She’s been sharing every stage of her brave cancer journey with her fans from day one, giving heartbreaking updates through each of her hospital appointments and treatments, but now brave TV star Rachael Bland has shocked her followers by revealing she has just days to live.
The star of the UK’s BBC Radio 5 Live show shared a devastating final message with her family and friends on social media after discovering the news, taking inspiration from the late Frank Sinatra to say a last goodbye. Posting the words alongside a photo of her with her devoted husband Steve, it was a moving post for her 24,000 followers.
“In the words of the legendary Frank S – I’m afraid the time has come my friends,” the 40-year-old mum wrote. “And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so very very much for all your support I’ve received along the way. @bowelbabe and @girlvscancer will continue with the podcast.”
She finished the message by writing: “Obviously I cant get round to all of your messages but I’ll do my very best to read them all. #cancer #fucancer #goodbye.”
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 very very much for all your support I’ve received along the way. @bowelbabe and @girlvscancer will continue with the podcast.Obviously I cant get round to all of your messages but I’ll do my very best to read them all. #cancer #fucancer #goodbye
Rachael was first diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, and has been documenting her journey ever since on her popular blog ‘Big C little me’, as well as starring as a co-host on the podcast ‘You, Me and the Big C’.
The much-loved star underwent chemotherapy last year as well as lymph node surgery in February, but biopsies revealed her cancer was incurable.
She previously revealed she was out with her three-year-old son Freddie when she first got the call to say her cancer was incurable, writing at the time: “My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well. Then came the words ‘I am so sorry, it’s bad news. The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin’.
A beautiful day with my boys in beautiful Salcombe.When the sun shines there is NO WHERE BETTER. We played on boats and in the sea.And I walked up steps and hills. When a week ago I needed to sit down x4 between the hospital car park and ward. Breathing that sea air as much as I can and taking the good day (despite the 5am wake up call – cheers Fred and daylight ????) #salcombe #cancer #stage4problems #devon #holiday #seaside #playingonboats #sunshine #breatheagain #mummylove #familytime #love #notdeadyet
“I watched my little Freddie innocently playing away in a tyre in the barn and my heart broke for him. I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break Steve’s heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable.”
Rachael previously revealed she had been put on a trial drug as part of clinical trials for immunotherapy, in a final attempt to beat her cancer. It essentially worked by aiding the immune system to beat the cancer itself.
The moment of truth. The results of this scan decide whether I stay on this clinical trial or move on to another. I really want to stay on immunotherapy for longer to give it more time to work. Now for top level #scanxiety for the next week. #CTScan #Stage4Problems #ClinicalTrial #Immunotherapy #ProgressScan #PleaseBeStable #EverythingCrossed
However, the Mirror reports that while the treatment works well in some types of cancer, it’s not currently responding to breast cancer.
Rachael said of the drug in May: “It is a Phase 1b trial so very early in the process and I feel an odd sense of pride that I am one of fewer than 150 people worldwide who will test it.
“If it doesn’t help me then I hope the data I provide will at some point in the future help others in the same position.”
More recently, she revealed in a heartbreaking blog post that she had had to sign a Do Not Resuscitate agreement after discovering the trial drug wasn’t helping her. At the time, she had needed two litres of fluid drained off her lungs in hospital.