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You, Me and the Big C now number one podcast after Rachael Bland’s tragic news

The broadcaster announced that her long battle with cancer was nearly over.

You, Me and the Big C has reached number one in the UK podcast charts after host Rachael Bland was told she had “only days” left to live.

The frank podcast features three friends discussing their struggles with the disease which has left the BBC 5 Live broadcaster and mother-of-one approaching the end.

Since the announcement by the 40-year-old presenter on Monday, her humorous podcast has become number one in the charts.

According to the BBC, which produces the podcast, of the top 20 health podcasts downloaded, 15 are episodes of You, Me and the Big C.

Alongside friends Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, Bland has documented her cancer from first discovery, to being told it was incurable in May of this year, to finally being warned there were just days left.

Coping alongside husband Steve and young son Freddie, Bland has fought the disease while trying to deny how long she has left.

She spoke to HuffPost UK before her announcement, saying: “It is as a mother that I have to employ my strongest skills of denial.

“I’m too scared to ask the doctors how long I’ve got left – it would be a guesstimate number that would hang over me. So we make plans, knowing it’s not very long.

“I have a Whatsapp group with Steve’s sister where I send her things I want for Freddie and his future. The things that might overwhelm and upset Steve now but she will make sure happens.

“The main thing is that, while he’s so young, I want him to remember me in some way.”

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