BBC presenter Rachael Bland has shocked the world when she revealed that she will be passing away in some few days after her battle with cancer, which was diagnosed with in 2016, BBC reports.
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.
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.”
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 #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. 💋💋 pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJzLoading...
— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018
Cardiff-born Rachael Bland, who lives in Cheshire, was told in May of this year that her cancer was incurable and said her hopes rested with a clinical trial.
But two months on, a scan revealed her cancer had spread further.
Former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon was among those to send their support to Bland on social media.
“Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.
“But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”
Presenter and four-time Olympic rowing champion Matthew Pinsent posted:
“Bravery, professionalism, humour in one tweet.”
Other colleagues also shared their support on Twitter:
Oh my goodness @Rachael_Hodges sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace ❤️❤️ In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love Xx
— juliette ferrington 🐝 (@juliette_grace) September 3, 2018