Julia Bradbury keen to live ‘off the grid’ following breast cancer battle
Julia Bradbury is known for her love of the great outdoors, and she credits nature for aiding her health following her cancer battle.
The presenter was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2021 then underwent a single mastectomy in October and is now in remission.
She has been sharing her journey and recovery very openly, and the 52-year-old frequently encourages others to regularly check their breasts for anything out of the ordinary.
Now, Julia has expressed her desire to live off the grid, a great believer in the ‘power and importance’ of nature.
Speaking to The Sun, the star – who lives in London – said: ‘I’d love to live off grid. I love the idea of it [although] I’m not sure practically how that would work with my partner’s work!
‘I’d like to disappear into a jungle for three months of the year and just go and live that kind of life, call it an extended I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, only without eating the kangaroo a***holes!’
Julia added that nature can be ‘incredibly good for our health’.
‘On holiday, I sit for hours with my kids on the beach, talking, watching the sunset or the sunrise, watching the seagulls, listening to the waves,’ she says, sharing son Zephyr, 11, and twin girls Zena and Xanthe, seven, with husband Gerard Cunningham.
‘That’s why we feel so revived when we come back from a holiday, when we’ve had vitamin D from the sunshine.’
And as the television host prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day, Julia is eager to see the positives in all days.
‘I’m grateful for every single day and I do look at life differently, certainly,’ she said, having had a 6cm tumour removed from her left breast.
‘Obviously, when something like a cancer diagnosis comes your way, your whole world becomes about that, how you are going to handle it and the impact on your family, friends and loved ones. You don’t think too far into the future [but] about getting through things, day by day.
‘I decided very early on that I was going to try and maintain a very positive mindset, and that I would approach it a bit like a TV project, which was to learn everything.’
Julia said she’s been ‘working very hard’ on trying to find ‘calm and peace’ in her daily life.
She acknowledges that human brains are ‘geared towards a negative state’, but by ‘practising gratitude by journaling or meditation’, she’s been able to alter her own mindset and ‘approach difficulties in a more positive way.’
‘We will always be beset with issues, problems and stress at work. We can’t live a trouble-free life, but what’s very important is how we learn to manage those stresses.’
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