Jonnie Irwin expressed his joy at his home renovations this weekend as he gave his fans an update amid his battle with cancer.
The 49-year-old TV presenter had just six months to live when he was diagnosed in August 2020 with stage four lung cancer, which has spread to his brain.
In recent weeks, he’s taken the time to update his home and share photos and videos of the progress online with his social media followers.
On Sunday, he posted on Instagram some images of a wood paneling he had installed on the underside of the roof outside.
He captioned his post: “With a tight budget we could only use this material sparingly, but I think it looks great. Anyone who visits our home will immediately take a frog march to view and honor the beautiful cedar soffit. #cedar #houseporn #renovation.’
Impressed: Jonnie Irwin, 49, expressed his joy at his home renovations this weekend as he gave his fans an update amid his battle with cancer
Work: Over the past few weeks, he’s taken the time to update his home and share photos and videos of the progress online with his social media followers
He added: ‘It already looks impressive, this cedar, but you don’t bring out the rich colors until you put some oil on it.
“Then it gets so much richer and apparently gets another coat or two.
“So not only is it protected, but it looks so much better.” I’m exhausted.’
Last month, Jonnie gave a heartbreaking update amid his tragic battle with cancer.
The presenter was given just six months to live when he was diagnosed in August 2020 with stage four lung cancer, which has spread to his brain, and publicly shared his prognosis in December.
During an interview with The sunJonnie said, “I’m weak now, fragile, and my memory is terrible…but I’m still here.”
Jonnie then explained: ‘I was trying to play football with Rex the other day and was in goal and I couldn’t get to the ball. It was so frustrating.
‘I’m very sporty and suddenly it’s like… it was like it was the first time I played football. I felt like a grandpa. And that broke me a bit.’
Result: On Sunday, he posted on Instagram some images of a wood paneling that he had installed on the underside of the roof outside
Delighted: He captioned his post, “With a strict budget, we were only able to use this material sparingly, but I think it looks beautiful,” while sharing a photo of the cedar paneling
Jonnie lives with his wife Jessica, 40, and their three children – son Rex, three, and twins Rafa and Cormac, two, in Hertfordshire.
During the interview, Jess recalled the moment Jonnie came home and told her about his terminal diagnosis: “He couldn’t stop apologizing. He kept saying ‘sorry’ over and over and I kept saying it wasn’t his fault.’
She added, “I think I’m still in denial about a lot of it if I’m being honest.”
The father of three was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020 and had months to live.
The TV presenter initially decided to keep his illness private, but went public a year later.
Jonnie recently spoke about his condition and said he tries to reminisce as much as possible with his wife Jessica and their three sons.
Heartbreaking: The TV presenter was given just six months to live when he was diagnosed in August 2020 with stage four lung cancer, which has spread to his brain (pictured with his wife Jessica, 40, and their three children – son Rex, three and twins Rafa and Cormac, two)
It comes after Jonnie said he plans to record video messages so that he can still talk to his beloved wife and three children after his death.
Jonnie hosted a segment on digital legacy on Morning Live earlier this month, giving hosts Rav Wilding and Kimberley Walsh goosebumps.
The Escape To The Country host said he will “take every opportunity” to give his wife Jessica and their three children a bright future after he is gone.
After watching a clip about how a woman battling stage 4 colon cancer records a short clip every day for her loved ones to watch while she’s gone, Jonnie said he plans to do the same.
‘It’s great to think that after my death I can also talk to my wife and children. My diagnosis has demanded a lot from me, but it has given me the opportunity to prepare.’
Reflecting on his own actions to date, Jonnie said, “I have a lifetime of memories and while many have been stored online over the years and while I’ve got my act together since my diagnosis two and a half years ago, I didn’t think much about my digital legacy.
“I’ve put thousands of photos and digital images online, but when I pass them on, I have no idea what will happen to those images.”
Back in the studio, host Rav said, ‘I’ve got goosebumps. What a powerful film from Jonnie. I think that movie is a real reminder of all the practical things you can do.”
Kimberley: ‘It’s heartbreaking. I think creating special memories with your loved one can be as easy as sitting down for a Sunday roast.”
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TV presenter Jonnie Irwin has revealed he suffers from terminal cancer and says he hopes sharing his terminal cancer diagnosis will inspire others to ‘make the most of every day’
Born in 1973, Jonnie Irwin grew up in Bitteswell, Leicestershire, and attended Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College before becoming a real estate agent.
In 2004, Irwin along with co-presenter Jasmine Harman were selected from hundreds of applicants to present Channel 4’s show A Place In The Sun – Home Or Away. The real estate program was a surprise hit and was widely syndicated. Irwin also regularly presents BBC’s Escape To The Country and To Buy Or Not To Buy.
In January 2011, Sky 1 broadcast Irwin’s own show called Dream Lives for Sale in which he helped people leave their lives in the UK to buy their dream business.
Later that year he started a new series The Renovation Game which aired weekday mornings on Channel 4.
In addition to presenting, he is also a commercial director for Judicare, which describes itself as a ‘specialty law firm providing legal advice to clients on all matters related to foreign real estate’.
Irwin married Jessica Holmes in September 2016. Together they have three sons and lived in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire before moving to Newcastle.
On November 13, Irwin was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He told Hello magazine, “I don’t know how long I have left, but I’m trying to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it.”