TV presenter Jonnie Irwin said he hopes sharing his terminal cancer diagnosis will inspire others to “make the most of every day”.
The 48-year-old, presenter of Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun and BBC’s Escape To The Country, revealed that lung cancer had spread to his brain, telling Hello magazine: “I don’t know How much longer do I have to live? “
Irwin revealed the first warning sign of his illness came while he was filming A Place In The Sun in August 2020 in Italy, when his vision became blurred while driving.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I had six months to live,” he said.
“I had to go home and tell my wife, who was taking care of our children, that she was pretty much alone. That is cruel.
“All I can do is apologize to her. I feel very responsible.”
Irwin, who shares 3-year-old son Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with wife Jessica, said he has chosen to keep his illness private so far.
He said: “Now it has gotten to the point where it feels like I’m carrying a dirty secret, it’s become a monkey on my back.
“I hope that by shaking off that monkey, I can inspire people who are living with a limited outlook on life to make the most of each day, to help them see that you can live a better life. Stay positive, even when you’re dying.
“Someday this will catch up to me, but I’m doing everything I can to keep that date for as long as possible.
“I owe it to Jess and our boys for that. Some people in my position have team lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”
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I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I am living with cancer, not dying from itJonnie Irwin
Irwin continued to work as much as he could.
“I don’t know how much longer I have to live, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I am living with cancer, not dying from it,” he said.
“I put little markers, things I want around. I have a habit of saying ‘Don’t plan ahead because I might not be well enough.’
“But now I want to make a plan. I want to make memories and capture these moments with my family because of the fact that my sons will grow up without knowing their father and that breaks my heart.”
The TV presenter also encourages people to buy life insurance.
He added: “It’s helped a lot and when I’m off this planet I’ll do the same knowing Jess and the boys are in a house that’s paid off and has some money in the bank. goods for them to live. “
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