Susan Jane White shares her scrumptious ‘I can’t believe it’s beetroot’ beetroot chocolate cake

IMAGE

In defence of cacao from a daily cacao practitioner

Niamh Ennis

The weekend shopping fix: dopamine dressing and beauty that gives back

Holly O'Neill

Are doctor office visits a thing of the past? This new virtual hub might be...

IMAGE

Top of our wish list: candles that are maybe too pretty to burn

Megan Burns

The state of the fashion trend: Do they still exist or matter?

Marie Kelly

This gorgeous redbrick home in Rathmines is on the market for €825,000

Lauren Heskin

Boudoir photoshoots: ‘I wanted to create a place for women who don’t currently love their...

Jennifer McShane

Join this virtual event, where global leaders ask ‘what’s next’ for businesses, live events and...

Shayna Sappington

Image / Editorial

Rachael Bland’s husband reveals son’s heartbreaking words after her death


by Edaein OConnell
14th Nov 2018

Rachael Bland was 40 years old when she died in September of this year.

The BBC Radio 5 broadcaster had been battling breast cancer and presented the popular podcast You, Me And The Big C. Together with presenters Deborah Hames and Lauren Mahon, they candidly discussed their battles with cancer, its difficulties, as well as debunking myths.

Related: It was three in the morning when
Lisa and Dave said goodbye

Now, Rachel’s husband, Steve Bland, has spoken on the podcast for the first time since her death; sharing the heartbreaking words their son said in the wake of her untimely death. He spoke of how he broke down and cried, and that Freddie told him, “Daddy, don’t worry, it’s just us two now. It’ll be OK.”

He spoke of the difficulties he was now facing as a single parent. “There have been occasions where I’ve lost my temper with him,” Steve said, “and I know I wouldn’t have done in normal circumstances. I shouted at him because he was being a right pain… I was trying to get him dressed. I started crying because it really upset me that I’d shouted at him. And he just turned to me and he said, ‘Daddy, are you crying because of Mummy?’ and I said ‘Yes’.”

But he also spoke of the immense joy that three-year-old Freddie has given him in this difficult time, saying, “He’s brilliant – he’s a bit young really to understand – even on a very base level – what’s happened. But he’s just full of energy, full of joy, full of life, keeping us busy – he’s fantastic. You can’t look at him without seeing Rachael either, so it’s a little bit of her all the time just next to me.”

Related: Read our list of the six best books, plays
and podcasts dealing with grief

In the podcast released today, Steve spoke openly at just how difficult Rachael’s final days were, and that if given the choice again, they would have chosen hospice care over remaining at home.

“I didn’t feel like anyone actually explained how hard and how demanding those last four or five days were going to be,” he said. “I might be wrong, but I just feel that if Rachael had known how hard it was going to be, she might have wanted to go into a hospice or something else. I just don’t know that either of us understood how tough those last days were going to be; how demanding on her it was, only having me looking after her, and how demanding it was on me.”

He spoke of the good and bad days he has had since Rachael’s death, and how he found it difficult to reconcile the Rachael in the “media storm” to the Rachael he knew at home. He said, “It was very hard, because my Rachael wasn’t the Rachael who did the podcast; she wasn’t the Rachael on the TV, wasn’t the Rachael on the radio.”

“My Rachael was the one who sat next to me on the sofa watching crappy TV. You know, who shouted to get a glass of wine or whatever.”

The podcast is available to listen in full on the new app BBC Sounds.

Also Read

EDITORIAL
Here’s how you can watch a new short film starring Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal fans, this one is for you… A 14-minute...

By Jennifer McShane

Netflix
EDITORIAL
5 uplifting Netflix picks that will absolutely bring you joy

For a lift, reminding us of simpler times, and that...

By Jennifer McShane

Aoibheann MacNamara
EDITORIAL
Inside a house conversion brimming with Scandi-Galwegian chic

Artistic dynamo Aoibheann MacNamara has loved every moment she’s spent...

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

sore eyes UTI period
EDITORIAL
Health Check: What are prostaglandins and how do they affect my period symptoms?

If you find yourself suffering with symptoms like cramping, sore...

By Erin Lindsay

Has society become more tolerant of the idea of dating interracially?
premium IMAGE WRITES, REAL-LIFE STORIES, RELATIONSHIPS
Interracial dating: “People kept asking ‘where is she from?'”

With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.

By Filomena Kaguako

Elizabeth Day
EDITORIAL
Elizabeth Day: ‘Life is full of failure. But it’s never too late to change your life’

Failure is a natural element of the cycle of life....

By Jennifer McShane

EDITORIAL
The Menopause Diaries: The dreaded dryness down under

Helen Seymour is in Peri-Menopause, or at least she thinks...

By Helen Seymour

HEALTH & WELLNESS
The trickle of information from the Government on restrictions has made a grim situation so much worse

By Amanda Cassidy