‘I’m afraid the time has come my friends...’

News­reader Rachael Bland sadly lost her bat­tle with breast can­cer last week. But she’s left a legacy for her son that will last for­ever

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Kristina Bean­land & Elaine Hay­ward

Ra­dio 5 Live R pre­sen­ter Rachael Bland re­vealed that she had just days left to live in a heart-rend­ing Twit­ter post last week. She wrote, “I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And sud­denly. It’s very sur­real. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve re­ceived.” Trag­i­cally, just 48 hours later, Rachael passed away.

Since be­ing di­ag­nosed with triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer two years ago, the 40 year old had doc­u­mented her jour­ney on her blog and in the chart-top­ping pod­cast You, Me & The Big C.

She re­vealed that it was in April this year, while out with her three-year-old son Fred­die, that she re­ceived the call con­firm­ing the worst – her can­cer had spread to the skin and was in­cur­able.

Rachael, who lived in Cheshire with her hus­band, Steve, 38, came up with a plan to en­sure that, even if she couldn’t be with Fred­die in the fu­ture, the mem­ory of her would be. She be­gan writ­ing a mem­oir called For Fred – full of sto­ries and advice for him as he grows up, and she also left her son spe­cial gifts. “Per­sonal ef­fects – like my notepads, so he can see what my writ­ing is 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 said.

Rachael also set up a What­sapp group with her sis­ter-in-law, list­ing the things she wants for Fred­die as he gets older. “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,” she said. “I’m also plan­ning and wrap­ping birth­day presents, which he can open be­tween the ages of four and 21.”

But most of all, Rachael wanted her lit­tle boy to know how loved he was. She said, “I hope the book and th­ese gifts and notes will leave an im­print of my love be­hind for the rest of his life. So he can be sure how very much I love him.”

spread Her can­cer had in­cur­able and was

With hus­band Steve and their son Fred­die

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