Julia Bradbury has revealed she’s had her first full night’s sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The TV host, 51, took to Instagram on Friday to share a radiant selfie of herself buried under the covers, along with a ‘Bonjour’ sticker.
Pouring over the help she received from a reflexologist, she wrote in her caption: “Morning everyone. Last night I had my first full night’s sleep since my diagnosis. No waking up in the middle of the night. Whoop Whoop. Have a nice day folks.
Radiant: Julia Bradbury has revealed she’s had her first full night’s sleep since being diagnosed with breast cancer, which she announced in October
“It’s all about the chinks of ‘good’. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.
#FridayFeeling By the way, for this sleep problem in this case, I asked Rupert, a great reflexologist, to focus on my sleep (lots of work with the big toe!) – and voila.
“I also occasionally use @dreem_distillery peppermint CBD oil and always follow the sleep rules: Don’t eat too late. Put down all the headlamps in your house or flat at night.
‘If you don’t have dimmers, turn off the light and use a table lamp. Stop screen time at least 2 hours before bedtime.
Coping with: Julia posted a topless photo of herself in October as she said she would be taking one last walk with her body before her mastectomy
“I don’t take a TV with me because sometimes I watch things to relax and have fun, but I dim the room lights and dim the TV screen. I don’t watch violent action/thriller-type shows either!
“Go to bed at the same time every night. Make sure to spend at least an hour outside during the day, even if it’s a gray day. Helps set your body’s circadian rhythm.
‘Read a few pages of a calming book to help you drift off. Use personalized essential oils on your pulse points. Don’t practice late at night, but some elongated yoga moves, such as a child’s pose, can help.
‘Avoid caffeine for at least 4 hours before bedtime. There are now plenty of herbal drinks and teas for the night. Keep your phone out of the bedroom or in airplane mode.
Excited: Gushing about the help she received from a reflexologist, she wrote in her caption, “Morning everyone. Last night I had my first full night’s sleep since my diagnosis’
“Think to yourself how lucky you are to lie in a warm, cozy bed and wring your toes against your sheets. #sleep #insomnia #routine #sleep hygiene.’
Julia shared a photo of her digital mammogram on Instagram on Thursday after a ‘brutal’ mastectomy for breast cancer.
The Countryfile host shared a picture of her breasts on the hospital monitor, along with a lengthy caption describing the type of “dense” breasts she has.
Staying upbeat, she joked to her fans, “Here’s my chest photo for Instagram!…You can tell your partner/grandfather/sibling that you’ve seen my chest now.”
Keeping her fans informed: Julia shared a photo of her digital mammogram on Instagram on Thursday as she continues her fight against breast cancer
Julia explained to her followers the importance of breast density: ‘Women with dense breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer than women with oily breasts. The medical world isn’t sure why.
“This increased risk is unrelated to the effect of dense breasts on the ability to read a mammogram.
‘Dense breast tissue can make it more difficult to interpret a mammogram because cancer and the dense breast tissue both appear white in the image. Digital mammograms allow for more detailed analysis, so mammograms are still an effective screening tool.
Scan: The TV host, 51, shared a picture of her breasts on the hospital monitor, along with a lengthy caption detailing the type of ‘dense’ breasts she has
‘My breasts are described as heterogeneously dense. 40% of women fall into this category, which is described as having “some scattered areas of density, but most of the breast tissue is non-dense.”
She continued, “To give yourself the best chance of developing early breast cancer and receiving successful treatment, don’t rely on routine screening.”
“Stay aware of your breasts, know how your breasts look and feel normal, and watch for unusual changes.”
“I’m constantly reminded to take care of the four pillars of health: reducing stress (mindfulness or meditation), staying physically active (exercising at least 4 times a week), staying socially connected and engaged, eating healthy and balanced (really, whole foods, unprocessed packaged foods).’
‘Don’t rely on routine screening’: In addition to the scan, Julia warned her fans to be ‘boob-aware’ and check their breasts regularly to prevent early cancer
The advice comes after Julia posted a topless photo of herself last month in which she said she would be taking one last walk with her body before her mastectomy.
“Goodbye left chest,” she wrote in the caption, hugging her chest and wearing gym tights.
She had previously shared the news on Instagram that she did not have surgery, but has yet to hear if the cancer has spread.
She hopes that she can continue her new life normally after the operation.
Despite her efforts to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a gloomy looking selfie with tears in her eyes.
She wrote in the caption, “I want to share this photo because no matter how much support you have, how much love, or even if you have a clear path to treat your breast cancer…I feel immensely sad.
(There are 100 million people around the world with cancer) I cry sometimes when I read a kind message, or when I think about the reality of my mastectomy, or this morning when I couldn’t hug my kids for school because I am isolating myself.
“And that’s okay. We can be sad, and there are some great support groups and charities to help us out.
‘Check yourself, take care of your body, be aware… and cry if you have to ❤️’
‘Sometimes you just feel overwhelmingly sad’: Despite her efforts to stay positive, Julia was also honest with her followers when she posted a gloomy-looking selfie with tears in her eyes