Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury says she has been ‘deeply comforted’ by the overwhelming help she acquired after revealing her breast cancer analysis in The Mail on Sunday final week.
After receiving 1000’s of messages from well-wishers, she is now asking followers to ‘put your boots on for boobs’ and be part of a sequence of walks being organised to increase cash to fight the illness.
The 51-year-old has hosted a string of primetime TV reveals about strolling in Britain however she won’t be able to participate in any of the occasions occurring in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beginning on Friday, as she is getting ready for an emergency mastectomy. Instead, she has pledged to get again on the path as quickly as she is allowed.
Pictured right here sporting a pink ribbon, the common image of breast cancer consciousness, the mom of three says: ‘I hope my honesty about what’s occurred to me will help.
TAKING COMFORT: Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury says she has been ‘deeply comforted’ by the overwhelming help she acquired after revealing her breast cancer analysis. Pictured within the pink ribbon of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
I do know already from the 1000’s of messages I’ve acquired, and from my mates and colleagues within the medical career, that many ladies have this week already checked their breasts, known as their GPs and made appointments to discover something worrying.
‘The reality of having cancer and needing a mastectomy is difficult to process and emotionally traumatic but it’s a reduction that it’s not a secret. It’s unusual to have such a private expertise within the public enviornment however my analysis has helped unfold consciousness and I hope we are able to carry on doing that. I’ve been touched and deeply comforted by individuals’s kindness and concern. I really feel they’re with me each step of the way in which.’
Julia provides: ‘I’m a giant walker and an advocate for the therapeutic and restorative energy of nature, so what higher marketing campaign for me than “boots for boobs”?
‘Walking is a brilliant way to engage with nature and green spaces, and also improve your mental and physical health. I’ll be strolling day-after-day proper up till my operation, and I hope I’ll be again on my ft speedily after my surgical procedure, to help with my restoration.
‘Walking has seen me through all the tricky times in my life so far, and I’ve by no means wanted it greater than I do now.’
She additionally needs to study as a lot as she will about breast cancer prevention. ‘It’s a quickly growing space of drugs and I would like to do what I can to forestall a recurrence in myself, and in addition study extra about why one in eight girls will get breast cancer.
‘The focus is very much on early detection but the science shows that things like diet, exercise and stress reduction can play an important role.
‘If I can access this information and share it with as many women as possible, that would be a positive outcome from this sad experience.’
Julia has solely identified for a month that she has a two-and-a-half inch tumour in her left breast. It was picked up throughout an ultrasound scan after a mammogram and a bodily examination apparently gave her the all-clear this summer season.
Last yr she found a lump in her breast, however was recognized with benign micro cysts linked to the menopause. A check-up 12 months later made the devastating discovery of cancer in her milk ducts.
She informed the MoS final week: ‘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.
‘I have to hope that 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.’
The walks she is backing vary from the ‘100-miles in a month’ to one-off treks.
Full particulars could be discovered on The Outdoor Guide, the web site Julia co-founded with her sister Gina. Visit theoutdoorguide.co.uk/blogs/how-to-plan-a-fun-and-safe-walk/ for her suggestions.
Julia’s favorite routes, from Loch Lomond to Lizard Point
IN HER STRIDE: Now, the 51-year-old is asking followers to ‘put your boots on for boobs’ and be part of a sequence of walks being organised to increase cash to fight the illness
In addition to the formally organised occasions, right here Julia has compiled a listing of her personal favorite routes for these attempting to full the 100-miles-in-a-month problem or who need to stroll independently.
This stunning stroll alongside the shore of the biggest loch in Scotland by floor space has all of the views of a mountain stroll with out as a lot climbing. It’s an awesome day journey, with a ship journey out to the island of Inchcailloch. Any why not deal with your self to an ice cream on your return?
The wild shoreline of probably the most southerly level in Britain is the right place for a brisk, breezy stroll. Battered by the Atlantic Ocean and sometimes fierce winds, this rocky outcrop appears like one thing from an alien planet – but it surely’s nonetheless a tremendous journey.
A wander or wheel alongside the south shore of the biggest man-made lake in Europe is the recipe for an awesome day trip. There are loads of picnic spots, flat floor appropriate for buggies and bicycles in addition to handbook and powered wheelchairs, and wonderful views. This is one the entire household can take pleasure in.
An extended however rewarding stroll which reveals off a number of the finest components of the South Downs’s unspoilt shoreline, together with the gorgeous Seven Sisters cliffs and the hanging Belle Tout lighthouse. There are loads of locations to pause alongside the way in which to take within the views – on a transparent day you may see up to six counties and the Isle of Wight.
Pictured: The wonderful Loch Lomond. This stunning stroll alongside the shore of the biggest loch in Scotland by floor space has all of the views of a mountain stroll with out as a lot climbing
Starting simply exterior Sheffield, this wander alongside the Porter Brook is a superb method to take advantage of Sheffield itself and the gorgeous Peak District. This is especially essential for Julia, who, having grown up within the metropolis, first discovered her love of strolling on routes similar to this.
They say that one of the best issues come within the smallest packages, which is true for the small however gorgeous Castle Crag within the Lake District. Perfect for households wanting to get their youngsters into hill-walking, or for fell-climbing newbies, with out compromising on views.
The mysterious panorama of Dartmoor has been inspiring writers and artists for centuries, which Julia realized whereas filming her most up-to-date sequence, Cornwall And Devon Walks. This route highlights a number of the most well-known, and most underrated, components of the bizarre National Park, beginning and ending at an easy-to-access automobile park close to Haytor.