Julia Bradbury has shown the heartbreaking moment she found out she would need a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
In September last year, the former Countryfile presenter shared the news of her diagnosis, explaining that she would be undergoing a mastectomy to remove a six-centimetre tumour.
In February, the 51-year-old announced that her healing was going ‘very well’ after the procedure, thanking the team at ITV’s This Morning for checking in on her regularly.
In a new post on Twitter and Instagram, Julia shared a video that she filmed straight after being informed that she would need to have the surgery, showing her breathing deeply as her eyes filled with tears.
‘This is the moment I found out I had to have a mastectomy. Utter shock, sadness & fear,’ she wrote in the caption.
Explaining that she’s made an ITV documentary about her breast cancer experience to spread awareness of cancer and emphasise the impact a diagnosis can have on the loved ones of patients, she said that her ‘story continues’ and she feels ‘so grateful for all the positives so far’.
‘But unless you’ve been here I think it’s very hard to understand the impact,’ she continued.
‘Yes, survival rates are improving, but the treatments are brutal: Having breasts amputated, chemotherapy, long term drugs that make you feel sick & fatigued… These can all save or prolong your life – but the emotional & physical toll is huge.’
Julia recalled feeling ‘utterly bewildered’ before her operation, before experiencing ‘relief’ after the surgery was over.
‘I think not fully understanding what this means is a key part of the fear,’ she stated.
‘Check yourself… I discovered a lump but had two mammograms that didn’t reveal my lump as cancerous due to my dense breasts. Be body aware & trust your instincts. Sending healing thoughts & gratitude for all the support I’ve had.’
Several people offered Julia support in the comments, with TV presenter Cherry Healey writing: ‘Oh my love. Thank you for sharing your experience- it’s going to help so many people.’
‘Aw Julia. Your bravery and honesty is going to help so many,’ one Instagram user wrote, while another said: ‘I just hope you can feel all the hugs sent your way. I admire you for sharing what must be a very difficult journey.’
Julia told her followers that she would let them know the date that her ITV documentary will be airing in due course.
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