For BBC’s Rachel Bland, 40, it has been a fierce but inspirational battle with cancer which led her to start a podcast – “You, Me And The Big C” which aims to put the “CAN in cancer” together with her friends, cancer patients too, Deborah James of The Sun, 36, and Lauren Mahon, 32.
She said her final goodbyes yesterday, posted on social media: “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.
Then she bade her farewell with a simple “au revoir.”
This morning, the podcast soared in downloads, something Rachel would have loved. “It’s what Rach has always wanted. It always annoyed her we didn’t quite get the top spot. This will mean the world.” Deborah James , who is living with stage 4 bowel cancer, said.
“When this podcast started we wanted to get people talking about cancer – and we have.
“Rach, it breaks my heart to know this is happening to you right now.
“But you need to know we are all here ‘virtually’ holding your hand in a dark moment, just like yo did for so many others when you had the idea to create You, Me And The Big C.
“Not only have you made a difference, but you smashed it out of the park girlfriend.”
Concerning the soaring charts, Lauren tweeted: “WE DID IT!!! Thank you so much for getting #YouMeBigC to the top for our bae @Rachael_Hodges. We promised you we would Rach x.”