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Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury’s family ‘refuse to talk about her dying’ after devastating breast cancer diagnosis

ONE STEP AT A TIME

COUNTRYFILE star Julia Bradbury's family "refuse to talk about her dying" after devastating breast cancer diagnosis last month.

The presenter, 51, shared a candid photo from her hospital bed on Instagram last week revealing that she had her mastectomy.

Julia's sister Gina Bradbury Fox has spoken about her brave sister's rollercoaster cancer fight.

Gina told Sunday Mirror that she has refused to talk about dying with Julia and are taking things “one step at a time”. 

"Emotionally, I have been with Julia every step of the way. I feel her pain," she said.

“We’re joined at the hip really. It’s a complete rollercoaster. We fluctuate from hysteria, to being in floods of tears.”

Gina, 60, said that she was stunned that her healthy sister has been hit by cancer.

She added: "For someone like Julia, so healthy and such an advocate of the outdoors, to have got this, is devastating.

“I always thought, if something like this happens, wouldn’t it be me?”

Julia, who co-presented the BBC One programme from 2004 to 2014, found a lump in her breast last year, which proved to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts.

The mother-of-three revealed that she was going to have her left breast removed, along with the six centimetre tumour.

Las week, she updated fans with how she was feeling after the surgery.

She told her 133k followers: "I need a drain to channel surplus blood from the surgery & I have to wear a special post- breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next 6 weeks to protect my upper body post-op. (This one is by @theyahealthcare - made of bamboo fibres). *

"The marks on my chest are markers for my surgeon to follow during the op."

Julia went on to explain that she's "joined a sadly ever growing club" of patients who have had a mastectomy performed by the NHS.

She added that around 18,000 are performed each year and it's gone up 50 per cent in the last year.

Julia continued: "I feel relief that the operation is over. The anxiety leading up to it was overwhelming.

"I feel sad that such a brutal treatment is necessary in so many breast cancer cases, but I choose life.

"I will do anything I can to live to see my children grow up & if this was happening to any other member of my family, or them, I would swap places in a heartbeat.

"I will follow Walt Whitman's advice: "Keep your face always toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you."

"To all you warrior women (& men) out there, I send my love.

"I'll hold a little of my strength to get through the next few weeks & months. Namaste. The sacred in me recognizes the sacred in you. 🙏🏽❤️."

It comes after she stripped topless to "say goodbye to her boobs" ahead of her mastectomy.

Just last month Julia revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would undergo a mastectomy.

She bravely opened up about the battle ahead in an interview, 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."

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