THE FINAL CELEBRATION THAT THEY WILL BE TOGETHER
Those who have been following the event since the beginning already know that the hero of this sad story is Jonnie Irwin, who was in front of the camera for a while and whose contract was not renewed by the producers after his illness was revealed, that is, he was unemployed. He has served A Place in the Sun 49-year-old Irwin and his wife Jess, known for the real estate program called “Irwin’s last Christmas,” told the British Daily Mail newspaper how they would spend their last Christmas.
LEAVING AN UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT FOR LITTLE CHILDREN
“We’re planning a family party. Mom, dad and brother Freddie,” said Jess Irwin. The young woman added that they did their best to make this party that they will organize at their house very special and that the guest list was extensive. His sisters, their spouses and children, their best friends… The aim is the three young sons of Jonnie Irwin and Jess Irwin who have little time to spend with their father; two year old Twins Leaving Rafa and Cormac and four-year-old Rex an unforgettable memory.
‘WE ARE GOING TO A PLACE WE DON’T WANT TO BE’
Jonnie Irwin, who was told that he had a short time due to the cancer he was caught, explained his situation by saying, “I was told that I have months to live. Actually, we are heading towards a place we do not want to be.” But there is also an interesting situation. Irwin was diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Although it was said that he had “months to live” at that time, Jonnie Irwin managed to hold on to life for two years. According to Irwin, his illness, which started in his lungs, spread to his brain and liver.
pessimism, as if waiting at the gallows with incurable optimism
Jonnie Irwin’s mood ranges from bold optimism to pessimism, as if waiting for his turn by the gallows, he admits. But he takes it in a totally realistic way: “People tell me I’m going to beat this and I’ll be fine, I shouldn’t worry. But it probably won’t,” she says. Irwin’s treatment actually wasn’t going bad at first. Although the treatment applied to keep the disease at bay and regress was successful, over time, the spread took place at a rate that surprised even the doctors.
‘WE ARE TRYING NOT TO MOVE’
Jonnie Irwin doesn’t hide how his illness has affected him. He tells that they try to live as normal a life as possible as a family. “We’re trying not to grieve and make the most of every day. I’m still working. I do voiceovers. I try to generate positive thoughts. People ask me how I can stay so optimistic. I’m actually kind of pretending.”
Jonnie Irwin, as he puts it, is battling the disease with his “obstinacy”. He sums up his views on this subject as follows: “Probably, I am more stubborn than positive. I am determined to do something every day. I feel guilty when I sit down.”
‘He did his best for us in the last months’
Jonnie Irwin‘s wife, Jess, is trying to suppress her fears and support her. She tells that her husband did not sit in a corner despite his progressive illness, and even some renovation works were carried out in the house. He states that all of this helped Jonnie distract himself from himself and his illness. “Jonnie has done his best to take care of me and the children in the last months,” the young woman says.
‘THE BIG PAIN THAT WILL HIT ME’
But as much as she tries to stay optimistic, Jess Irwin isn’t all that hopeful. She explains this with these words, the mother of three, who lives with the fear and pain of losing her husband: “This sadness frightens me. The pain that lies before me frightens me. Actually, I have never had dark thoughts about myself. But now I am thinking about how to deal with this sadness. I will have to do this for my children.” I know.
‘WHY BREAK CHILDREN’S HEARTS?’
johnnie and Jess Irwinmakes no secret of their intent for this “last time together” Christmas to be the setting for unforgettable memories for their three young children. They point out that they won’t tell them it’s their last Christmas together as a family. They explain the reason for this as follows: “We will not tell them this truth. Why should we break their hearts when they are so cheerful and happy and enjoying themselves so much!”
‘I HOLD A DIRTY SECRET’ In 2020, Jonnie Irwin, who learned that he had cancer after going to the doctor due to health problems in Italy, where he went to shoot the program, explained this fact, which he kept secret for two years, in an interview with Hello magazine. “I’m keeping a dirty secret,” said Irwin, speaking candidly about his illness. Jonnie Irwin, who became famous for the programs A Place in the Sun broadcast on TV1 in England and Escape to the Country on the BBC, said that he was diagnosed two years ago and that he was given six months to live. But despite this, he struggled with the disease and came to this day.