BBC news presenter Rachael Bland has revealed she only has days left to live having been diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
But in a statement on Twitter on Monday afternoon, she wrote: "In the words of the legendary Frank S - I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days.
"It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and Lozz will continue with the You Me and The Big C podcast. Au revoir my friends."
She said: "We still had some hope of holding back the tide for a while, but no one survives metastatic breast cancer long term.
"I’ve not asked how long I have left, because I don’t want a number in my head that I’m counting down to. It’s only ever a best guesstimate – but I’ve got less than a year."
Colleagues responded with messages of support for the popular presenter, with Juliette Ferrington writing: "Oh my goodness Rachael, sending you a bomb of love, strength and peace. In absolute awe of your courage, determination and willingness to fight every single day. Lots of love," signing off her tweet with two kisses.
BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, whose own wife Emma was given the all clear after her breast cancer diagnosis, tweeted his thoughts.
He said: "And then reality suddenly bites and perspective gained. This is awful. No words, other than love to you and Steve (husband)."
Bland's Radio 5 colleague Richard Bacon also offered support on Twitter, writing: "Days. Devastating. Rachael I know saying I'm thinking of you (and our magnificent time together on air, especially all that late night fun) doesn't change anything.
"But I am and I'm so very sorry. Your podcast has helped change the way people talk about all this. You're wonderful."
Comedian Justin Moorhouse, a regular panelist on BBC shows including 5Live's Fighting Talk, simply wrote: "All the love in the world."
In the words of the legendary Frank S - I’m afraid the time has come my friends. And suddenly. I’m told I’ve only got days. It’s very surreal. Thank you so much for all the support I’ve received. Debs and lozz will continue with the #youmebigc podcast. Au revoir my friends. ���� pic.twitter.com/DhMurbqMJz— Rachael Bland (@Rachael_Hodges) September 3, 2018
And fellow BBC journalist Jennie Gow wrote: "You have been such an inspiration both before and now and with everything you have done... forever more."
Mark Chapman, one of the BBC's leading sports radio anchors, said: "Oh Rachael. I am so very sorry. What you have done has been amazing and helped so many. Sending so much love to you, Steve and Freddie (son, three)."
Writing for The Telegraph on August 11, she said: "I’m not scared of dying. I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.
"Even now, knowing the 'no options left' conversation is coming, I can’t crumble and fall to pieces.
"I have to suppress a lot of the darkest thoughts about Freddie growing up without his mummy around. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious times we have left together."
Dozens of well-wishers thanked Ms Bland for both her podcast which she hosts alongside Lauren Mahon and Deborah James and her blog, Big C Little Me.
Financial journalist Steph McGovern was among those singing her praises, and wrote: "Rachael, I am so gutted for you and your family.
"The podcast has clearly helped so many people and you did it with such style, humour and bloody brilliance. Thank you for everything you have done."
Others to offer their support were singer Ronan Keating, BBC's Chris Warburton and Chris Mason, Olympian Greg Rutherford and a host of listeners going through their own cancer treatment.
You Me and The Big C co-host Deborah James simply wrote: "No words right now - just heartbreak."
Twitter reaction to Rachael Bland's announcement
Rachel I don’t know you personally but my heart breaks for you. I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through. This Fucking disease is my greatest enemy. It breaks hearts continuously. I commend you for your bravery and honesty. There are no words. God bless you and yours. X— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) September 4, 2018
Our thoughts are with you Rachael. And also with Steve & Freddie. Your honesty, integrity and humour through all of this has been something to behold. You are one impressive woman and this really is the saddest news. Much love xx— Chris Warburton (@chriswarburton_) September 3, 2018
Thinking of you Rachael — and of Steve and Freddie too. You are an extraordinary person to work with and listen to. It’s clear for all to see what a brilliant Mum, wife and broadcaster you are too. It was always an incredible privilege to share the airwaves with you.— Chris Mason (@ChrisMasonBBC) September 3, 2018
Utterly devastated for you and your family Rachael. What you’ve done to help others is amazing.— Greg Rutherford (@GregJRutherford) September 3, 2018
Words cannot begin to express. You’re an unbelievable inspiration and surreal is not the word. Amazing courage and will help millions of others cope. Love to you all xx— Mike Bushell (@mikebreakfast) September 3, 2018
Like everybody Rachael, I just can’t believe it or get my head around it. You’ve battled so bravefully and with such dignity, and as so many have said, you are an inspiration to us all. It was always a pleasure to work with you and Richard. Much love and peace to you & yours xx— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) September 3, 2018
Oh Rach, words can’t say how this makes me feel. This is the saddest news. You’re an amazing woman and absolute inspiration. Thinking of you, Steve and Freddie xx— Simon King (@SimonOKing) September 3, 2018
Rachael, I have watched in awe at all you have done to help people going though this horrible illness. I know from experience how much it means when there is someone willing to talk about it. You have made a difference Hun - you are a very special lady. xx— Christine Talbot (@christinetalbot) September 3, 2018
Oh Rach. Life really can be so unbelievably cruel. You’ve been dealt a hideous hand but you have been a bloody star and I’m sure Freddie will be too. Sending you all my love as I sit here in tears. You’re an amazing woman. See you for a glass of wine on the other side ❤️— Will Perry (@willperryTV) September 3, 2018
You’ve lit up a great many lives with the way you’ve faced up to the big C - I’m so sorry it’s ending like this. You’ve been amazing. Wx— Wyre Davies (@WyreDavies) September 3, 2018
Heartbreaking �� Cannot tell you how much you’ve helped in the last six months. My Mrs had cancer, we also have a two year old boy. We’ll be forever grateful for your openness. You have changed the way people talk and deal with cancer forever. An incredible legacy ❤️ #youmebigc— alistair magowan (@alistairmagowan) September 3, 2018
Since the very early stages of my diagnosis I have followed you, so funny, witty and positive, I hope I can deal with this with half of your amazing attitude. ��— Alejandra Solis (@alejandrasolis) September 3, 2018
You'll never know just how many people you've helped. You have created a huge legacy, a wonderful insight to millions as to how you live a life of courage. You helped me so much when I was diagnosed, I couldn't talk about it so I listened to you do it. All my love and strength xx— louise martin (@louisemartin25) September 3, 2018
You are amazing. A true gem. Sending all my love xxx— Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) September 4, 2018