BBC newsreader Rachael Bland diagnosed with cancer, has days to live

BBC newsreader Rachael Bland has revealed she has just "days to live" in a heartbreaking Instagram post.

Rachael, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016, was out with son Freddie when she received the devastating phone call to break the news that her cancer could not be treated, and rushed home to break the terrible news to husband Steve.

She said: "In the words of the legendary Frank S (Sinatra) - I'm afraid the time has come my friends". And suddenly. I'm told I've only got days. "It's very surreal. Thank you so very very much for all of your support I've received along the way". "Au revoir my friends".

Last year, Bland had months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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Recalling the moment she received the phone call with the news while with her young son Freddie, Rachael wrote in her blog: "My heart raced as I answered it, knowing a phone call did not bode well". "I would really like to see it published before I die".

Last month she told The Telegraph, "For many women, breast cancer is now a very treatable disease: nearly 90 per cent survive five years or more".

In mid-July, the 40-year-old said the first trial she had been on had not been successful, but she was hopeful of being put on to another one. She shared: "I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around". But I am and I'm so very sorry. She later took to Instagram, writing: "I love you and I'm proud to call you a friend". "The biopsies have come back showing the same cancer is back and is in the skin". 5Live's Phil Williams added: "Rachael - sending love". Steph McGovern said: "Ah man". Right now all I ask is that you go and do something that makes you feel alive. The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and [explicit] brilliance. I'll message Steve separately. Thank you for everything you have done'. I hope he will come back to it through his life and it will resonate in different ways.

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