Jonnie Irwin shares inspiring cancer approach: ‘Take every day as a gift’

‘I don’t think the doctors were expecting me to make 2023 but here I am’ (Picture: Instagram/Jonnie Irwin)

Jonnie Irwin has inspired countless people with his positivity and determination since sharing the news of his cancer diagnosis publicly.

In November last year, the A Place In The Sun presenter revealed that he was living with terminal cancer, after the tumour in his lung which he was diagnosed with in 2020 spread to his brain.

In the months since, he has frequently opened up to his fans about the quality time that he’s been spending with his wife Jessica Holmes and their three young sons, as well as the importance of palliative care.

The 49-year-old has also shared inspiring pearls of wisdom following his own experiences, including his personal approach to his diagnosis and the advice he would give to others going through similar situations to his own.

In June, the TV personality made a rare appearance at the star-studded Tric Awards in London, where he appeared in high spirits while explaining the mindset that he has every single day.

‘Today is a good day,’ he said at the time. ‘Yesterday I peeled myself out of bed and munched painkillers but so far so good today.’

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He continued to The Mirror, adding: ‘I take every day as a gift and as it comes.’

Jonnie also explained at the time how much it impacted him finally speaking out about his diagnosis, as he felt as though he ‘could breathe’ as soon as he shared what he was going through.

‘As soon as I spoke out I felt I could breathe. I could talk to people about why I felt ill and why I was losing weight,’ he said.

Emphasising the impact that he hopes his platform could have on other people who have been diagnosed with cancer, he added: ‘I also wanted to show that because you have cancer it doesn’t mean you are a different person. You can still work. Look at me now!

‘I don’t think the doctors were expecting me to make 2023 but here I am and I’m available at work. And I’m especially available to parties!’

In July this year, Jonnie shared an important message about receiving care in a hospice, outlining the misconceptions that he previously had before finding out what it was like firsthand.

Jonnie made a rare public appearance at the Tric Awards earlier this year (Picture: David Fisher/Shutterstock)
The presenter frequently opens up to his fans about his family life with his wife and three sons (Picture: Instagram/@jonnieirwintv)

He admitted that he originally thought that a hospice was ‘very much a boiling hot room full of people that look frail and towards the end of their days’.

However, while speaking on BBC One’s Morning Live, he shared that he discovered this wasn’t the case at all in his experience.

When asked what advice he would give to people who could relate to his experiences, he answered: ‘First of all, embrace it.’

The presenter continued: ‘I implore people to check out the hospice – if you’ve got the choice of using it, then use it.

‘You have a right to a choice of a hospice if you so wish, I would encourage people to at least explore that option, because it’s not this doom and gloom operation that you might think it was.’

In November this year, Jonnie revealed in an Instagram update that his liver function was ‘heading in the right direction’ after undergoing blood tests and scans.

‘There’s bigger issues we will have to confront in a couple of weeks but for now I’m allowed home. I’m taking the small win for now,’ he wrote in an Instagram caption alongside a picture of him with one of his children.

‘Rex tried to stay up to welcome me home but couldn’t quite stay awake bless him, although Reggie and Ronnie were wide awake so I got to them a story. Big big thanks to all the doctors and nurses who looked after me I’m so grateful to be home.’

Macmillan cancer support

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan can offer support and information.

You can contact their helpline on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week from 8am to 8pm), use their webchat service, or visit their site for more information.

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