Julia Bradbury gives an update on her health after cancer diagnosis
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Julia Bradbury had her left breast removed last week, less than a month after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The Countryfile presenter has been very open with fans regarding her health and is documenting her cancer journey online.
Six days ago she told fans that she was out of surgery and shared a selfie from her hospital bed.
In her health update, Julia said she was relieved the operation was over but felt sad that “such brutal treatment” was necessary to fight the disease.
During the surgery the 51-year-old had a contraption fitted which she is now required to carry with her.
“I need a drain to channel surplus blood from the surgery & I have to wear a special post- breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next 6 weeks to protect my upper body post-op,” she explained at the time.
Following the op, Julia’s sister has been by her side to support her.
Gina Bradbury Fox is the TV presenter’s older sister.
Julia, who received her diagnosis in September, described her sibling as her “absolute rock” following a “rollercoaster” few weeks.
She has been on hand to help the mum-of-three do simple tasks as she has been unable to move her left arm following the operation.
The 60-year-old has helped her wash her hair and put on her slippers while in recovery.
“I’m there really to be her left arm, as opposed to her right because she can’t lift her left arm at the moment,” Gina said.
“I can’t fix her body but I can say, ‘What do you need me to do?’
“I washed her hair with the nurses. I’ll put her slippers on because she can’t bend.
“It’s silly things like that because it strains her left arm,” she told The Mirror.
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Julia, who is mum to Zeph, 10, and twins Zena and Xanthe, six, said her sister had provided lots of laughs along the way as well as being there to share the tears.
Before her diagnosis, the pair, who have a shared love of nature, set up the Outdoor Guide Foundation and a free online resource to provide information for walks around the UK.
They are now encouraging people to lace up their boots and go on a walk to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month with their “Boots for Boobs” campaign.
Profits for a T-shirt they have created will support The Pink Ribbon Foundation, Breast Cancer Now and Prevent Breast Cancer.
In the meantime, Julia said she is most looking forward to being able to hug her children again when her body has healed enough.
The presenter has not seen them for a while as she had to isolate away from her family before her operation took place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“I can’t wait to hug them. I had to isolate before my mastectomy & it feels like an eternity.
“Home soon to feel them (gently) under my wing again,” she wrote online, two days ago.
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