Julia Bradbury, 51, reveals worrying cancer update as she admits she's 'gone backwards' after 'brutal' mastectomy

CANCER-stricken Julia Bradbury, 51, has admitted she's "gone backwards" in a worrying update to fans.

The 51-year-old revealed she's struggling after her "brutal" mastectomy following her breast cancer diagnosis in September.

In a video posted online, Julia said: "Hi everybody. I'm back in my pyjamas today. I've sort of gone backwards this week.

"I've been feeling better and stronger every week since my op but this week I've got really flu-ey symptoms.

"I've done a covid test and that's come back negative. I'm really phlegm-ey and cough-ey and chesty.

"All I really want to do to stay in bed but I have forced myself just to come outside and just get just 20 minutes out here. 

"Because I know it's going to be good and fill my lungs with some good air. And sometimes you just gotta push through a bit.

"Then I'm gonna go back to back. I hope you having a good weekend and sending lots of love. Hope you're all getting your outdoor time."

The mother-of-three bravely opened up about her shock cancer battle admitting: "It changes your world forever in an instant.

"There is no preparing you for those words. You hear 'cancer' and your brain starts to explode."

Last year, Julia had found a lump in her breast which proved to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts, and she had to have another mammogram this year.

The scan, which included an ultra sound and a physical examination, hadn't returned anything alarming, so she almost didn't go to her follow up appointment this month.

However, her sister encouraged her to keep the appointment, and so she did, only for her doctor to find a small shadow on her breast.

She recently had her left breast removed along with a six centimetre tumour.

The Countryfile star co-presented the BBC One programme from 2004 to 2014.

Julia, who has children Zeph, 10, and twins Zena and Xanthe, six, said: "I have to hope I have caught mine early enough.

"A mastectomy is a shattering thing to go through but it means that I am going to live and be here for my children."

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