BBC Radio’s Rachael Bland dies of cancer at age 40

Rachel Bland said she had received negative messages from online trolls after describing her cancer battle

Though her fans have praised Bland for her strength and bravery and cited her as an inspiration, her essay for HuffPost U.K. revealed that not everyone was so kind.

Two days after tweeting that her "time had come," BBC presenter Rachael Bland has died from breast cancer.

'Along with many telling me to go to foreign climes to try miracle cancer treatment - FYI these all get deleted immediately'. "It's been a real support to know that people have found them so helpful through their treatment, but in a selfish way they've helped me just as much".

Victoria Derbyshire - who has also battled breast cancer - revealed she was sending all her love and strength to Rachael's husband and son.

Tributes have been paid to BBC Radio 5 live broadcaster Rachael Bland, who died in the early hours of this morning.

Her husband Steve told the BBC: "Rachael's death has left a huge hole in our flawless little family that we'll never be able to fill. We will miss her more than words can say".

However, Rachael required more surgery after discovering the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes.

'Fertility and getting pregnant had taken up so much of my headspace over the previous few years I just didn't want to have to deal with the grief of being told I couldn't have any more children as well as dealing with the shock of having cancer at the same time'. "The things that might overwhelm and upset Steve now but she will make sure happens", she wrote.

Following the announcement of her passing, Rachael's husband and fellow BBC journalist Steve Bland said in a statement issued by the BBC: "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".

She told her story in an honest and humorous podcast, documenting her life from finding a lump to being told she only had days left. Love to all." BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire wrote: "Courage, grace, laughter - that's you.

Livesey said: "She would be on air and there would be breaking news and she was as consummate a BBC professional as you could find". As well as appearing on 5 live, she worked as a news presenter on the BBC News Channel, BBC World and BBC North West Tonight.

The newsreader confessed that she is "not scared of dying" but has fears about leaving Freddie and her husband behind. She laughed in the face of cancer and was never defeated.

She wrote in her blog how she was with her son and his friends at a farm in May when she was given the devastating news about her prognosis. "We will miss her dearly".



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