Jonnie Irwin asks fans to ‘learn from my mistake’ after cancer diagnosis

Jonnie Irwin implores public to ‘learn from my mistake’

Jonnie Irwin, 49, has bravely opened up about his battle with incurable cancer in a candid interview with UK life insurer AIG Life.

During the first episode of the organisation’s new OneChat podcast, the former A Place in the Sun presenter discussed the punishing financial impact of dealing with cancer. 

He also expressed how keen he was for people to learn from his story and buy critical illness insurance, after calling cancer an “expensive” illness. 

The Escape to the Country presenter described how he hopes a part of the positive legacy that he will be leaving behind is by waking people up to the financial impact of cancer. 

He said: “One of the reasons I came out and told people about my story…I want people to learn from my mistake.

“I didn’t take critical illness insurance out and therefore I had to keep working,” he revealed. 

“Without work, I’ve got no means of paying the bills. And if I had taken the critical illness insurance out, that could’ve covered my outgoings and I probably could’ve told the world a lot sooner. 

Last year, Jonnie bravely revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis, sharing that he doesn’t know how long he has left to live.

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“I could’ve had two years of living a more open lifestyle,” he added. “And I want people to learn from that mistake.”

“To be able to concentrate on your family and friends, and concentrate on the battle with cancer, and your health, or do the things you want to do is the most important thing. 

“Because I didn’t have that cover, I’ve not been able to do that. And so I implore anyone if they’ve got the opportunity, do it now. Don’t put it off.”

The first warning signs of Jonnie’s illness came while he was filming episodes of hit Channel 4 property programme A Place in the Sun in August 2020.

In a heartwrenching interview in November of last year, the star described how he had been given six months to live within just a week of flying back from filming the show. 

OneChat is available from Wednesday, May 24 on Amazon, Apple, Google and Spotify podcast platforms.

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