After a mastectomy, Julia Bradbury reassesses her lifestyle to stop cancer from returning
In a new one wife & home Shooting, she explained the lifestyle changes she’s making, including giving up alcohol as she strives to be kind to her body.
Julia was diagnosed in September 2021 and underwent a mastectomy.
The TV presenter told the magazine she had “not been kind to her body in the past” and wanted to make changes to prevent the cancer from returning.
Who is Julia Bradbury?
TV presenter Julia Bradbury was born in Dublin on 24 July 1970 and works for ITV and the BBC.
Julia primarily presents documentaries and can be recognized by Countryfile, which she co-presented with Matt Baker and Watchdog from 2004-2014.
In addition to her presenting duties, Julia is known for her charity work. She is an ambassador for several charities including the Scout Association, Bowel and Prostate Cancer and Keeping Britain Tidy. She and her sister Gina Fox raised £7000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
A career highlight for Julia was being awarded an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013.
In 2006, Julia was treated for endometriosis before the 51-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer on September 19, 2021 and required the removal of a 6cm tumor and two lymph glands and her left breast.
- Julia Bradbury was born in Dublin on July 24, 1970
- Married to Gerard Cunningham since 2000
- The couple have three children together
- Julia is worth an estimated $1.5 million
Your relationship: Julia married property developer Gerard Cunningham in a low key ceremony in 2000 and now lives in west London with him and their three children.
Despite suffering from endometriosis, Julia gave birth to her first child Zephyrus in August 2011 before giving birth to twin girls Xanthe and Zena in 2015 after five rounds of IVF.
Julia told the Daily Mail that not only did she want to change her healthy habits to prevent the cancer from coming back, but also for her children.
She said: “My biggest motivation is to stay alive for my children. In the past I was not good to my body or my gut, I had a reputation for drinking everyone else under the table.
“But right now I don’t feel comfortable drinking alcohol because if I drink one unit of alcohol a day, my risk of recurrence over my lifetime is between 5% and 6%.”
After her diagnosis, Julia not only gave up alcohol, but also switched to a plant-based diet.
Your money: In her broadcasting career spanning nearly three decades, Julia Bradbury has amassed a net worth of $1.5 million.
This money is rooted in her work for radio and television, as well as her recent documentary, Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me.
Your social media: With 223,000 followers on Instagram and 175,000 on Twitter, Julia is usually very active in providing updates about her professional and personal endeavors in addition to posting motivational content.
In a recent July 24 Instagram post, Julia shared a video of an elderly man jumping off a diving tower in Greece, inviting her followers to live life and be thankful.
She said: “Life isn’t about how fast you run or how high you climb, it’s about how well you hop. Life can get harder when we live for others, but it also gets richer and happier – don’t take things for granted, take them with gratitude. Only when we realize that life is going nowhere does it begin to have meaning.
Your connections: Julia has many close friends throughout her broadcasting career and beyond, as she once said: “She will no longer work with those she does not like or admire”.
A close friend of Julia’s is presenter Ben Shepard, who shared a heartfelt post during Julia’s diagnosis.
Julia revealed them and Ben now jokes about her breast transplant after her diagnosis by calling it her ‘pneumatic breast’.