Jonnie Irwin fears this may be his last Christmas as he battles with cancer
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Jonnie Irwin predicts this could be his last Christmas amid his ongoing battle with cancer.
The A Place in the Sun presenter was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020.
Although he initially decided to keep his diagnosis a secret, Irwin later revealed the heartbreaking news and said that he wants to spend his remaining months with his wife and children.
Speaking to The Sun, the 49-year-old admitted: "I'd be lying if I didn't say that Christmas will be tricky. I'm not saying this will be my last one because I don't know for certain.
"I want to be here as long as I can but it could be. And I want to enjoy it and just spend time with Jess and the kids."
"I couldn’t believe it was happening," he added.
"Initially this thing just happens to you but as soon as your mind gets over the shock, it’s ‘what about my wife and kids’ and that stays with you. It doesn’t go away.
"That’s when you think right, what can I do? You want to take control so I changed my diet and lifestyle and put things in place, like selling my property portfolio.
"I was renovating our dream home in Hertfordshire and we were renting in Newcastle when I was diagnosed so I just bought up here. I want Jess to have that support network around her when I’m gone."
Jonnie said that his wife Jess, 40, was 'born to be a mum': "I meant that in the best possible way, I think she’s like her mum.
"She’s brilliant with the kids and she’s got so much love to give. I’m lucky to have her.
"I know she’ll be fine when I’m gone. She’ll need support but I think she’ll pour all her love into the kids and it will be good for her and good for them.
"They are hard work, like all kids, so you can’t do anything but envelop yourself in that world.
"But there will be times she wants to moan and I’m not going to be there."
The presenter had previously told Hello! magazine: "I might inspire people who are living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day, to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.
"One day, this is going to catch up with me, but I'm doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible."