BBC’s Rachael Bland bows to cancer after heartbreaking farewell message to family and friends 

“Au revoir” where her last words after it dawned on her that she had only a few days to live. 

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.”


Rachel left 18 years of presents for her three-year-old son Freddie.  She also left behind instructions for her husband Steve.


The news of Rachael’s saying goodbye in her final post caused the spike in dowloads of her podcast making the it soar in the charts.  

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.”



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