In the sixth episode of season three of the Her Spirit podcast BBC Breakfast Louise Minchin and BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson talk to sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao.
Jacquie is a sports presenter at Sky News and Olympian (1984). She is currently going through Breast Cancer again, having been diagnosed for the second time in June 2020. Jacquie is a mum of three, wife to Eduardo, sister, and loves her rescue dogs and yoga.
She joined Sky News in 1992, where she first worked as a publicist before later becoming a sports reporter and presenter. She now presents updates on weekends (Friday to Sunday ) during Sunrise and for the first hour of the following programme.
For more than six years, the popular Sky News sports presenter had lived disease-free after first being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Jacquie, who has worked at Sky for 28 years, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2013 and underwent chemotherapy, a mastectomy and reconstruction.
Doctors told her the chances of the cancer returning in the next five years were around three in 100 — odds she described as “pretty damn good”. But after she found a pea-sized lump just below her collarbone, in June 2020 her worst fears were confirmed. She was diagnosed with aggressive, stage four breast cancer.
Her approach to enhancing her wellness was to gave up dairy, changed her diet, and run three times a week, and loves yoga. Attending her annual check-up in January, she was told she was still cancer-free.
She talks openly to Annie and Louise about how she has approached her life with cancer, family life with Eduardo her three children and time in Rio and her "feisty" approach to life. Her love of yoga has helped her on her road to enhanced wellness as has getting back to running in the outdoors.
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