Julia Bradbury admits she ‘can’t wait’ to hug her daughter – as she recovers from mastectomy

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  • The 51-year-old presenter had a mastectomy on Monday while battling breast cancer and was separated from her children
  • Julia has son Jeff, 10, and twin girls Xena and Xanthe, six, with husband Gerard Cunningham
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Julia Bradbury shared a sweet throwback snap with her daughter on Friday, four days after having a mastectomy amid her breast cancer battle.

The 51-year-old television presenter shared the picture on her Instagram page as she reflected on the immediate impact her diagnosis had on her.

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Julia – who has son Zeph, 10, and twin girls Xena and Xanthe, six, with husband Gerard Cunningham – can be seen hugging one of their daughters in the cute shot.

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Happy moments: Julia Bradbury, 51, shared an adorable throwback picture of herself with her daughter after having a double mastectomy on Monday.

Pyaar: The television presenter shared the photo on Instagram and wrote a long tribute to her kids in the caption

Pyaar: The television presenter shared the photo on Instagram and wrote a long tribute to her kids in the caption

She captioned the picture: ‘Lying in the sun with one of my little flowers earlier this year before my breast cancer diagnosis. Your life changes in a minute when you hear the words “You’ve got cancer.”

She revealed that she has been separated from her children for some time as she had to self-isolate before the operation.

Julia said: ‘I can’t wait to hug them. I had to be apart before my mastectomy and it feels like an eternity. Home soon to feel them (gently) again under my wing.

‘The help and emotional support available is amazing. A cancer diagnosis affects your entire family and friendship group, not to mention your work.

‘Thank you all for your positivity. For those of you who have gone through this, thank you for sharing your advice and encouragement.’

Post-op: This post comes after Julia underwent a mastectomy on Monday and opened up about her surgery

Post-op: This post comes after Julia underwent a mastectomy on Monday and opened up about her surgery

Difficulties: Julia explained: 'I need a drain to let the extra blood flow from the surgery and I have to wear a special post-breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next six weeks'

Difficulties: Julia explained: ‘I need a drain to let the extra blood flow from the surgery and I have to wear a special post-breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next six weeks’

The post comes after Julia underwent a mastectomy on Monday.

Taking to Instagram earlier this week to share the news of his operation, he wrote: ‘I’m out of surgery. These will be my new companions for weeks and months to come.

‘I need a drain to drain the extra blood from the surgery and have to wear a special post-breast surgery/mastectomy designed bra for the next 6 weeks to protect my upper body post-op.

‘ (It’s made from bamboo fibers – by @theyahealthcare). * The marks on my chest are markers for my surgeon to follow during the operation.

'Goodbye left boob': Julia shared a topless photo of herself on Instagram ahead of her mastectomy on Friday amid her breast cancer diagnosis

‘Goodbye left boob’: Julia shared a topless photo of herself on Instagram ahead of her mastectomy on Friday amid her breast cancer diagnosis

‘I have now joined a sadly growing club. About 18,000 mastectomies are performed each year on the NHS in England. It has grown by 50% in the last 10 years. (About 100,000 women in the US have mastectomies each year.)

In situ (the type of cancer I was diagnosed with) has tripled in women and doubled in men since the ’90s. Every 10 minutes a person is diagnosed with breast cancer.

‘I am relieved that the operation is over. The concern leading to this was overwhelming. I’m sad that so many breast cancer cases require such brutal treatment, but I choose life.

‘I will do anything to live to see my kids grow up and if this happens to any other family member or them, I will turn places in a heartbeat.’

'Sometimes you're overly sad': Julia posts a candid sad photo and detailed the realities of breast cancer and self-isolating Thursday

‘Sometimes you’re overly sad’: Julia posts a candid sad photo and detailed the realities of breast cancer and self-isolating Thursday

Julia concluded: ‘I would follow Walt Whitman’s advice:’ ‘Always keep your face at the sun and the shadow will fall behind you.’

‘To all you warrior women (and men), I send my love. I’ll put a little bit of my strength…

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