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Rachael Bland

The late Rachael Bland was a BBC news presenter for more than 15 years and presented programmes on BBC 5 Live.

In November 2016, Rachael, 39, was diagnosed with primary triple-negative breast cancer that had spread to four lymph nodes under her right arm. In December 2016, she started four and a half months of chemotherapy, which was followed by a lumpectomy and axiliary node clearance in May 2017, a mastectomy in July 2017 and re-excition in August 2017. She then started 15 sessions of radiotherapy in August 2017 followed by a further 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

Her blog, BigC. Little Me was about her journey with breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy won the ‘Something Different’ category in the 2017 Northern Blog Awards.

Rachael’s blog covered issues such as fear at diagnosis, her experience with radiotherapy including her Top 10 Tips for patients undergoing radiotherapy.

Click here to read more about Rachael Bland and her Big C. Little Me. blog.

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