With the annual Chelsea Flower Show back in our lives, royals, gardeners and spectators alike are all rolling out to SW3 to see the best of the best compete.
But this year sees the return of TV presenter Rachel de Thame to the flower show after she was absent from the 2018 show, making the topic of her illness has been unavoidable this year.
So what has Rachel been suffering from?
Read on to find out all about Rachel’s health, her recovery and how gardening has played a massive role in helping her.
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Who is Rachel de Thame?
Rachel is a 57-year-old gardener, television presenter and actress.
Although she appeared in the hit ’90s series Merlin, Rachel is best known for her work with BBC’s Gardener’s World!
She is currently married to Gerard de Thame, with whom she has two children. Rachel also has two children from a previous marriage.
What is Rachel de Thame’s illness?
In early 2018, Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her illness meant she was absent from the Chelsea Flower Show 2018, an absence that alarmed fans. Rachel later confirmed her absence was due to breast cancer live during an episode of Gardener’s World.
I haven’t been hiding, but I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of the year and so I have been undergoing treatment for that.
— Rachel de Thame (@RacheldeThame) May 24, 2018
Has Rachel recovered?
This year on the Chelsea Flower Show, they are taking a particular focus on the benefits gardening can have on people’s health and the environment.
Considering this, there’s no one more suited to present the show than Rachel!
Although Rachel did undergo chemotherapy, she has been incredibly vocal about the importance of the natural world in helping her, alongside modern medicine.
I’m one of the countless number of cancer patients, for whom Yew (Taxus) has provided treatment options https://t.co/xjbEaUScFf
— Rachel de Thame (@RacheldeThame) May 8, 2019
She wrote an entire article for The Times about how gardening helped her recover, in its therapeutic benefits and the natural resources that helped.
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