Jonnie Irwin gives devastating update about being ‘weak and fragile’ amid terminal cancer battle

Jonnie shared a heart-breaking update (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Jonnie Irwin has shared a devastating update amid his ongoing terminal cancer battle.

The A Place In The Sun star, 49, was told he had six months to live following a stage four lung cancer diagnosis.

Since then, the cancer spread to his brain in August 2020 and he publicly shared his prognosis later that year in December.

He’s since been showered in support as he shares updates on social media, heartbreakingly having recently said he fears his kids won’t remember him and having begun a new treatment therapy.

He’s now shared his ‘frustration’ over feeling weak and being unable to play football with his sons.

Jonnie said: ‘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.

Jonnie shares three children with wife Jess (Picture: Instagram/@jonnieirwin)

‘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 celebrated his 50th birthday early this year, continued to The Sun: ‘I’m weak now, fragile and my memory is terrible… but I’m still here’.

The Escape to the Country shares Rex and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with wife Jess.

He’s previously shared: ‘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. 

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‘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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