Victoria Derbyshire announces plans to marry her long term boyfriend, months after recovering from breast cancer

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TV presenter Victoria Derbyshire has revealed plans to marry her long term partner Mark Sandell, months after recovering from breast cancer.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival yesterday, the BBC star recalled how she asked Mark to marry her, shortly after first being diagnosed with the disease back in August 2015.

 Victoria Derbyshire, pictured at the Lorraine Show last month, revealed plans to marry her long term partner after receiving the all-clear from breast cancer

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Victoria Derbyshire, pictured at the Lorraine Show last month, revealed plans to marry her long term partner after receiving the all-clear from breast cancer
 Victoria has been in a relationship with Mark Sandell for 15 years

Victoria has been in a relationship with Mark Sandell for 15 years

According to the Herald Scotland, she said: “My first official day of living with cancer was Saturday August 1 2015 and I woke up and I suddenly remembered I’ve got cancer.

“So I got up and went downstairs and Mark is already working at his laptop and I announced to him that I thought we had been together for 15 years and we should get married.

“But I said to him: ‘I do not want you to marry me just because you feel sorry for me.’ He looked at me intently, he’s been married before, and he said with a completely straight face: ‘I think marriage is overrated to be honest.’

“It completely broke the tension and we laughed and, yeah, one day we will get married… but I’m not telling you when.”

 Victoria is a well known current affairs presenter

Victoria is a well known current affairs presenter

The 48-year-old, who is mum to sons Joe, eight, and 11-year-old Oliver, was promoting her new memoir, Dear Cancer, Love Victoria.

After being diagnosed in July 2015 the current affairs presenter had a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Victoria finished her last round of treatment in May 2016.

At her latest check-up, docs told her “there is no evidence of cancer”, but warned there’s an 11 per cent chance it could come back.

 Victoria documented her fight against the disease on social media

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Victoria documented her fight against the disease on social media
Victoria Derbyshire shares her cancer experience with another survivor in powerful film

In a candid interview earlier this month she recalled telling Mark to “sell the house” if she died.

She said: “I remember sitting with Mark at the kitchen table and saying: ‘We need to talk about this.

“‘If I die, you’re going to have to sell this house… sell the house, downsize, the kids can still go to the same schools’.”

She later shared a video of herself removing her wig, saying that losing her hair had been one of the most upsetting aspects of battling the disease.

 Victoria revealed she lost three quarters of her hair while undergoing chemotherapy

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Victoria revealed she lost three quarters of her hair while undergoing chemotherapy

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