Julia Bradbury has revealed that she is “grateful for every single day” amid her battle with breast cancer.
The 52-year-old presenter was diagnosed with the disease in September 2021 before she underwent a mastectomy to remove a 6cm tumor.
And in a new interview, she told how she sees life “differently” since her diagnosis and is determined to maintain a “positive mindset” every day.
She also told Julia how she tries to see her illness as a “TV project” and learn everything she can do about it as she focuses on life day in and day out.
Talking to the sunthe Countryfile host shared her belief that every day is worth celebrating as she feels grateful to be still in the midst of her health battle.
Grateful: Julia Bradbury revealed she was “grateful for one day” amid her battle with breast cancer
Difficult: The 52-year-old presenter was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2021 before she underwent a mastectomy to remove a 6cm tumor.
“I am grateful for each day and I definitely look at life differently,” she said. Obviously, when something like a cancer diagnosis comes to you, it becomes your whole world around that, and how you’re going to deal with it and the impact on your family, friends, and loved ones.
Don’t think too much about the future [but] About getting over things, day in and day out. I decided very early on that I was going to try to maintain a very positive mindset, that I was going to approach it a bit like a TV project, learning everything.
She went on to detail how she does mindful activities like writing in a journal and meditation in an effort to bring ‘peace’ into her life on a daily basis and avoid any negativity she may be experiencing.
“I’ve been working so hard trying to find calm and peace in my life every single day,” she said.
The TV personality also told how people in life will always be “surrounded by issues and stress” that cannot be avoided, but that it is “important” to learn how to “manage” these issues.
It comes after Julia revealed that she has “changed her life” since her breast cancer diagnosis as she documented her battle with the disease.
Julia, who is married to Gerard Cunningham, underwent a mastectomy to remove a 6cm tumor a month after her diagnosis was made public in 2021.
The outlook: In a new interview, she tells how she sees life “differently” since her diagnosis and is determined to maintain a “positive mindset” every day
Thinking: “When something like a cancer diagnosis comes to you, it becomes your whole world around that, and how you will deal with it and the impact on your family, friends, and loved ones.”
While reflecting on her battle with breast cancer, Julia shared photos of herself over the past year as she spoke about how it had changed her life.
She said she gave up alcohol, changed her diet and prioritized sleep as she talked about the lifestyle changes she implemented to reduce her risk of cancer returning.
The reel also included some emotional moments throughout her cancer battle, including her attending her breast exam and being in a hospital bed receiving treatment.
One of the videos also showed an emotional Julia crying after her breast cancer diagnosis and photos of her in the hospital recovering from her mastectomy.
Julia also shared snaps of herself with her children – Zephyr, 11, and twins Xanthi and Xena, seven, – as well as a poster for her documentary Breast Cancer and Me.
Emotional: The presenter took to Instagram in January to share a reel documenting her life since her breast cancer diagnosis, including the emotional moment they discovered
In the text on the reel, she reflects on her life since being diagnosed with breast cancer and talks about her work in raising awareness of the disease.
It read: “Breast examination. Weird thing, but nothing to worry about. Until a year later: Breast cancer diagnosis.”
I tell my friends, family and young children. Mastectomy of the left breast: removal of the breast tumor and 6 cm.
They decided to make a documentary to spread awareness. Start sharing as much information as possible about breast cancer diagnosis/prevention/new treatments.
I vow to get closer to nature every day of my life and meditate every single day. Ditch the booze, change the diet.
Changes: In an accompanying commentary, Julia also went on to talk about her lifestyle changes, saying she’s “realized decades of bad decisions and unhealthy choices.”
Health: Reflecting on her battle with breast cancer, Julia shared photos of herself from around the past year as she talks about how it has changed her life
Work with beautiful people on worthwhile projects. Stay connected to nature. Reconnect with my family and friends, reconnect with my old self. Keep learning.
Prioritize sleep, exercise and nutrition. Start writing a book, and keep smiling.
In an accompanying commentary, Julia also went on to talk about the changes in her lifestyle, saying that she has “realized decades of bad decisions and unhealthy choices.”
She wrote: “What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer?
You changed my life. I re-examined my lifestyle and the external pressures and factors that I could influence.
I realize decades of bad decisions and unhealthy choices.
This isn’t a blame game, I’m not saying any of these things made me cancer, but my diagnosis made me realize I couldn’t keep doing the slightest bit.
Lifestyle: She said she gave up alcohol, changed her diet, and now meditates every day and prioritizes sleep as she talks about the lifestyle changes she’s implemented
Raising Awareness: In the text on the reel, she reflects on her life since her breast cancer diagnosis
Reconnected: She said she reconnected with her friends and family, as well as reconnected with her ‘old self’
I jumped headlong into the search, meeting some amazing people, many of whom reset themselves after profound mental or physical trauma. The name of these people is Wounded Warriors.
If some of the information I’m sharing helps just one person, it’s worth it…
Breast cancer is the most widely diagnosed type of cancer in the world and 1 in 2 of us will experience a cancer diagnosis of some kind in our lifetime.
I don’t feel ashamed. I feel empowered by what I am learning. The little things are the big things.
If you don’t make time for your health, you will have to make time for your illness.
“Heal, Evolve, Do, Love, Thrive, Honor = Health. The things I have learned that have an impact on our overall health and susceptibility to chronic disease are:
“Nourishment, sleep, bonding, exercise, movement, time in nature, faith and spirituality, purpose, good habits, community and love.”
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