Phillip Schofield emotional as Julia Bradbury returns to ITV show after cancer diagnosis

This Morning: Holly and Phil send best wishes to Julia Bradbury

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The Countryfile presenter revealed on Sunday she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 51-year-old who said “there is no preparing you for those words” will have her left breast along with a six-centimetre tumour removed next month. During Monday’s This Morning, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby sent their best wishes to Julia Bradbury as she made a return to the show amid her cancer diagnosis.

As they introduced the show, a visibly touched Phillip began: “Yesterday we heard the worrying news that a member of our This Morning family has been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Holly continued: “Julia’s life was turned upside down in July when doctors discovered a shadow on her breast tissue during a mammogram.”

A solemn Phillip added: “In a true testament to Julia’s professionalism and bravery, she was determined not to let us down since she was waiting for results from her biopsy while filming for our show.

“A new series which showcases her love of nature.”

After playing a clip from Julia’s new This Morning segment, Phillip explained: “Julia’s series continues on Wednesday, and it was while she was filming that she got her diagnosis.”

“As she prepares for her mastectomy next month,” Holly concluded. “Everyone at This Morning sends Julia their best wishes.”

On Sunday, Julia shared the devastating news of her diagnosis with her Instagram followers.

In view of her 103,000 followers, Julia shared a snap of her pictured with her children.

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She penned: “I’ve campaigned for cancer charities for most of my career & this year I became an ambassador for @OvarianCancerAction.

“I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last few weeks & need urgent surgery.”

The post continued: “I will share what I can with you but I’m sure you understand that I need to focus on my family & treatment, so I won’t be able to respond & engage on here as much as usual.”

Encouraging her followers to get checked, she concluded: “Please self-check regularly & if you have any unexplained pain, tenderness or lumps, please ask for checks & follow ups.

“And ask for a second opinion if you’re not happy.” (sic)

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Julia’s followers and co-stars were quick to reply with messages of love and support.

Her Countryfile co-star Helen Skelton replied: “Sending love, strength and counting down the days until we are rolling out of somewhere rum fuelled, celebrating you kicking this b***h of an illness to the curb.” (sic)

Anita Rani penned: “Sending you all my love and strength Julia!

Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford wrote: “You’re a strong person and you have a loving family around you to fight this. Sending you positive energy.”

 

 

While A Place in the Sun’s Laura Hamilton added: “Sending so much love.”

The presenter has three kids; Zephyr, 10 and twins Xanthe and Zena, both six.

Julia had initially found a lump in her breast, which turned out to be a cluster of benign micro-cysts, last year.

In July, she underwent an ultrasound and a physical examination, however, nothing alarming was raised.

Due to this, she admitted she almost didn’t go to her appointment this month but was encouraged to by her sister Gina. 

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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