BBC presenter Rachael Bland says she has only ‘days’ to live

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Rachael Bland with her husband Steve

BBC Radio 5 Live news presenter Rachael Bland, who has incurable cancer, has revealed on social media that she has “only got days” to live.

The 40-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2016.

Last month she said she was in a “race against time” to publish a memoir for her two-year-old son, Freddie, and believed she had “less than a year”.

Newsreader Bland co-hosts the You, Me and the Big C podcast with Deborah James and Lauren Mahon.

Writing on Twitter on Monday, she said the pair would continue to present the podcast.

She tweeted: “In the words of the legendary Frank S – 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 much for all the support I’ve received.”

Bland was told in May of this year that her cancer was incurable and said her hopes rested with a clinical trial.

But two months on, a scan revealed her cancer had spread further.

Former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Richard Bacon was among those to send their support to Bland on social media.

He tweeted: “Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I’m thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn’t change anything.

“But I am and I’m so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You’re wonderful.”

Presenter and four-time Olympic rowing champion Matthew Pinsent posted: “Bravery, professionalism, humour in one tweet.”