Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury has bravely spoken out about how she felt just before having her left breast removed as part of her breast cancer treatment, saying she feels lost and “deeply saddened”.
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Julia Bradbury has revealed it took her eight weeks to see the results of her mastectomy and when she finally looked in the mirror she felt her reconstructed breasts “looked like plasticine”.
The Countryfile presenter, 51, revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2021 and had her left breast removed a month later.
Julia, who is documenting her battle on an upcoming ITV programme, also revealed that six months later she has still not been given the all-clear and is at above-average risk of her cancer coming back.
In conversation with You Magazine, the former Watchdog host described how in the moments leading up to her surgery, she “felt like a piece of meat on a block” as she gazed at the lines and dashes of the marker pen on her chest, outlining where doctors would make their incisions would.
“They were like something you see at the butcher at this point – and I think that’s a moment that every woman who has had a mastectomy will share – I had never felt so lost, so out of control and so deeply saddened.” felt.” Julia said.
Eight weeks passed before Julia could see the result in the mirror, and she was afraid to see herself so “terribly damaged”.
“I looked at it in my dressing room mirror in the bedroom and – I don’t want to upset my surgeon because he did an excellent job – it looked like a plasticine breast. That was eight weeks after the mastectomy,” Julia recalls.
The mother-of-three has yet to get the “all clear” and has “micro-invasions,” which are tiny bits of cancerous cells in her breast tissue.
Speaking about her being in the medium risk category for the cancer to come back, Julia added: “The doctors didn’t find a large spread of an aggressive cancer, I lost my breast but was able to get an implant and keep my own nipple . I feel happy and grateful every day.”
Earlier this week, Julia shared a video of herself breaking down in tears after being told she would need a mastectomy.
Julia wrote on Twitter on April 14: “This is the moment I found out I need a mastectomy. Total shock, sadness and fear.”
In the short 12-second clip, Julia covered her face with her hands, shaking.
She then said, “I have…” before trailing off, letting out a deep sigh and looking down with tears in her eyes.
Shortly before the surgery, the TV veteran shared a powerful topless image of herself.
Alongside it, she wrote: “I’m taking my last walk in this body. I’m taking my last walk with these boobs.
“One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received over the weeks of my breast cancer diagnosis (thank you)…is to say goodbye to my breast and thank my body for all the nourishment, joy and life it has given me.”
Last month, the TV presenter took to Instagram to promote Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and shared an update on her cancer battle.
She wrote: “To anyone who is on a cancer journey right now… I know it’s difficult. I know the ups and downs of every appointment and every day can be tough, but we humans are resilient and there is some amazing support out there for all of us.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/julia-bradbury-felt-horribly-damaged-26732925 Julia Bradbury felt 'terribly damaged' when breast was 'like plasticine' after mastectomy