Julia Bradbury fought back tears as she recalled the moment she told her three children she had cancer on her ITV documentary Breast Cancer And Me on Thursday night.
The presenter, 51, announced in September last year that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery a month later.
The hour-long programme documented the star’s battle showing her diagnosis, mastectomy and the support from her loved ones.
During one heartbreaking moment, Julia said the “hardest thing” she has ever gone through in her life was telling her children — son Zephyr, 10, and twins Zena and Xanthe, seven — that she had cancer.
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Julia said: “For me, the most painful thing of it all was thinking of my children. The thought about leaving your children behind, the most joyful thing about motherhood is watching them develop.”
She added: “We didn’t quite know how to tell the kids and what to tell the kids, we didn’t want to say: ‘Mummy’s going to die’, but I also didn’t want to lie to them.
“We decided that the best thing to do was to take them for a walk around the garden because that’s where they feel comfortable and happy. And just to be honest and say: ‘Mummy’s not very well and mention the cancer word.’
“I remember my little girl and, I’m going to try not to cry, said: ‘Can I still hug you?’ and I said: ‘Yes, of course you can still hug me. I want you to hug me tighter when this has happened.'”
Fighting back tears, Julia continued: “No, actually, I can’t not cry when I think about that… one of the hardest things I’ve gone through in my life is to tell my children that I’ve got cancer.”
Elsewhere during the documentary, viewers were left in tears over Julia’s mother Chrissi’s, who is in her 80s and previously battled bowel cancer, reaction to her daughter’s diagnosis.
She said: “When she told us she had been diagnosed, I was shellshocked.
“I can’t tell you how I felt because I didn’t even know myself. I still don’t know other than if someone had said: ‘Can you take it away from her and you can have it?’, I’d have said, ‘yes’.”
Taking to Twitter, one person said: ” Oh @JuliaBradbury your lovely Mum.”
A different account put: “@JuliaBradbury Oh your mum,” followed with heartbroken emojis.
Another fan wrote: “Thankyou @JuliaBradbury for your honesty and openness in the breast cancer documentary , you’re inspiring …. And your mum is amazing.”
A different viewer put: “Oh Julia, your programme has me in floods of tears within moments. You’re so brave to show everyone your journey. Wishing you all the love.”
Another fan wrote: “How incredibly brave you are & how strong to have filmed your journey. I’m watching it now and I’m tears. @JuliaBradbury.”
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While a different viewer added: “Wow what an emotional prog so far you are brave to show everyone what you went through. Love your mum , bless your sis she got so upset.”
The documentary comes after Julia recently shared an emotional video showing the moment she was told she needed surgery last year.
For support, please visit: www.itv.com/advice/articles/julia-bradbury-breast-cancer-and-me.
Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me is available to watch on the ITV Hub.
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