Julia Bradbury has shared the emotional moment she saw her children for the first time after having breast cancer surgery in 2021.
The TV presenter announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer last September, explaining that she would be undergoing a mastectomy to remove a six-centimetre tumour.
She has kept fans updated all the way through her illness, and tonight will give a closer look at her ordeal in recent months in a candid new documentary.
In a preview from the episode, viewers saw a clip play out of Julia getting to see her young children again after being in the hospital.
‘We didn’t video call while I was in the hospital because I didn’t want to scare them,’ she explained.
Julia and Holly were both left choked up after the moment played out on-screen, with the host admitting: ‘That’s got me!’.
The TV star has three children with husband Gerard Cunningham – Zephyr, Xanthe, and Zena. Her two girls could be seen in the clip, but their faces were not visible.
The nature presenter said ‘goodbye’ to her left breast before the operation, where she had to have a mastectomy.
But she was able to have the breast reconstructed, using a silicone implant.
‘Some women have reconstructions, someone like me can have immediate reconstruction. [My surgeon] took a bit of a risk, I had to have a silicone implant, and I didn’t have enough fat.
‘The surgeon was able to save my own skin and nipple, which I’m very grateful for…. I said goodbye to my breast… my friend said the best advice she got from a doctor was to say goodbye to your breast.
It was really helpful and cathartic. It’s [A mastectomy] a really traumatic thing and a brutal procedure… there is no nice way to treat cancer, it’s pretty horrible.’
While Julia is doing ‘very good’ physically six months on from the procedure, she admitted: ‘Emotionally, it’s a very rocky road.
‘I’ve done another test and I’ve discovered some serious hormone imbalances I have… I’ve been really deep-diving into what I can do to keep my health in check.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.