Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury has revealed she is battling flu-like symptoms this week and feels as though she’s ‘gone backwards’.
The TV star has been recovering from having a mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in-situ in September.
For the most part, Julia appeared to be getting back to good health post-surgery but she’s suffered a setback after being struck down with a cold or flu.
In an Instagram post, the presenter filmed herself on a walk and said: ‘Hi everybody, I’m back in my pyjamas today. I’ve sort of gone backwards this week.
‘I’ve been feeling better and stronger every week since my op, but this week I’ve got really flu-ey symptoms.’
Pre-empting concerns that it may be Covid, with the Omicron variant rapidly spreading, Julia added: ‘I’ve done a Covid test and that’s come back negative.
‘I’m really phlegmy and coughy and chesty, all I really want to do is stay in bed. But I’ve forced myself to come outside and just get 20 minutes out here because I know it will fill my lungs with some good air.’
She continued optimistically: ‘So I’ve just got to push through a bit and then go back to bed. Hope you’re having a good weekend!
‘I’m sending lots of love, don’t forget to get your outdoor time – it is so important.’
The 51-year-old found a lump in her breast in March 2020 and was told that it had grown to 6cm when she had her mastectomy this October.
In the caption of her Instagram post, Julia spoke about the important of looking after our mental health and wellbeing and finding things in everyday life that can support this, such as walks and ‘connecting to nature’.
‘Many of us live a fast-paced urban life, with long working days and long, crowded commutes. In these environments there are many pressures that affect our mental health,’ she wrote.
‘That’s why it is worth making the time for nature, in whatever way works for you, even when things get busy and other priorities feel more important.’
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