Countryfile's Adam Henson's wife wrote goodbye letters after fears confirmed

Adam Henson
Adam Henson married Charlie after her devastating diagnosis -Credit:(Image: BBC)

Adam Henson, known from his role on Countryfile, shared that his wife Charlie penned farewell letters to their family, believing her life was about to end due to cancer. Describing the emotional impact of Charlie's pancreatic cancer diagnosis at 57, the farmer said "We cried a lot" The pair decided to get married shortly after Charlie received her shocking diagnosis, preceding a crucial surgery instead of going on a honeymoon.

Charlie revealed she had always been in "good health" until she began experiencing stomach troubles in 2020. Her discomfort escalated around Christmas 2020, pushing her to seek medical help early the following year.

Initially considered a potential farm infection, she underwent tests. Despite coming up negative, by May Charlie was suffering from severe diarrhoea and lost 10lb.

She said: "I'd sneakily Googled my symptoms and found they could indicate pancreatic cancer. I mentioned it to the GP and she recommended a scan. Waiting for it at the hospital I was overcome with absolute dread. I knew something awful was wrong with me."

Despite the imminent bad news, Charlie and Adam strived to move on over the next few weeks. However, during Adam's work trip filming in Scotland, his wife received devastating news, reports the Express.

"It was both barrels," Charlie recalled, detailing how the scan revealed a large tumour on her pancreas. We knew people who'd died of pancreatic cancer and I absolutely felt this was going to be the end of my life.

"Before flying home, Adam called Charlie and was left "totally lost" by the news of her diagnosis. Shortly after, Gloucester Royal Hospital confirmed what they feared."

I felt physically sick," the Countryfile presenter admitted, while Charlie disclosed: "Our darkest fears were confirmed. Adam had to practically carry me down the corridor. My legs were like jelly. Charlie had never prioritised marriage, but following her diagnosis, it suddenly became crucial."

I needed to bring us together before I died," she said, with Adam quickly agreeing to the proposal.They soon consulted one of the country's leading experts, and Charlie was scheduled for a risky surgery, uncertain of the outcome.Reflecting on that tense day, Adam recalled: "There were a lot of tears and a lot of emotion in the room."

The following day, the family headed to London for Charlie's surgery. Bracing for the worst, she had penned farewell letters to Adam, their children, and her sisters.

Two years on, Charlie has resumed work part-time and has biannual scans.