Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me 3 May 2022: Tuesday on ITV

Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me 3 May 2022: Tuesday on ITV 11

Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me, tells the emotional story of Julia’s battle with cancer.

The hour-long film follows Julia as she comes to terms with the news, from the very early days of her diagnosis, to her preparations for a potentially life-saving single mastectomy.

Central to this story is Julia’s support network: her immediate family including her three children, her parents, both of whom are cancer survivors, and her older sister Gina, all of whom are impacted by Julia’s diagnosis and intrinsic to her efforts to recover.

One in seven women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime in the UK. The film candidly follows Julia’s own personal story, seeing her and her family through the process of physical and psychological recovery.

Julia keeps her own personal video diary in the run-up to her surgery, and speaks openly and honestly about her thoughts, feelings and reflections on what she is going through.

Speaking to doctors and other experts, Julia reveals all aspects of this difficult journey, as she also meets other families who are facing similar struggles.

Julia said: “I wanted to make this documentary to help spread awareness about this pervasive disease that now affects one in seven women. There was so much I didn’t know about breast cancer before my diagnosis and I hope this helps highlight the complexities of our individual cases, as well as exploring some of the incredible support networks that are out there and the new science and knowledge that continues to evolve. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes way beyond the initial devastating news and the ripple effect on those close to you is crushing.”

Chrissi, Julia’s mum, said of her daughter’s diagnosis: “When she told us she had been diagnosed, I was shell shocked. I can’t tell you how I felt because I didn’t even know myself. I still don’t know. Other than if someone had said, ‘Can you take it away from her and you can have it’, I’d have said yes.”

Julia’s sister Gina said: “We’ve been joined at the hip, I mean she came to London when she was 17 and I was 27, because there’s a ten-year age gap between us, so I’ve always been the bigger sister. I’ve watched her get knocked back, knocked back, knocked back when she was little and she was able to get up. She’d dust herself down, get up and start all over again. And she’ll do the same now, I’m absolutely sure.”

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