Jonnie Irwin has joked he ‘looked a right state’ as he ran for his train amid his cancer battle.
The 49-year-old A Place In The Sun presenter – who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, which has spread to his brain, in August 2020 and was given just six months to live – has kept his spirits up and tried to have a laugh with his fans.
On Monday, he quipped that he looked like a ‘crazed and panicked Chemo boy’ as he tried to make sure he didn’t miss the train to Newcastle.
He shared a selfie of himself sat in his seat, and teased: ‘Must’ve looked a right state – crazed and panicked Chemo boy dragging a wheeled case with a strange transparent shoulder bag falling down his arm and a hot crossed bun hanging from the side of his mouth attempting to run for the departing train.’
He revealed a ‘kind guardsman’ helped him by holding the door, but he then had to face a ‘#walkofshame’ heading back to the opposite end of the train.
He continued: ‘Thankfully the kind guardsman held the door at the far end. My penance was that my seat was at the opposite end so I had to walk past all the passengers who had viewed this spectacle. #walkofshame #relief’.
The post was flooded with messages of support from Jonnie’s followers, with plenty of them replying to dismiss the idea of a ‘walk of shame’.
‘To be fair, I’d call that a “power flex” not a “walk of shame,”‘ commented one fan, while another added: ‘You look fine!! Just hang in there, all those folk will have had their own busy thoughts.’
A third person wrote: ‘Your doing so well & that’s no walk of shame. That’s a walk of determination & strength to carry on. Who cares what people think (sic)’
Jonnie recently shared his ‘frustration’ over feeling weak and being unable to play football with his sons, saying: ‘I tried to play football with Rex the other day and was in goal and I couldn’t get near the ball. It was so frustrating.
‘I’m very sporty and suddenly it’s just like…it was as if it was the first time I’d attempted football. I felt like a granddad. And that broke me a bit.
‘I always thought, “I’m an older dad but I’ll be leading from the front” but I’m now at the back.’
Jonnie, who has Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with wife Jess, continued to The Sun: ‘I’m weak now, fragile and my memory is terrible… but I’m still here.’
He previously revealed some heartbreaking thoughts, admitting he fears his kids won’t remember him and having begun a new treatment therapy.
He said: ‘Every time something really nice happens with them, I have this thing knocking at my door, saying, “Don’t get too happy because you’re not going to be around much longer.
‘Then I think they’re not going to remember me, they’re really not. They’re too young and if I die this year there’s no chance they will have memories.’
Jonnie revealed he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer after previously choosing to keep his health ordeal private, saying at the time that he’s trying to ‘stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it,’ despite ‘not knowing’ how long he has left.
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