One of the hardest things for a parent suffering from a terminal illness is knowing that they won’t be able to watch their child grow up. Rachael Bland could unfortunately attest to that, as she was given just days to live in September 2018. However, just before she passed away from cancer, the newsreader put an ambitious plan in place for her son.
Bland was born in January 1978 to her parents David and Gayna Hodges. She grew up in Creigiau, Wales. During her teenage years, though, the youngster suffered a serious injury in a car accident. Indeed, after being tossed around in the back of the vehicle, she sustained a fractured skull.
In addition to that injury, Bland also needed to deal with the post-traumatic stress disorder that followed the accident. “I was terrified to sleep on my own or without the light on,” she recalled on her Big C Little Me blog. However, after overcoming those problems, the Creigiau native started to plan for her future.