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Sky News sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao says she had a ‘miracle escape’ from breast cancer after first being diagnosed in 2013.
The former Olympic gymnast, 56, had been told her stage-four cancer had spread to her legs and spine eight weeks ago — and she feared having just months to live.
Last week, the brave presenter received a call while in the car with her family revealing the tumours had vanished and incredibly there is now “no evidence of cancer”.
The news sparked tears, hugs and yells of relief and elation in the car.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Jacquie, 56, said: “It was almost a year ago that my cancer had returned and that it was worse than ever.
Jacquie Beltrao says she had a 'miracle escape' from breast cancer
“I had feared the worst and had times when I’d hear a piece of music and think, ‘That’ll be good for my funeral’.
"There were dark days, so to be told there is no evidence of cancer now is unbelievable.
“I was expecting bad news or, at best, that my aggressive cancer hadn’t got worse. But to be told there is no evidence of it now is beyond my wildest dreams.
“Previously, I may have been looking at two years. Now I can enjoy life again. I’m living proof that anything is possible.”
Jacquie shared the emotional moment with her family
The sports star has called on others to be vigilant about potential cancer symptoms and not to delay seeing a doctor.
Jacquie, who has worked at Sky News for almost 30 years, believes thinking positively about the disease as well as taking a new cancer drug twice a day helped turn her prognosis around.
Jacquie has three children, Amelia, 23, Tiago, 20, and Jorge, 18 – with husband Eduardo. The mother-of-three revealed how her scan results came just two hours after receiving the heart-breaking news her beloved mother-in-law Anna had died.
Jacquie's scan results came after the heart-breaking news of losing her mother-in-law
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Jacquie did not imagine the cancer would be entirely gone
(Image: Sky UK Limited)
She said: “To find out Anna had died was devastating to all of us. It is almost eerie that I got my scan news just a couple of hours later.
“It’s such a shame I couldn’t share the news with her. But who knows, maybe she had a part to play in making sure I got the diagnosis?”
Jacquie, who has almost 100,000 Twitter followers, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She had a mastectomy and reconstruction.
At one point she was told the chances of any cancer returning in the next five years were around three out of 100 – odds she described as “pretty damn good”.