‘When you hear the words “you have cancer” your world stops’
They’re words no one wants to hear. It’s a club that no one wants to be part of and yet so many are. Any cancer diagnosis is a journey. And that journey is different for everyone taking it. It’s a startling statistic that 1 in 7 women in their lifetime will get breast cancer.
Julia never thought it would be her – until the summer of 2021 when she got the call from her consultant following a biopsy from a lump found in her left breast.
Her journey so far has been documented in “Julia Bradbury – Breast Cancer & Me” which was shown on ITV1 on 28th April 2022.
Mam Tor in the Peak District
There are two main things that, so far anyway, have supported Julia on this journey. One is the healing and nurturing power of nature. The other is her extended family. Last month she was able to combine the two as the family took a walk up Mam Tor in the Peak District – as seen in the closing scenes of the documentary.
Retracing her steps of walks she took as a child, this time as a mother with her own children in tow (along with her parents and sister) – this is the start of Julia’s road to recovery.
“Nature has been very important, but number one is my family. I have an incredibly close, warm, loving family. I have young children, who are my motivation to help me through this. And having the loving comfort of a secure family is something I feel very, very grateful for. That, alongside my friends. I’m very fortunate. Gina, my elder sister, has always looked out for me, and it has certainly tested her to the max during this episode in our lives.“
If you have been moved by Julia’s story or are looking for some support for either yourself or a loved one as they embark on their breast cancer journey, these organisations may be able to help:
Where to stay?
When Julia and the family walked Mam Tor they stayed at the Lose Hill House Hotel, which really is a home-from-home. Losehill House Hotel has been developed into the finest boutique hotel and spa in the Peak District. They are passionate about the Peak District National Park as a wonderful place to live, visit and enjoy, celebrating the unique character of the area in everything they do.
The hotel is beautifully situated near Hope, equidistant from the wonderful villages of Castleton and Edale, all in the midst of some of the best walking and outdoor activity countryside in England.