Gardeners World presenter Rachel de Thame reveals she is battling breast cancer

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. I’m overwhelmed by the lovely messages following tonight’s @GWandShows #RHSChelsea coverage Thank you so much, it means a great deal to me— Rachel de Thame (@RacheldeThame) May 24, 2018 He added: “That message of hope and belief in the healing power of gardens is not only helping her but spreads to all of us too, so thank you for that.”After her appearance, viewers praised her for her honesty. She said on Twitter:  “I’m overwhelmed by the lovely messages following tonight’s @GWandShows #RHSChelsea coverage Thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.” Rachel de Thame is wonderful. I hope she makes a full recovery. #ChelseaFlowerShow— Rosaleen (@Clonrf) May 24, 2018 The 56-year-old, who has four children, said she decided to make the news public because gardening has helped her in her recovery.She said: “I know there’s a big message this year at Chelsea about the importance of gardening for your general health and mental health…if you’re going through some chronic illness, whatever it is… it’s vital to go out and be in a garden.”Telling viewers it helped her “normalise” the disease, she added: “I just want to be out there and doing it.” Following the interview, host Monty Don said that “anybody who knows Rachel would knows that wild horses wouldn’t have kept her from Chelsea this year”. Rachel de Thame, the gardener and television presenter known for her work on BBC Gardeners’ World, has revealed she is battling breast cancer. Viewers watching this year’s Chelsea Flower Show had contacted the programme to query why she had been absent from broadcasts on the BBC this year.But on Thursday night she made her return, revealing why she had yet to appear on screen in an interview with fellow presenter Joe Swift.She said: “I haven’t been hiding, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the year and so I have been undergoing treatment for that.”[I’m] doing well and coming towards the end of it. It’s caught early so that’s all very positive, so on the whole it’s better not to be working too much just now.”

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