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Victoria Derbyshire in tearful video 'farewell' to chemotherapy

By Jemma Crew

Published 07/03/2016

Diary: Victoria Derbyshire
Diary: Victoria Derbyshire

Victoria Derbyshire has bid chemotherapy farewell in an emotional video diary.

The BBC presenter, who discovered she had breast cancer in July last year, said she "can't stop crying" after completing her last session.

Wiping away tears, the 47-year-old said she was looking forward to having a cuddle with her sons to celebrate.

The former Newsnight and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter said: "I'm home and I'm happy and I can't stop crying, which is mad.

"I think it might be six months of tears just coming out in one go, if that's possible.

"When it was over, the drugs had stopped going into me through the IV drip... I think I felt in shock, I couldn't really speak. Which is not like me as you'll have gathered.

"Now I just want to see my boys after work. After work? After school, and have a cuddle and have a celebratory tea and get on with the rest of my life."

The clip then cuts to Derbyshire's boys presenting her with a bouquet of flowers and chorusing "Happy end of chemo mummy. No more chemo!", to which she squeals and replies: "Gosh, thank you."

Derbyshire shared the video with her 50,000-plus followers on Twitter accompanied by the words: "GOODBYE CHEMO!!!".

The presenter also made a video diary during her treatment last year, when she had a mastectomy.

She previously said she hoped sharing the clips would reassure women that having treatment for the condition is "do-able''.

She was widely praised for her courage in wanting to show other women that having cancer is manageable and that having a mastectomy is no reason to hide away.

Late last year she revealed she felt "low and disconsolate" as she underwent her first cycle of chemotherapy.

In a video diary, which aired on her BBC2 show, Derbyshire admitted she had "a fear of the unknown" as she sat in a hospital bed on November 4.

Derbyshire described becoming "increasingly queasy and drained" following the treatment, spending the next 48 hours in bed, before adding she was glad to get the first cycle "under my belt".

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