27 June 2020

Sky Sports presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao reveals cancer has returned and is ‘nastier’ than the first time

Sky Sports presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao has confirmed her cancer has returned.

The 55-year-old took to social media to reveal that she had stage three breast cancer and that it was 'much nastier’ than before.

Beltrao's heartfelt message received plenty of responses from those in the media (PA)

Speaking on Twitter, she said: "During lockdown I took my own advice, did a check and found a tiny lump just here. Had it checked out and biopsied straight away.

"Turns out it's a grade three breast cancer, much nastier than the first one I had.

"I'm sharing this because it felt weird to be going back to work on Sky and being on social media and acting like everything was shiny and perfect and fun when it wasn't.

"For the last four weeks myself and my family have been walking through a living nightmare.

"But I am where I am. I've got a great medical team around me, my amazing family and all the support of my friends. I've just got to get on with it. And I am.

"I've done two chemos already, I've got 14 to go. I'm also on a keto diet, a dairy-free diet and I'm doing lots of alternative things like meditation because everyone knows how much I love my yoga. But if you've got any spare blessings or prayers, I will take those as well."

Beltrao competed as a gymnast at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles before getting into the media.

She was originally confirmed to have breast cancer back in 2013, with her diagnosis coming on Christmas Eve.

And the announcement that her disease has now returned led to an outpouring of love from famous faces on Twitter.

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