BBC newsreader George Alagiah says he plans to spend the time he has a life and enjoy his family and friends despite his cancer returned earlier this year.
The TV journalist, 64, recalled seeing the headlines about his recent diagnosis in April and thought it was time to start the order of the white lilies ” – a flower commonly seen at funerals.
He was first diagnosed with the disease in 2014, and was later told it had spread from his bowel to the liver, lymph nodes and lungs.
George Alagiah has said that he plans to enjoy his life and his family and friends with the time he has
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “I have seen some of the headlines really about it and I thought:” Oh my God, are they talking about me?’
‘I thought it was time to start ordering the white lilies.’
Alagiah said that he felt the seriousness of his condition by his doctors ‘ reactions.
A montage of news reader of the BBC’s George Alagiah battle with cancer of the intestine
April 2014: George Alagiah, 64 years old, was first diagnosed with cancer of the intestine.
2014-2015: Mr Alagiah has undergone 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat advanced bowel cancer.
November 2015: After the end of treatment, it is returned to the presentation of the functions within the BBC.
January 2018: In a tragic turn, it revealed that the cancer had returned.
March 2018: Mr Alagiah noted that his cancer was terminal, and could have been caught earlier if the screening programme in England has been proposed to 50 instead of 60, as it is in Scotland.
August 2018: The screening of the age, in England, is lowered after the campaign led by Mr Alagiah.
October 2019: Gives an interview where he admits cancer is “knocking on the door of all the days,” but he said that he was not afraid to die.
March 2020: Has a short, the success of the battle with the coronavirus.
April 2020: The Tests reveal the cancer has spread to the lungs, after having been in his lymph nodes and liver.
June 2020: Shares of its last update, he said that he has talked to his doctor about ” doing the sort of business.
He said: “I take my cue from my doctors and they don’t seem afraid of me. I’ve known now for six years.
“In fact, I said to one of them a few years ago that it is better to do that worry for me because I can’t do anything with it.
“I’m not going to spend the time, I’ve learned worrying.
“I want to spend the time, I learned life and do what I want to do and enjoy my family and friends. “
Speaking of the moment in April, when his doctor told him that his cancer had spread to her lungs, he added: “I look at him when he gives me news like the news he gave me at the beginning of this year, it has spread.
‘I look into his eyes and he didn’t look scared, so I’m not scared.’
The Sri Lanka-born player, who has tested positive for Covid-March 19, said that he had begun to see his extended family again, while maintaining the social distance.
He said: “We started during the last three weekends, doing the entire walk through the house and in the garden.
‘This is really, really, really hard, this is my granddaughter, because she was 18, 19 months and does she get social distancing? No, she gets no social distancing, and it’s so hard.’
Earlier this month, he said at the Time: “My doctors have never used the word “chronic” or “cure” about my cancer.
‘They have never used the word” terminal “, either. I’ve always said to my oncologist, ” Tell me when I need to sort my affairs “, and he didn’t say that, but what he had to say, it is that the cancer is now in a third organ. It is in my lungs.’
Mr Alagiah has undergone 17 rounds of chemotherapy to treat advanced bowel cancer in 2014, before returning to the presentation of the functions in 2015.
He credits his family, his wife, Frances and his two sons, Adam and Matthew to help him through the tough times.
The famous presenter said previously, his cancer is terminal, could have been caught earlier if more than 50 years have been screened in England.
He thanked his wife Frances (pictured together above) and their sons Adam and Matthew to help him get through the difficult times
At the time, the screenings were offered as soon as you reach the age of 60 years, unlike Scotland which offers a 50.
After a campaign by Mr Alagiah, the rules were changed in order to propose a screening of more than 50 years in August 2018.
In November, Mr Alagiah has revealed that he has chosen to remain in ignorance of the statistics of mortality in and around her disease.
Speaking to the Bowel Cancer UK podcast he said that he has reviewed his life for six months after receiving the news, and decided that he was happy, despite his illness.