
For more information, you can visit cancer.org or National Breast Cancer here.
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