BBC presenter Rachael Bland is making sure she's there for her son even after she's gone
BBC news presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she only has days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
BBC presenter Rachael Bland was recently told by doctors that she only has days left to spend with her dear son. Bland, however, has bravely found a way to make sure she's there for her son, three-year-old Freddie, even after her time under the sun is over.
While the 40-year-old Radio 5 Live presenter has been fighting for her life against triple negative breast cancer for over two years, she was told this week that she "only has days" left to live.
But undeterred by circumstances, Bland is preparing her son for a childhood without her in a rather heart-rending manner.
BBC presenter Rachael Bland on Monday announced she had just days to live.— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 3, 2018
In this piece from August she writes about making memories for her two-year-old son before cancer killed her - 'I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind'
In her blog for HuffPost, Rachael revealed she is wrapping birthday presents for her son to open between the ages of four and 21. She also wrote detailed instructions for how Freddie should be raised on everything from his hair to his schooling, Mirror reported.
However, she is sending them across to her husband Steve's sister so that she doesn't "overwhelm" with her love for little Freddie.
"I have a Whatsapp group with Steve’s sister where I send her things I want for Freddie and his future. The things that might overwhelm and upset Steve now but she will make sure happens," she wrote. "Like not cutting his hair too short until he really insists, or my wish for him to go to the very best school and university possible, so long as that’s what he wants.
"I’m also planning and wrapping birthday presents which he can open between the ages of four and twenty-one. Personal effects like my notepads – so he can see what my writing was like. Or the perfume he helped pick out for me earlier this year so he’ll remember my smell. And his all-important box of newborn keepsakes," she added.
Having said that, Rachael is desperate to finish a memoir she is writing dedicated to her son titled 'For Freddie'.
"It’s a collection of all those stories your parents tell you over the years from their point of view, mixed in with all the advice they give you," she said. I’d only known Steve for such a short period of time before we married – I feel there’s so much he needs to know from my point of view and in my voice. And I think I best get my personality down on paper."
The widely popular presenter tweeted a farewell note yesterday dedicated to her friends, fans, and listeners of her Big C Little Me podcast, who have reportedly helped her throughout her fight against the illness.
"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. Thank you so much for all the support I've received. Debs and lozz will continue with the youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends," 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 #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. 💋💋 pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJz— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018