Theo Burrell on Antiques Roadshow in 2020
Antiques Roadshow presenter Theo Burrell has said that, according to the average life expectancy for her type of brain tumour, she should only have a couple fo weeks left to live.
However, the BBC star has confirmed that “things are looking OK at the moment”, according to the most recent scans.
Last year, the 36-year-old auction specialist received her devastating incurable brain tumour diagnosis soon after giving birth to her little boy.
Speaking about the realities of living with a terminal illness, she told MailOnline: “I don’t want to know how long I’ve got — I know myself well enough and told the doctor, ‘If you give me a figure, I will focus on that for what’s left of my life and it won’t do me any good.’
“He said, ‘OK, fair enough, I just want you to understand the seriousness of this situation’ and I told him I absolutely get it.
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“The average life expectancy for my type of tumour is 12 to 18 months, so, by those reckonings, I would only have a couple of weeks left,” she continued. “But, according to the scans, things are looking OK for me at the moment.”
Theo celebrated her baby son Jonah’s third birthday just last month, revealing they had enjoyed the festivities a few days early for fear that any bad news from scan results might ruin the event.
Discussing how she tries not to focus on how much time she has left, Theo reflected: “I used to worry a lot about how I’d cope with a serious illness and when I got this diagnosis it almost freed me from that. I just had to get on with it.
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“While I obviously wish I didn’t have a terminal illness, it’s liberating in lots of ways. I just don’t worry about the same small things any more and now live day to day, appreciating what’s happening, instead of always planning and looking to the future.”
She went on to explain how she has channelled her anger and pain over receiving such a life-changing diagnosis seemingly out of the blue into raising awareness about the luck of funding for glioblastoma research.
Last week, she was made patron of the charity Brain Tumour Research, which left her feeling “incredibly honoured”.
Last month, Theo shared a positive update with her 638 Instagram followers after receiving stable scan results.
“Good news! Another stable scan under my belt,” she wrote next to a snap of herself with a party blower in her mouth.
“Long term, my GBM is still bad news, it will get me, but today we can celebrate another few months of life!
“Never take the good things in your life for granted. Ever,” she added with a heart emoji.
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