Julia Bradbury Opens Up On Worst times in Her Struggle With Breast Cancer

Julia Bradbury Opens Up On Worst times in Her Struggle With Breast Cancer


One of the worst times in her struggle with breast cancer, according to Julia Bradbury, was bringing her three kids through the diagnosis and mastectomy.

In September 2021, the actress, who is married to real estate developer Gerard Cunningham, revealed she had cancer.

Soon after, she had surgery to remove a 6 cm tumour, two lymph nodes, and her left breast.

A month later, she had reconstruction surgery.

Two years later, the 53-year-old acknowledged that her desire to “stay alive” so she could watch her three children—her twin daughters Xanthe and Zena, 8, and son Zephyr, 12—grow up helped her get through her cancer struggle.


When I had that first biopsy, I remember thinking, “I want to watch my kids grow up,” she said, according to The Times.

I hope to see out my GCSEs, A-levels, 21st birthdays, and university years.

I want to watch them grow up. I only want to survive.

The Countryfile host also admitted that she “didn’t want them to see me like that” when she made a video call to her kids from the hospital after having a mastectomy.

It worried me that it may frighten them.


What’s challenging with young children is communicating cancer to them without terrifying them, she pondered.

I was quite conscious of the need to be sincere.

Bradbury continued by describing how, in order to reassure her children after her operation and on the day she went home from the hospital, she had her sister do her hair and makeup.

She added that one of her daughters recently inquired about whether or not her cancer may return in light of her health issues over the previous two years.

As she remembered the conversation, the TV personality became agitated and said, “That was really hard.


Although cancer has influenced who I am, it does not define me.

My life, as well as the way I think and act, have been drastically altered.

The BBC anchor admitted earlier this year that since receiving her diagnosis, she has reevaluated what’s essential in her life and now perceives things “differently.”

She told The Sun: “I do look at life differently, for sure, and I’m glad for every single day.

Naturally, when something like a cancer diagnosis occurs, your entire world revolves around it, how you’re going to handle it, and how it will affect your family, friends, and other people you care about.


You focus on getting through things day by day rather than planning too far ahead.

I made the decision very early on to try and keep a very optimistic outlook and to approach it somewhat like a TV project, which was to study everything.

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