Rachael Bland’s widower Steve has shared a poignant childhood photograph of his late wife alongside their five-year-old son to show how alike they are.
Steve, from Cheshire, lost his wife Rachael to breast cancer in September 2018 which she documented on her BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C over a two year period.
Taking to Instagram yesterday, he shared a snap of his son alongside a childhood image of the broadcaster, writing: ‘I always knew that Freddie looks a lot like Rach. And I love that. ‘
Steve’s followers were quick to comment on the photograph, with many saying they were blown away by how similar the mother and son looked.
Rachael Bland’s widower Steve, from Cheshire, stunned followers when he revealed the incredible likeness between his late wife and their five year old son by sharing childhood pictures of the pair side-by-side
Posting the snap, Steve said: ‘To be honest he’s a lucky boy if he keeps her looks and hairline!
‘But I’m not sure I realised just how alike they were until Rach’s mum sent me this pic today!’
Social media users were stunned by the likeness between the two, with one commenting: ‘Oh my word that is brilliant! So similar it is crazy! Loving Rachs 80s barnet.’
Another said they were ‘peas in a pod’, while a third added: ‘I’ve always seen it, he is the spit of Rach.’
Steve lost his wife Rachael (pictured) to breast cancer in September 2018 after a two-year public battle with cancer, which she documented on her BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C
Sharing the snap, Freddie said he hadn’t realise how similar his son looked to his late wife until he had been sent her childhood picture
‘She will always be with you in Freddie,’ another wrote, ‘He is so gorgeous, a real comfort ,and a credit to you.’
Another said the pair ‘could be twins’, while another commented: ‘Wow, the image of her.’
Earlier this year, Steve spoke about watching the relationship between his son and new girlfriend develop, adding that his five-year-old adores his partner Amy.
Posting to his Instagram page, Steve shared a picture of his son Freddie cuddled up on the sofa with Amy reading children’s book Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson.
Social media followers confessed they were amazed by the likeness between the two, with many saying she ‘lived on through’ five-year-old Freddie
‘I just love watching the relationship develop between these two. It’s fair to say Fred adores @vercelli83,’ he wrote, followed by a heart eyes emoji.
Rachael Bland’s cancer, a timeline
November 22 2016: Rachael Bland is diagnosed with primary triple-negative breast cancer that had spread to four lymph nodes under her right arm
December 28 2016: She begins four and a half months of chemotherapy
May 2017: She has a lumpectomy and auxillary node clearance
July 2017: The mother-of-one undergoes a mastectomy
August 2017: Bland has a re-excision of her lumpectomy and starts 15 sessions of radiotherapy
October 2017: CT and biopsy shows cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under her arm on the opposite side to the primary cancer
May 2018: She is told the cancer is terminal and she has ‘less than a year to live’
September 2018: Bland announces she has just days to live in a poignant social media post. She died on September 4.
Posting on Instagram about his partner in March, Steve wrote: ‘I’m finding that, while it’s not always easy, there is plenty of happiness to be found if you go looking for it. And I reckon I’ve found it.’
Steve had spoken about being open to love in September, one year after his wife passed away.
Speaking on the You, Me and the Big C podcast his wife co-hosted with friends Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, Steve admitted he would consider a new relationship if the right person came along.
He said: ‘You only know about these things if you give them a crack. And if it’s not right I’ll soon know about it. I’ll know very obviously if I’m jumping the gun, I’ll know very soon if it’s not the right person.
‘I’m only 39. Hopefully I’ve got 35, 40 years left in me it would be pretty sad to have that on my own wouldn’t it?’.
Rachael died on 4th September 2018 surrounded by her family.
Shortly before her death she told the world she only had days to live and announced the heartbreaking final arrangements made for her family as she bravely faced death.
She revealed she had wrapped 18 years worth of birthday presents for son Freddie, so he had a gift from her until he was 21.
She also wrote her memoirs – simply called ‘For Freddie’ – so he could remember her.
The BBC 5 Live newsreader had also built up a collection of handwritten notebooks, perfume and other personal items so the little boy grows up knowing how his mummy wrote, smelled and sounded.
In March, the podcast producer and presenter revealed he had found love again with girlfriend Amy and called her a ‘Wonder Woman’ for ‘taking on all that Freddie and I bring’. Steve and Amy are pictured together
Rachael documented her journey with the disease in a blog called Big C Little Me since she was diagnosed in November 2016.
The Welsh-born journalist also hosted a podcast series called You Me & The Big C where she discussed the illness.
Her positive BBC podcast explored the disease with frank wit, and occupied the top spot of the UK podcast charts.
Shortly before her death, Rachael wrote her memoirs – simply called ‘For Freddie’ – so her son could remember her