BBC presenter Rachael Bland’s final podcast revealed after her death.
The final podcast that BBC presenter Rachael Bland recorded before her death last week has been released.
The presenter was well known for her work on the You, Me and The Big C podcast, in which she discussed cancer with Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.
Her final episode is titled ‘About the New Normal’, a term used by doctors and those in cancer communities to describe finding a sense of normality after diagnosis and treatment.
In one particular moment, Bland says: “The way I deal with it is by not thinking about it too deeply.
“I know I’m probably not going to be living for much longer but I don’t think about it too deeply because I wouldn’t be able to look at [son] Freddie without weeping all over him. I want to spend valuable time with him – whatever time I have left – I want it to be good time.”
The Radio 5 Live presenter passed away last Wednesday (September 5) at the age of 40 after a two-year battle with the disease.
“Our beautiful, courageous Rachael died peacefully this morning surrounded by her close family,” he family wrote on her Twitter account at the time.
“We are crushed but she would want me to thank everyone who took an interest in her story or sent messages of support. You’ll never know how much they meant to her. Steve and Freddie xxx.”
Bland’s husband Steve added in a statement: “She was an incredibly talented broadcaster as well as a wonderful and much loved daughter, sister, aunt, niece, wife and, most importantly to her, a mother to her precious little Freddie.
“We all take such huge comfort and pride from the amazing and tireless work she has done since her diagnosis to reduce the stigma around cancer and prove that it is possible to live life to the fullest even when facing huge challenges on a daily basis.
“At the end, even though her body was at its weakest, her voice was at its strongest and most powerful.”