A Place in the Sun star Jonnie Irwin has provided a heartfelt update to his followers on social media after announcing he had terminal cancer.
The English father-of-three said doctors had given him only six months to live.
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In a statement released on Monday Irwin, 48, said he wanted to do “as much as we can as a family” before the time comes.
Despite sharing the news for the first time on Monday, Irwin was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020 and learned that his cancer had spread to his brain.
“I don’t know how long I have left,” he told Hello magazine.
“I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it.”
Irwin developed a huge fanbase as the host of TV show A Place In The Sun, where he helped couples move from homes in Britain to somewhere close to “sun, sea and sand abroad”.
The outpouring of supportive messages he has received since revealing his diagnosis prompted him to provide an update on Instagram, where he has more than 78,000 followers.
“Overwhelmed by your kind messages, not had the chance to read them all yet but I assure you I will,” he wrote.
“Yesterday I needed some headspace so I escaped to the country with my brother-in-law and his dog.
“It was a tonic.”
He shared a series of photographs from his “escape to the country” on a misty day, with sheep in the background and his brother-in-law’s dog by his side.
“Glad you found time for an escape,” radio and TV presenter Sonali Shah wrote.
“No words for you sir, but godspeed and hope you enjoy your time with your family,” wrote another follower.
“My husband and I love your programs, always so upbeat and entertaining,” one fan enthused.
“I live with cancer too and my heart aches for you and your young family.
“Go and blast the best out of every single day, be with people who love you and bring you joy.
“Thinking of you.”
“Literally tens of thousands of people sending you positive, encouraging & supportive energy,” added another.
Jonnie and wife Jessica have three sons – three-year-old Rex and two-year-old twins Rada and Cormac.
The presenter told Hello magazine that he had shifted his mentality from assuming he would not be well enough for certain milestones to instead setting “little markers” of moments he wanted to be around for.
“I got into the habit of saying: ‘Don’t plan ahead because I might not be well enough’,” he said.
“But now I want to make plans.
“I want to make memories and capture these moments with my family because the reality is, my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart.”
The TV star was in Italy filming A Place in the Sun when he experienced blurry vision while driving.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live,” he said.
Despite the initial prognosis, treatment including chemotherapy has helped prolong Irwin’s life.
After two years of living with cancer, he said he wanted to share his story beyond the “very small group of friends and family” who knew.
“No matter what, your boys will be better men for having a dad like you,” one person wrote beneath his latest Instagram post.
“They are lucky, as are you, to have each other.”
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