BBC newsreader Rachael Bland reveals she has ‘days to live’

Radio 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she has just days to live, in a farewell tweet to her followers.

The Radio Five Live newsreader was told in May that the breast cancer she had been diagnosed with in November 2016 was incurable.

"In the words of the legendary Frank [Sinatra] - I'm afraid the time has come my friends". And suddenly. I'm told I've only got days. It's very surreal." She concluded: "Thank you so much for all the support I've received.

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Rachael underwent chemotherapy past year as well as lymph node surgery in February, but biopsies revealed her cancer was metastatic.

Earlier this year she convinced BBC bosses to let her turn this into a podcast, You, Me and the Big C, which she co-presents with Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, two other women whose cancers have gone into remission. She had also blogged in detail about treatment on "Big C. Little Me". She says she received the devastating news while with son Freddie, two, eating ice cream at a farm with his friends.

"She held my hand all those years ago and I want her to know that we're all spiritually holding hers today". She later took to Instagram, writing: "I love you and I'm proud to call you a friend". Then came the words, 'I am so sorry, it's bad news.

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Former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon was among those to send their support to Bland on social media. "The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin", she said.

"I scooped him up and dashed home and then had to break (her husband) Steve's heart with the news that my cancer was now metastatic and therefore incurable".

In a separate post on Instagram, Rachael said she would do her best to read all of the messages sent to her. Your many friends will be there for Steve and Freddie. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. She was part of the Richard Bacon and Tony Livesey late night shows, before moving to daytimes.

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