Rachael Bland’s Husband Reveals Son’s Heartbreaking Words After She Passed Away
Rachael Bland's husband, Steve, has revealed the heartbreaking words his son said to him following his wife's death.
Steve appeared on Rachael's podcast, You, Me, and the Big C, with her co-presenters Lauren Mahon and Deborah James to talk about his wife's passing and how him and son, Freddie are coping.
Rachael passed away in September two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy last year as well as lymph node surgery in February, and was told in July that her cancer had spread even further and was incurable.
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Speaking on the podcast Steve said: "There have been occasions where I've lost my temper with him and I know I wouldn't have done in normal circumstances.
"I shouted at him because he was being a right pain, [I was] trying to get him dressed. I started crying because it really upset me that I'd shouted at him.
"And he just turned to me and he said, 'Daddy, are you crying because of Mummy?' and I said, 'Yes'. And he said, 'Daddy, don't worry, it's just us two now. It'll be OK.'"
Steve also added that Freddie is just like his mum. He said: "He's brilliant - he's a bit young really to understand even on a very base level what's happened. But he's just full of energy, full of joy, full of life, keeping us busy - he's fantastic.
"You can't look at him without seeing Rachael either so it's a little bit of her all the time just next to me."
During the interview, Steve also described the days leading up to his wife's death as 'nothing like you imagine'.
The BBC radio presenter had tweeted just days before she passed away that she would no longer be participating in her podcast You, Me, and the Big C as she had been told she only had days to live.
Describing those final days, Steve said: "I didn't feel like anyone really actually explained how hard and how demanding that last four or five days were going to be.
"I might be wrong but I just feel that if Rachael had known how hard it was going to be she might have wanted to go into a hospice or something else. I just don't know that either of us understood just how tough those last days were going to be - how demanding on her it was, only having me looking after her, and how demanding it was on me."
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