TV’s Sarah Beeny, 50, diagnosed with breast cancer 40 years after disease killed her mother

Sarah Beeny has revealed that she has breast cancer and is currently receiving treatment.

The 50 year old presenter, who is best known for her work on shows such as Help! My House Is Falling Down and Sarah Beeny’s New Life In The Country, has said that despite the diagnosis, she will continue to work on a new Channel 4 series and book she has planned for later in the year.

She has revealed that she has began a course of chemotherapy to treat the cancer last week and will have surgery and radiotherapy early next year. The presenter lost her mother to breast cancer when she was 10 years old.

The presenter, who shares four children with her husband Graham Swift, has admitted that she had “a little bit of a breakdown” after receiving the news in a hospital consultation room.

She added that she plans to draw on her “inner strength” throughout her treatment process and also added in an interview with The Telegraph: “I’m lucky because I live in a family where we all talk.”

Sarah said she'd been waiting to hear she had cancer ever since losing her mother, who was 39 when she died.

She recalled: "The nurse was so sweet and they were really nice to me but I thought, ‘You don’t understand. I have waited 40 years to hear those words.’ I knew I was going to hear it one day.”

She also revealed that her family banded together to help her cut her hair into a short style ahead of treatment.

“To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend getting four teenage boys to cut off your hair,” she said, laughing.

“I was really, really sad before. I think because losing your hair is so real: before that, you can sort of pretend it’s not happening.”

In 2010 Beeny began to chart the renovation of Rise Hall, a Grade II-listed stately home in Rise, East Yorkshire, as part of Channel 4 series Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare.

The presenter and her husband worked to renovate Rise Hall as a family home and wedding venue, then sold the property in 2019.

In March that year she revealed that she was quitting London to move to a seven-bedroom house in Somerset with Swift and their sons.

The couple bought a 220-acre sheep farm in August 2018 and Beeny later said she had decided to make the move permanent after considering her children’s education.

Getting her start on Property Ladder on Channel 4 in 2001, the presenter estimated in a recent interview that she'd helped over 2,000 people with their properties woes since getting into the business.

Speaking to The Mirror, she said: "It’s still so rewarding, especially when I suggest something and initially people think I’m off my rocker, but they try it and love it. That gives me a warm feeling inside. I’ve even been to the weddings of couples I’ve helped, which is lovely."


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